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Steps newsrooms are taking to boost diversity: Prepare the employees you already have for leadership roles and create fellowship programs specifically for people of color

The benefits of diversity cannot be overstated, Carlett Spike writes: Communities that are undercovered often see no reason to pay attention to a news outlet, and fewer consumers translates into lower revenue. CJR asked news organizations for specific examples of what they’re doing to improve the diversity of their staff. Here’s some of the answers […]

How to reduce bias in the hiring process: Stick to a script during interviews and check that your decisions are made against the right criteria

“Why is it that many of the world’s most advanced companies struggle to create diversified workforces, despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars on diversity training and recruitment?,” NYU psychology professors Jay Van Bavel and Tessa West ask. Part of the problem, Van Bavel and West argue, may be implicit bias (“the idea that even […]

Lessons in inclusive hiring: Recruiting diverse candidates is an ongoing process and formalize your hiring process with a rubric for what makes a ‘good’ candidate

“Building a diverse newsroom is work,” Shani O. Hilton wrote in 2014 — work that begins long before you actually hire someone, Stacy-Marie Ishmael argues. Ishmael shares her lessons from inclusive hiring, including: Recruiting is a continual process, job descriptions are important and can play a part in who’s likely to apply, post your job […]

Why aren’t more women running media companies?

There’s an imbalance in the number of male and female CEOs in media, Jeremy Barr writes. Even at female-focused media outlets such as Refinery29 and Bustle, those companies are led by men. But in order for there to be more women CEOs, Vivian Schiller says more women have to be in that role already: “The […]

New 2016 data shows a bright spot for newsroom diversity

The just-released ASNE census of newsroom diversity shows some types of news organizations managed to grow their number of minority employees in 2016, despite challenging conditions. The trend, though short-term and not perfect, offers cause for optimism that some news organizations are making progress in adding employees from diverse backgrounds even as their staff sizes shrink. […]

A new resource from the University of Missouri helps journalists report on race and hunger

Hunger and race are two issues that communities face every day, but Tom Warhover writes that few newsrooms can sustain coverage of either of these issues over time. To help solve that problem, the Reynolds Journalism Institute created a new resource called Reporting Stories Hidden in Plain Sight. The web-based tool includes definitions of key […]

Bringing diversity to the news industry: 5 good questions with Outlier Media’s Sarah Alvarez

When it comes to diversity in news organizations, Sarah Alvarez is taking action. The Stanford JSK Journalism Fellow runs her own news organization, Outlier Media, which is dedicated to providing data and valuable information to low-income communities. Alvarez previously worked as a senior producer for Michigan Radio, and she also holds a J.D. from Columbia […]

Artificial intelligence has a white guy problem

Sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination are being built into the machine-learning algorithms that underlie the technology behind many “intelligent” systems that shape how we are categorized and advertised to, according to Kate Crawford. Errors in data are occurring all the time: Last year users discovered that Google’s photo app, which applies automatic labels […]

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