Diversity and minority audiences

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 […]

The once-vibrant pillars of black media are now fighting for survival — and the landscape is changing

The influence of black-owned media companies, like Johnson Publishing Co.’s Ebony and Jet, on black culture is diminishing. Companies are smaller and lack the financial resources to compete in the media landscape. But to that end, black media executives continue adapt. “If we don’t own our press, we don’t have a platform to speak,” said […]

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 […]

Seven ways media can attract a more diverse workforce

Saturday at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. conference in St. Louis, Andrew Ramsammy, director of content projects and initiatives at Public Radio International, said, “Clearly the issue of diversity is no longer an inside thing. As we’ve seen, the public has keenly become aware about diversity, both inside and outside of media. And they […]

100 years of Pulitzer Prize data shows racial and gender disparities: 84% of Pulitzer winners in the last 100 years have been white

Analyzing 100 years of data on Pulitzer Prize winners, Columbia Journalism Review found that Pulitzer winners are growing more diverse, but that progress is moving very slowly. CJR’s analysis found that 84 percent of Pulitzer winners over the last 100 years have been white, and only 30 African Americans have won. But despite the racial […]

By designing its products to be accessible for those with disabilities, Google’s products become better for all its users

“Accessibility is a basic human right,” says Google’s senior manager of accessibility engineering Eve Andersson. “It benefits everyone.” Though Andersson’s team focuses on how to make Google’s products just as usable for those with disabilities as those without, that focus creates a better product for all users. For example, autocomplete and voice controls are features […]

The Washington Post’s union says women make on average 86 percent of what men make

After it was asked by members to look into pay disparities at the Washington Post, the Washington-Baltimore News Guild says that women earn on average 86 percent of what men at the Post earn. Broken down by job, male reporters earn $7,000 more, male columnists earn $23,000 more, and male producers earn $4,000 more than […]

New York dominates the podcasting industry, putting it at risk of only broadcasting a narrow viewpoint

The Internet is pushing the journalism industry toward the coasts, making journalism centralized in a few cities including New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. That’s bad for the podcasting industry, Adam Ragusea writes, because the barrier to entry is now higher. For someone who may not come from a financially privileged background, moving […]