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An Atlantic reporter analyzed the gender breakdown of people mentioned in her articles and found they were overwhelmingly male

Atlantic reporter Adrienne LaFrance set out to understand gender representation in her own work and found some startling results. In 2013, 25 percent of the 2,075 LaFrance mentioned in her articles were women; in 2015, that number dropped to 22 percent. While LaFrance covers a beat (technology) that is overwhelmingly male, she says this is […]

The New York Times’ sparse coverage of the Flint water crisis shows that there’s likely many stories in the Midwest going uncovered by national news outlets

You might have heard: Nearly a year after The New York Times published a story on the drinking water in Flint, Mich., a state of emergency was declared in Flint earlier this month, but no substantial articles in the NYT had covered Flint’s water since October (New York Times) But did you know: Asking if […]

A group of refugees in Germany launch an Arabic-language newspaper for other refugees

Founded by a group of refugees, Abwab is a new Arabic newspaper in Germany aimed at refugees. Abwab was launched in December, and 25,000 copies of its first edition were distributed for free at refugee shelters and other community centers. That edition was so successful that another 10,000 copies needed to be printed, and a […]

American Dialect Society names ‘they’ as Word of the Year

A group of more than 200 linguists named “they” as the American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year, choosing the gender-neutral pronoun over other phrases such as “thanks, Obama” and “on fleek.” In recent months, news organizations including The Washington Post have accepted the use of the gender-neutral “they,” while The New York Times added […]

Google released its bleak diversity numbers last year because it wanted to lead the way in increasing diversity in tech

Google’s diversity numbers in 2014 showed that the company was overwhelmingly male, 61 percent white and 31 percent Asian, numbers that Google itself wasn’t happy with. But as Google’s director of diversity and inclusion Yolanda Mangolini explains it, Google decided to release the numbers anyway to show they were committed to improving their diversity. Mangolini […]

By not naming a woman as its new managing editor, The Washington Post is ‘emblematic of media industry’s persistent marginalization of women’

With the appointment of Cameron Barr as managing editor, The Washington Post missed an opportunity to show a commitment to diversity, Soraya Chemaly writes. Out of the six editorial senior management positions at the Post, just two positions are held by women. Chemaly writes: “The world’s ‘Most Innovative’ media company seems challenged, like the rest […]

The Washington Post changes its style to allow singular ‘they’

On Monday, The New York Times added the gender-neutral honorific “Mx.” Now, The Washington Post is changing its style rules to allow for the singular “they” to refer to “people who identify as neither male nor female.” From the memo to staff: “It is usually possible, and preferable, to recast sentences as plural to avoid […]

Ideas for bringing different voices into your reporting: Pose a central question to a lot of sources and collect responses in different formats than a traditional interview

The Columbia Missourian’s Joy Mayer outlines strategies for reaching “more than the usual voices” and incorporating more diverse perspectives in your reporting. Among her ideas, Mayer suggests posing a central question to a lot of sources (such as people at an event) as a way to gather a variety of perspectives on one topic. Mayer […]

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