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‘The race beat does not ghettoize race coverage.’

The New York Times in January moved race-beat reporter Tanzina Vega to covering a criminal courthouse in the Bronx; journalists and other people criticized the elimination of the race beat as de-emphasizing the importance of covering race. Jamil Smith writes that diffusing responsibility for race reporting is risky because many newsrooms are lacking in diversity […]

Fusion will act as a digital testing ground for ABC and Univision

You might have heard: Fusion, a news and entertainment cable network for millennials from ABC and Univision, launches its new website (The Atlantic) But did you know: This interview with Fusion’s editor of digital Jane Spencer covers a range of details such as how the project has shifted from aiming at English-speaking millennials with Hispanic […]

How BuzzFeed grew its Latino audience through a focus on relevant content

Editor Ben Smith published a memo to staff detailing the organization’s Latino audience growth: about a year ago, the organization wasn’t “speaking enough” to a large portion of America, American Latinos, and after a year of efforts, it went from “having relatively few Latino readers to being read, proportionally, more by Latinos than white Americans.” […]

5 questions to tell you how well your organization is developing women leaders

McKinsey offers questions to guide senior leadership of any company in assessing its own management and the development of women leaders. Those questions touch on the following: locating where women are in an organization’s talent pipeline, identifying the skill development for those women, thinking through formal mentorship, rooting out unconscious bias, and evaluating how policies […]

Will NYT’s shift to covering race more widely work better than a beat?

Some readers and journalists responded with disappointment when Tanzina Vega, a Times reporter devoted solely to race and ethnicity, was moved this week to cover an unrelated courts beat in the Bronx. Public editor Margaret Sullivan addresses the move and reports on the rationale according to Dean Baquet: “[This] is not a cosmic decision about […]

How to get women to join the debate in comment sections

Women made only a quarter of comments in a collection of articles on New York Times website in one study; though their comments got more recommendations from other readers on average. This is an example of how “women and men differ substantially in how they engage with online media,” writes researcher Emma Pierson. “And these […]

Diversity: don’t talk about it, be about it

“If organizations don’t start taking diversity of race, gender, background, and thought in newsrooms seriously, our industry once again will further alienate entire populations of people that aren’t white. And this time, the damage will be worse than ever,” writes Aaron Edwards. To find good journalists of diverse backgrounds, tap into the resources from organizations […]

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