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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 […]

When implementing business changes, consider the underlying value assumptions

When a major organizational change fails, Markus Spiegel, Theresa Schmiedel and Jan vom Brocke suggest that research shows a common theme: “Organizations often don’t consider that the management practices and methods they are about to introduce come with underlying values and assumptions about how things should get done.” Their research calls this a company’s “embedded […]

How to think about growth in a digital economy

“Too many companies are still formulating their growth strategies based on traditional growth planning approaches — yearly cycles, historical analytics, and incremental thinking,” Didier Bonnet and Pete Maulik write. But that kind of thinking won’t get you far in a digital economy, Bonnet and Maulik argue. They argue there’s three universal “truths” for planning for […]

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 […]

How journalists can take care of themselves after the election

Now that the election is over, it’s time for journalists to “de-campaign,” Melody Kramer writes. Kramer talks to psychiatrist Jill Shannahan about how to recover from the election and move away from around-the-clock election coverage. Among Shannahan’s advice: Be around people you like, do what feels good to you, take part in intelligent conversations about […]

Managers’ common fears about remote work and how to solve those problems

Remote work has been around long enough that we can now see that managers’ biggest fears when it comes to letting employees work remotely are surmountable, Alison Green writes. Some managers are afraid that letting employees work remotely will lead to lead to a drop in communication. Green says that’s solvable through the use of […]

A former AP staffer writes a newsletter that keeps former and current AP employees connected

Paul Stevens is a former Associated Press regional vice president who is now writing a newsletter that keeps former and current AP employees connected. When Stevens retired in 2009, AP corporate communications sent out a monthly newsletter, but when that newsletter ended, Stevens decided to pick it up. Called “Connecting,” Stevens rounds up top AP […]

Work is changing, and leadership development needs to change to keep up

“As work itself is changing, some of the basic tenets of leadership development are being challenged,” Ravin Jesuthasan and Marie S. Holmstrom write, as technology changes how people work and ultimately how they’re led. Jesuthasan and Holmstrom write that there’s there three key ways leadership development will need to change as work continues to change: […]

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