Building a diverse newsroom

There have been many discussions about the benefits of having a diverse newsroom. There have been articles that lament the lack thereof in newsrooms, old and new. And building a diverse newsroom is hard.

Hiring

When it comes to hiring diverse talent, there seem to be a number of recurring strategies:

  1. Continuous recruiting
  2. Paid training opportunities
  3. Using various metrics to evaluate applicants fairly
A conversation about diversifying newsrooms hosted by CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Retaining diverse talent

In many ways, one of the reason we care about having a diverse newsroom is to make sure that different perspectives are heard. A team needs to feel like they are all working towards the same goal and thereby make everyone feel like they want to stay at a place, not just be hired there in the first place.

Further reading

A general guide from The Wall Street Journal on hiring diverse talent
An NABJ write-up on diversifying hiring
Poynter’s Diversity Bibliography (published in 2002, but some interesting links to dig through)
Scratch Magazine’s Interactive Graphic on Diversity in Journalism

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