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On both chapter and national levels, SPJ provides an open forum for the discussion of diversity issues in journalism. The Diversity Committee's purpose is to promote a broader voice in newsrooms across the country and expand the depth and quality of news reports through better sourcing. Its ongoing project is the compilation of experts — primarily women, gays and lesbians, people of color and people with disabilities — through the Society's Diversity Source Book. The Society's relevance to its member is based on inclusiveness.


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Language matters: Think before you write

What does “elderly” mean to you? Is 60 “elderly?” Cyndi Lauper and Tony Blair, both 60, probably would not agree. Is 80 “elderly?” Perhaps, but why use the word at all? Simply state a person’s age. What does “inner city” or “urban” signify to you? Probably not a Manhattan high rise along Central Park, although that location is urban and in the inner city. Words can convey subtle and not-so-subtle meanings, depending on their context. “Inner city” often is a code word for a neighborhood of poor people of color. >Continue reading Language matters: Think before you write

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Get to the Source: A Teaching Plan

Struggling to find ways to incorporate diversity across the journalism curriculum? Use "Get to the Source: A Teaching Plan" as a model for assignments and classroom exercises in diverse source development.

Struggling to find ways to incorporate diversity across the journalism curriculum? Use "Get to the Source: A Teaching Plan" as a model for assignments and classroom exercises in diverse source development. Instructors may use the Rainbow Sourcebook to help journalism students sharpen their analytical skills and learn about source credibility, authority, perspective, and other related issues.

The Whole Story

Browse this expanding collection of resources, presented by SPJ's Diversity Committee.

Browse this expanding collection of resources, presented by SPJ's Diversity Committee. Articles include how to cover poverty, how to turn unfamiliar territory into common ground, and what diversity really means to a working journalist.

Latest Edition: Immigration reporting: How to advance it and make it original

Rainbow Diversity Sourcebook

SPJ’s Rainbow Sourcebook is a searchable database of qualified experts on key news topics from populations historically underrepresented in the news: people of color, women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Rainbow Sourcebook makes it easy to broaden sourcing beyond the narrow demographic band usually found in the news. Search this database by common news topics to find qualified experts contributed by fellow journalists.

To search, check one or more of the topic boxes, then click ‘search.’ You also can search by other criteria, such as languages spoken, listed below. The sources here are national experts recommended by other journalists. You can also use them to work back to local sources.

Follow this link to get started.

Rainbow Diversity Sourcebook mobile app
Want one-tap access to the Sourcebook from your mobile device? Tap here to visit Sourcebook web app and add it to your home screen for when you need it.

Guidelines for Countering Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling

The Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution urging members and fellow journalists to take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of the war on terrorism and to redouble their commitment to use language that is informative and not inflammatory, portray other cultures and religions fairly and seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives.

Programming across the Country

SPJ's Diversity committee compiled this report so that chapters can get a sense of what others are doing and borrow ideas. Most accomplished some interesting diversity work; many partnered with other organizations.

SPJ's Diversity committee compiled this report so that chapters can get a sense of what others are doing and borrow ideas. Most accomplished some interesting diversity work; many partnered with other organizations.

EIJ14 Scholarships and Fellowships: Apply now

Diversity Leadership Fellows Program
Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award

Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Terry Harper passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry’s efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. With a generous outpouring of support, the Society can now proudly provide up to four scholarships to SPJ members to attend its annual convention. Applications due May 12, 2014.

Diversity Leadership Fellows Program: As we face the many challenges of an evolving industry, strengthening SPJ’s diversity efforts is more important than ever. The goal of the Diversity Leadership Fellows program, ultimately, is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. As part of the program, we bring fellowship recipients to the convention to begin a year-long immersion and education program. Applications due May 12, 2014.

Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to SPJ's annual convention. Applications due March 21, 2014.

Diversity Toolbox

SPJ's Diversity Toolbox offers essays and links to resources that will help you broaden the perspectives and voices in your work. Journalists who want to improve their reporting will find valuable help throughout these areas of the site.

SPJ's Diversity Toolbox offers essays and links to resources that will help you broaden the perspectives and voices in your work. Journalists who want to improve their reporting will find valuable help throughout these areas of the site.


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