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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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Make Your Call on the Washington Football Team Name

The NFL’s Washington Redskins have been around since 1932. The team’s nickname has been discussed, disputed and disparaged for a long time as well. In writing this column, I debated whether to use it. In mid-June, the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office announced that it was tearing up the team’s trademark registration, finding that it was “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus could no longer be given trademark protection. Is avoiding the term advocacy? Team owner Daniel Snyder is on the record saying he will never change the team’s name and fans and supporters – including some Native Americans – embrace the name. >Continue reading Make Your Call on the Washington Football Team Name

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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.

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.

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.


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