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On both chapter and national levels, SPJ provides an open forum for the discussion of diversity issues in journalism. This 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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April Bethea
Online Producer
The Charlotte Observer

Tracy Everbach
Associate Professor of Journalism
University of North Texas

Sandra Gonzalez

Robert Moran

Sally Lehrman
Director, Journalism Program
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Santa Clara University

Christiana Lilly

Jason Parsley

Georgiana Vines
Retired Associate Editor
Knoxville News Sentinel

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The Whole Story: Diversity Tips and Tools
Definition of Diversity

What does “diversity” mean to you?

Keith Woods, group leader in reporting, writing and editing for the Poynter Institute, says excellent, ethical journalism honors the core principles of truth, accuracy, fairness and balance. To be complete, journalists must bring the fullest possible range of people and issues into their work. This means…

Inclusion: Include in your coverage those who have frequently been left out of the news, particularly black people, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, white women, gays, lesbians, and poor people of all races.

Covering the under-covered: Find the people whose stories aren’t being told and tell them. Locate stories that help your readers understand the people and the world around them.

Mitigating bias & prejudice: Strive to tell stories that are free of euphemisms and stereotypes. Examine the framing of stories for unchecked bias.

(From Keith Woods, “A Complete Picture”)

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The Whole Story
Immigration reporting: How to advance it and make it original
Black Americans: The best journalists know their history
Covering the heart of poverty, not just its victims
Reporting on the same-sex marriage debate
The Definition of Diversity
Diversity Style Guides Roundup
Build Some Background
Covering the heart of poverty


Diversity
News/Articles
Diversity Sourcebook
Diversity Toolbox
Sourcebook Teaching Plan
Anti-Profiling Guidelines
The Whole Story: Tips & Tools
Chapter Programming
Diversity Committee


Who's News?
SPJ's Diversity Committee Blog
View all entries
– Muslimedia sheds light on the darkness of media’s coverage of Muslim Americans
– University pays high honor to Pulitzer-winning journalist George Ramos
– October is LGBT History Month

Diversity Committee
On both chapter and national levels, SPJ provides an open forum for the discussion of diversity issues in journalism. This 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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