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How to Get Help

By Catalina Camia

Some people in the news industry know the ethnic and other media associations only as groups fighting to change employment practices. But the companion mission of these organizations – making sure that stories about race, ethnicity, women, and sexual orientation are inclusive and free of stereotypes – is just as important. For journalists who want to get the story right, the organizations devoted to fair coverage of diverse populations are a good place to start.

These groups and their members don’t profess to speak for their communities. They can, however, be a source for journalists who want to better understand the complexities of a diverse society. Do you get confused by the different holidays celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hmong? Ask the Asian American Journalists Association. Is it correct to say American Indian? Ask the Native American Journalists Association.

Several of the groups listed here have published coverage handbooks. Some have worked with advocacy organizations, community leaders and others to better understand how media coverage can inadvertently perpetuate stereotypes and misperceptions. You can make a difference by asking these associations for help.


Catalina Camia is a diversity fellow at the Freedom Forum. She is a former president of the Asian American Journalists Association and of UNITY: Journalists of Color.

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