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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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