Welcome to the Society of Professional Journalists' Diversity Toolbox. The 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
We highlight diversity in our mission statement because we believe it is essential to excellence and high standards in reporting. We incorporate diversity in our code of ethics because we believe journalists must make every effort to describe all aspects of the human experience, that we must avoid the stereotyping and limited vision that corrupt accuracy. Comprehensive and fair news coverage is essential to an informed public and to democracy itself.
Journalism is often a rushed business. Good reporters must continually find new sources. And~seeking the truth~requires searching for truths and viewpoints that may not be apparent in every newsroom. We hope you'll use this source book often, and we hope you'll add your own suggestions to it to create an even better tool.
— Robert Leger, Past National President
— Sally Lehrman, Diversity Chair
Dedicated to Charles Jackson: Editor, teacher, mentor, and stalwart for diversity
Funded by the SDX Foundation
Project Director: Sally Lehrman
Thanks to all who helped put this resource together, especially the following: