Youre a reporter on deadline. How do I properly identify that transgender crime victim?
Youre an editor on deadline. Can my headline be short and sensitive?
Youre an art director on deadline. Is my illustration stylistic or whitewashing?
Youre a photographer on deadline. Is my photo representative or insensitive?
Fast answers for confused journalists
SPJ has partnered with experienced Black and LGBT journalists and educators, including the Trans Journalists Association. Theyll offer concrete advice for your specific situation.
Even if you choose not to follow that advice, youll hang up with an enlightened grasp of the race-and-gender issues currently roiling the news media. And whatever happens on your call, its all off the record.
It’s a consultation, not a courtesy
Youll speak to Black and LGBT experts who are getting paid for their time. But you dont pay them. SPJ does.
Why is this important? Because its become a sad stereotype that White people are constantly asking POC and LGBT communities for advice.
Thats what should happen, right? Yes and no. Honestly asking questions is definitely a good thing its the journalistic thing, after all but its also time-consuming and, frankly, not their job.
But what if it was their job?
Youll have a calm conversation about controversial topics because this is a business transaction, no different than consulting a First Amendment attorney on a story.