Poynter’s Irby urges new thoughts on newsroom diversity

At a time when news organizations are focused on matters of sheer economic survival, Poynter’s senior faculty member for visual journalism and diversity, Kenny Irby, says it’s no surprise that newsrooms are experiencing diversity fatigue.  However, Irby says journalists need to change their thinking about the issue. “Ideas about diversity have been so associated with people …

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NBC stations have new hiring initiatives

According to TV NewsCheck, NBC’s O&Os have just started two new programs aimed at recruiting new, diverse journalists. The News Associates program focuses on finding recent graduates, and the Reporter Training program is designed to target journalists who may be working in print or online media. Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Television Stations …

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How journalists should talk to diverse sources

Reporters do it every day.  They talk to people “across differences” as Poynter’s Kenny Irby likes to say. But reporters don’t always do a good job of exploring those differences for the audience to tell richer stories. “If you can get to appreciate ‘otherness,’” says Irby, “embracing conditions of difference can help us move to …

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Diversity in the newsroom pays off

What happens when a newsroom values diversity?  Reporter Jessica Chapin of KGUN-TV in Tucson, Ariz., says it leads to better storytelling and better decision making. “Tucson is an hour from the border, so diversity in the newsroom and Spanish as a second language is definitely a plus,” Chapin says.  “I’m constantly doing interviews in broken Spanish …

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Setback for minorities and women in broadcast newsrooms

While the country continues to get more diverse every year,  America’s TV and radio newsrooms are becoming more homogenous. The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found that, overall, the percentage of minorities in both radio and television fell for the third straight year, although the drop in television was small. “Again, the percentage of minorities in …

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Great examples of why diversity is good news

Every year RTDNA and UNITY give out awards to honor “outstanding television, radio and online journalism focused on diversity.” “This year, the winning entries go beyond the basics of diversity coverage and truly embrace the concept of community,” said RTDNA chairman Mark Kraham. “These organizations set a high and apt standard of how diversity coverage should …

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Women, minorities make big impact on TV news

A lot has happened in television news over the past twenty years, not all of it for the good.  But at least one development can be applauded – the network newscasts are featuring more women and minorities as anchors and reporters than ever before. According to the Miller-McCune website, a new study published in Electronic …

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More TV jobs for women, fewer for minorities

Women make up more than 40 percent of the workforce in local television news and almost 30 percent of TV news directors. Both are all-time highs, according to the latest RTNDA/Hofstra survey released today. But the number of minorities in broadcast news fell in 2008. People of color made up 21.8 percent of local TV …

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Award-winning stories on diversity

In all the discussion of journalism’s economic troubles and the need to embrace technological change, it can be easy to forget some of the basic tenets of good journalism. Reflecting the community in your coverage is still critical, and the 2009 National RTNDA/UNITY Awards honor a group of broadcasters who have done that extremely well. …

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Speaking Spanish gives a leg up

Josh Hinkle, a reporter at KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, says his ability to speak Spanish got him a plum assignment to cover a local story with national implications. Last May, federal, state and local agents swarmed Agriprocessors Inc. in Postville, Iowa, and arrested almost 400 immigrants for being in the U.S. illegally. The next …

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