Diversity or fail

“The most incisive journalism will be from newsrooms that have a diverse staff — and top leadership that reflects that diversity.”

This year, news organizations will learn that if they don’t prioritize diversity and inclusivity, their best people will leave for organizations that do. The most incisive journalism will be from newsrooms that have a diverse staff — and top leadership that reflects that diversity.

kaeti-hinckAs Alicia Stewart discussed in her Nieman Reports story, ASNE’s 2014 newsroom census found that only 15 percent of daily newspapers surveyed in 2013 had a person of color in one of their top three newsroom leadership positions. We can and must do better.

The hegemony in newsroom management may not be dismantled this year or the next. But the companies that put in the effort now to hire diverse candidates — and actually make their organizations safe and supportive for people of color and other underrepresented groups — are going to be light years ahead of newsrooms that pay lip service and hope for the best.

Don’t let your organization get left behind.

Kaeti Hinck is design director for the Institute for Nonprofit News.

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