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Oct. 15, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
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LINK: jocresources.com  ➚   |   Posted by: Laura Hazard Owen   |   October 15, 2019

“We pass on information person-to-person in a fashion that sometimes can feel like an elaborate game of telephone,” Lam Thuy Vo, Disha Raychaudhuri, and Moiz Syed write in the introduction to their Journalists of Color Resource Guide, which was released this week by the News Integrity Initiative at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. They built the guide based on discussion, research, and more than 260 survey responses.

The 2019 ASNE Newsroom Diversity Survey, released last month, found that journalists of color made up 21.9 percent of the salaried workforce in U.S. newsrooms…that bothered to respond to the survey (428 responded out of 1,883 that were asked). Because of the low response rate, ASNE cautions that “these figures cannot be generalized to interpret the landscape of the U.S. journalism industry as a whole because the survey relies on information collected from a convenience sample of organizations that volunteer to participate”; it’s safe to assume, however, that the total percentage of journalists of color working in U.S. newsrooms is lower because news outlets with particularly abysmal stats may just not respond.

“We repeatedly observed the same needs in our various circles of journalists of color,” Vo (a senior reporter at BuzzFeed News), Raychaudhuri (data and investigations reporter at NJ Advance Media), and Syed (news apps developer at ProPublica) write. One of the goals of this guide is to offer something that’s more efficient and widely available than the “kind of invisible labor done in the background that a lot of underrepresented groups in newsrooms do to improve both their newsrooms and the careers of their peers.”

The guide, which consists of lots of links to outside sources, includes sections on career growth, salary and benefits, accountability, and training. The section on salary, for instance, points to a spreadsheet on salary data from the Journalists of Color Slack and information on negotiating salary and benefits.

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