Tag: Diversity

by Jessica Partnow

Jama Abdirahman is a 22-year-old student at Seattle Central College. He loves photography and the Seahawks. His parents, who are from Somalia, hope he’ll become an engineer. It’s unlikely that Jama would become a journalist. Journalism is dying, right? Plus, people of color made up just 13.34% of US newsrooms in 2014. That’s less than […] more »

by Phuong Ly

“You have middle-aged people at your hackathon?!” That was the reaction of a couple of 20-something developers when they saw photos of a Migrahack, the immigration data hackathon organized by the Institute of Justice & Journalism. At Migrahacks, we’re proving that hackers aren’t just young white men, the typical image portrayed in Silicon Valley. Our […] more »

by J. Nathan Matias

For the past three years, I’ve been using methods to identify gender in large datasets to support research, design, and data journalism, supported by the Knight Foundation, with an amazing group of collaborators. In my Master’s thesis, used these techniques to support inclusion of women in citizen journalism, the news, and collective aciton online. Last […] more »

by Retha Hill

What a difference a year makes. The Online News Association Conference in Boston looked a lot more like America in terms of diversity than last year’s Washington, D.C., gathering. People of color were included in most sessions, including timely discussions on elections and crowdsourcing. From the opening plenary with Vivek Kundra, the former U.S. chief […] more »

by Bobby Schweizer

A common thread woven through our various projects in the Newsgames research group has been our subscription to the tenets of journalism. Our first endeavor was not related to games at all. We bought a stack of copies of Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel’s “The Elements of Journalism” book and immersed ourselves in not just […] more »

by Retha Hill

In December in this space I asked about the lack of minorities at new media conferences — both as participants and as speakers. The blog post generated a lot of comments; a Twitter discussion, and the start of a list of wonderful experts — all persons of color — who can help make your next […] more »

by Retha Hill

It’s been a couple of weeks since Tim O’Reilly’s News Foo rolled into the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, and while I truly enjoyed thinking big thoughts with big thinkers about the direction of our industry, I couldn’t help but notice how lacking in diversity the invitation-only gathering was. The […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

From pop culture and politics to the personal, Danielle Belton’s The Black Snob covers a lot of ground. During a recent week, Belton weighed in on everything from Mormons comparing themselves to Southern blacks during the civil rights movement, to the Michelle Obama Action figures. She didn’t think much of either. Writing with a distinct […] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been interviewing candidates for an associate editor’s position at the Daily News. Several things about that process convinced me that the tide has turned, both for our organization and for online news: I’ve been explicit with our candidates about the risks involved. We’re a start-up, and it’s possible that […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

When the filmmaker Jehane Noujaim won the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED), her wish was to create one day where people across the world gathered at the same time to watch films produced by international filmmakers. Best known for her film Control Room), Noujaim believed the power of the films could help the audience see beyond […] more »