By BENÉT J. WILSON
Last night, I had the pleasure of being on a panel about media diversity at Bloomberg’s “Power of Difference Summit,” in Washington, D.C. Topics covered included a current look at diversity in journalism, why newsroom diversity is important, the value of having a diverse newsroom, how the media covered Ferguson and the Baltimore riots, along with some solutions.
- Build a more inclusive network by partnering with journalism organizations of color and attend their conventions and events. The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will hold a joint convention in Washington, D.C., in 2016, which will be a great opportunity to get in front of the two largest journalism organizations of color;
- Once you’re in the network, say yes when you’re invited to events where you can discuss diversity issues and meet even more people who can help you and your newsroom;
- Break out of your bubble. Look outside your networks of those who attended the same university as you, the ones you worked with at that media start-up or the folks you met at one of those closed events (that are usually not very diverse) that study the future of media;
- Look at job boards set up by journalism organizations of color, JournalismNext or even our website for good candidates; and
- As your network grows, ask for referrals from your new, more diverse friends.
I wish this conversation could be over. But it’s not, and considering the direction the country is going in diversity wise, you ignore this at your own peril.