Journalism Alliance Aims for Racial Equity in Newsrooms
Racial inequities persist in America's newsrooms
Amid an ongoing conversation in associations and other organizations about how to move from words to action in combating systemic racism, the Online News Association (ONA) has partnered with OpenNews and the Maynard Institute in a collective effort to fight for social change in journalism. Vision25: Building Racial Equity in Newsrooms aims to build journalistic institutions where newsrooms are actively anti-racist and collaborative, and journalists of color have a sense of belonging.
The Kerner Commission, formed by President Lyndon Johnson to identify the causes of the 1967 riots, delivered a stinging assessment of the journalism industry for its lack of diversity. More than 50 years later, racial injustice and unrest still permeate the country, and media organizations are still insufficiently inclusive, said ONA Executive Director Irving Washington, FASAE, CAE, in a statement announcing the Vision25 initiative.
“We have still failed to diversify our organizations and leadership to adequately represent the breadth of the communities we serve,” he added.
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