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Fighting for diversity in newsrooms, conferences

Sep 7, 2014

A group of minority journalists are fighting to bring more diversity to American newsrooms, journalism conferences, panels and classrooms. The Journalism Diversity Project is designed to make it easy for hiring managers and event organizers to find qualified experts who are journalists of color. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss. 

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Professor Flink said for all the progressive aspects of Journalism, many organizations still operate in an "old boys network" mentality. 

In our newsrooms too often that is not how daily life lives itself out... Let's elevate the conversation that is going on [in our newsrooms]

Professor Perry added that diversity initiatives in newsrooms must also focus on expanding sources, and diversity of thought. He added expanding diversity can also create new opportunities for media institutions. 

It's important that the media do this because I think that opens up markets for them that I think they have not been taking advantage of in the past

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