Improving diversity and inclusion this Pride month

Pride month is a chance to reflect on the successes and progress made in the LGBTQ+ community and take a look at the challenges still faced by across the world. To celebrate the occasion, we have curated a list of 8 resources that tackle various facets of how media responds to this month’s worldwide pride theme.

  1. Following the launch of the “News is Out” collaborative of legacy media publishers in early 2022, the team behind the collaborative released a list of 5 key learnings so far taken from listening to their audience when launching an LGBTQ+ collaborative. Find their key learnings here.
  2. This 2019 podcast from Journalism.co.uk saw the team speak with Tufayel Ahmed, News Editor at Pink News. The podcast features still relevant and interesting discussions on topics including how to bring greater diversity into the newsroom, the impacts of neglecting this and how to avoid the same historical mistakes. Listen here.
  3. Digital Growth Summit Speaker Louise Story provided some great practical tips on how adopting a “Diversity Triangle” can help move news organisations forward, including within product. You can find her full insights in INMA Product Initiative Blog.
  4. Transgender journalists still face many fights in society. Nieman Lab spoke with 2 transgender journalists in the US in 2019 to explore how they are challenging and changing journalism for the better. Take a look at the piece and their efforts.
  5. Newsrooms have been working hard to install a culture of inclusion and diversity to make all staff feel welcome. Mediahuis CEO Gert Ysebaert spoke about moves the publishing giant have made in their newsrooms across several countries. The podcast is only in Dutch but if that’s no barrier then it’s a great listen!
  6. The NLGJA have provided a must have stylebook for all news organisations and journalists to use both externally and internally. The guide provides a constantly updating list of terminology to ensure inclusivity in the workplace and tips on how to report on the LGBTQ+ community. You can find the guide here.
  7. John Sotomayor launched the first edition of his LGBTQ magazine “Embrace Magazine” in Florida, USA in March 2020. In the 2 years since it’s launched, he has learnt many things. John spoke with Poynter about his story here.
  8. Diversity and inclusion in the newsroom provide different insights and ideas for content and changes. Viet Tran of Sticky Rice discussed how having queer folks in power at non-queer media organisations can shift coverage and culture with Poynter. You can read the full interview and report here.

At Twipe, we are committed to a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality. This is regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Our culture of inclusion helps us to thrive as a team. You can join us here.

Matthew Lynes
Media Innovation Analyst @ Twipe

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