The Associated Press, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education today announced plans to work together to improve diversity in newsrooms and reporting through journalism training. and leadership and more inclusive storytelling.
The Inclusive Journalism Initiative is an effort by organizations to move the news industry toward a comprehensive blueprint for smarter, broader coverage of racial and systemic inequalities.
The initiative will accelerate the work of the three groups to increase the number and caliber of training opportunities for news leaders and aspiring investigative writers from underrepresented communities.
AP will bolster its own inclusive storytelling effort, launched in 2020, within the news agency and in client newsrooms in the United States through new training.
“Inclusive newsrooms benefit from well-trained news leaders equipped with the skills to meaningfully address the inequalities that, like all aspects of our culture, have impacted journalism over the years” said AP Vice President and News Audience Manager Amanda Barrett, who along with Associate Editor Sarah Nordgren was responsible for building the initiative. “The collaboration announced today sets in motion a journalistic future that we can all be proud of.”
“The glaring and persistent lack of diversity, equity and belonging in journalism has profoundly eroded the credibility of this craft, especially in the eyes of communities of color,” said Martin G. Reynolds, co-executive director of the Maynard Institute. . “Most traditional news outlets lack the training and capacity to connect with new and emerging audiences. This initiative will help address this challenge by allowing us to bring our Fault Lines Diversity Framework training to AP member newsrooms who might not otherwise have access to it. Our goal is to help these outlets create better journalism and rethink their approach to organizational culture.
“This initiative is about a fundamental change in the way we do news in this country,” said Ida B. Wells company director Rhema Bland. “It is a recognition that the health and survival of this industry and, therefore, of our democracy depends on a broad and comprehensive culture change.”
The goals of the Inclusive Journalism Initiative include:
- Providing AP audiences with solution- and data-driven journalism that informs more inclusive reporting.
- Build deeper, smarter news and corporate coverage in the words and visuals of communities of color through enhanced focus that encompasses all areas.
- Equip journalists at all stages of their careers, within and beyond PA, with the tools and training they need to lead the news industry on these issues in the future.
- Develop new industry-wide professional standards for inclusive storytelling, including an expanded section of the AP Stylebook, the go-to reference for writers, editors, students, and professionals.
Funding for the initiative will be administered by the Maynard Institute and Journalism Funding Partners, which helps support news organizations through fiscal sponsorship. Reynolds is also a board member of the Reva & David Logan Foundation and withdrew from voting to fund the initiative.
About the PA:
The Associated Press is an independent, global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP remains today the most trusted source of fast, accurate and unbiased information in all formats and the essential provider of technology and services critical to the information industry. More than half of the world’s population sees AP journalism every day. On line:www.ap.org
About the Ida B. Wells Company:
The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting is a trade organization dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in investigative journalism. Founded in 2016 by veteran journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ron Nixon and Topher Sanders, the organization seeks to provide free and low-cost training, skills building and support to journalists of color pursuing investigative work. The Society is open to journalists of all backgrounds who support the mission and work of the organization. Since its founding, it has served more than 2,000 journalists through its programming. For more information, visitidabwellssociety.org.
About the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education:
The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education has been fighting for anti-racism and belonging in journalism since 1977. The institute was founded to promote diversity and anti-racism in the news media by improving coverage, hiring and business practices . We challenge the systemic lack of diversity in the news industry through training, collaborations and encounters. Through programs like the Maynard 200 Fellowship, the institute works to create better representation in American newsrooms.