As journalism becomes increasingly digital, our choices keep expanding, and creative thinking is more important than ever. When we make big decisions in the newsroom, I want the brain trust participating in those conversations to be as rich as possible — which means as diverse as possible. Next year, we’ll accomplish digital fluency by engaging with our community and reflecting its diversity within the newsroom.
Understanding our community
No one wants to contribute to a project they don’t see themselves in, and a publication that doesn’t reflect the community it serves cannot succeed. We have to recruit more people of color and other minorities — and we have to improve our retention by making sure the DTH is a positive and welcoming place to work.
Along with hiring and promoting with diversity in mind, we have to be conscious about improving minority representation in our story ideas, sourcing and everywhere else. Doing anything less is unfair to the newsroom and to our readers.
I see reaching outside the newsroom as a two-way street. I’ll require editors to have regular meetings with key sources, because talking one-on-one is educational for everyone involved. We’ll also organize events to spark conversations and make it clear to our readers that we want feedback.