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THISAM Workhshop | Reporting responsibly on diverse communities

A workshop on reporting responsibly on diverse communities by Dr. Sally Ann Cruikchank, Assistant professor in the school of journalism and strategic media, Middle Tennessee State University. 

Key points by Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi 

Your newsroom should reflect your community, since that is the best way of knowing that you’re covering diverse communities. It’s important to commit to being more diverse and let your community know. Also, recognize perceived biases and start with your sources.

A huge difference can be done by simply changing who you talk to for your stories. Consider a source audit or a content analysis. Create a source database that considers diversity. It’s important to check your entitlement and find what’s trending on all corners of social media. It’s important to report and not just react and remember that diverse doesn’t mean different.

Language matters, since the words journalists use often reduce humans to the crimes they commit. There is still a long way to diverse newsrooms and there’s mistrust between communities. Be the voice of change in the newsroom and build relationships in order to dissolve the mistrust. It’s important to know that it’s not an easy process and it isn’t one that changes overnight.

The 5th Thessaloniki International Summer Academy on Media is organized by School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUTh), Jean Monet of European Union Public Diplomacy along with other partners  under the title: “New trends in Media and Journalism: Turning crisis into opportunity”.

 Special emphasis is given on the topics:
1. Disinformation, Science Journalism / News Literacy
2. Crisis Communication
3. New business models in Media Organisations