Does your newsroom reflect your community?

February 15, 2018 09:00

The entry deadline for the 2018 RTDNA Kaleidoscope Awards has been extended to Wednesday, March 14.

RTDNA’s latest survey of women and minorities in TV and radio newsrooms found that the minority workforce in TV news is just 24.4%, actually close to a high, and only 11.7% in radio newsrooms. People of color are even less well represented in leadership positions.  

As researcher Bob Papper has said,


“What your newsroom looks like makes an enormous difference on what you cover, what you don’t cover and on how you cover it,”

continuing, “Everything about what you do will suffer to the extent that you don’t have a diverse newsroom.”

RTDNA is committed to increasing diversity in newsrooms, encouraging coverage of diverse communities and demonstrating the value of bringing diverse voices to the table by recognizing stations who are doing so.

The Kaleidoscope Awards honor news organizations demonstrating a commitment to covering the diversity of the communities they serve and showcase journalistic excellence in covering issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Stories told between January 1 and December 31, 2017, on radio, television and digital media are eligible for entry in the 2018 contest. For complete contest rules, see the Call for Entries

The extended deadline to submit entries for consideration is March 14, 2018. RTDNA members enjoy a member discount on entry fees, so it pays to be a member.
Winners will be announced in June and recognized at the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Conference, Sept. 27-29, 2018, in Baltimore.