This Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks more than 50 years since the assassination of the civil rights leader and since, just months before his death, the Kerner Commission report noting the lack of diversity in newsrooms and ensuing lack of coverage of diverse communities, saying “The painful process of readjustment that is required of the American news media must begin now.”
For RTDNA, that process has included annual assessments of diversity in local broadcast newsrooms, where a shrinking but persistent gap remains for representation of people of color.
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.”
RTDNA is dedicated to increasing diversity in newsrooms and offering strategies and resources to improve coverage of diverse communities.
We also annually honor news organizations who routinely provide outstanding coverage of diverse communities through the Kaleidoscope Award, accepting entries now.
While we’re supporting diversity and inclusion in newsrooms, you’re doing the work of covering your communities, and we want to highlight your work.
Not sure which stories to enter? Watch some previous winners here.
Submit your entries by May 3.
Winners will be announced in July and recognized at the 2019 Excellence in Journalism Conference, Sept. 5-7, 2019, in San Antonio.
RTDNA members also enjoy a member discount on entry fees, so it pays to be a member.
Have questions about the Kaleidoscope awards? Reach out to Kate McGarrity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-662-7254.