Diversity in Newsrooms

(L-R) upper: Hugo Balta, Celeste Headlee (L-R) lower: Dawn Ennis, Nader Issa

(L-R) upper: Hugo Balta, Celeste Headlee (L-R) lower: Dawn Ennis, Nader Issa

Like many other institutions in 2020, America’s newsrooms are facing a reckoning for a lack of diversity in newsrooms. The news you read, watch or listen to – whether it’s here on public radio or your local newspaper or tv newscast – are likely affected.

The 21st is joined by four journalists from across the nation to further discuss diversity in newsrooms — or lack thereof — and what that means for news consumers. 


Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, owner of Latino News Network and News Director at WTTW-Chicago.

Celeste Headlee, journalist and author of Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving

Dawn Ennis, managing editor of OutSports.com, freelance writer, University of Hartford professor and member of Trans Journalists Association

Nader D. Issa, education reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and president of the Asian American Journalist Association Chicago chapter

Links mentioned in the discussion:

Palabra - shared stories by Hispanic/Latino journalists of stories about the community.

NAHJ National Board Asks Newsrooms to Drop the Use of “minority” - click here to read the press release 

Trans Journalists Association Style Guide - click here for the guide

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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