Diversity & Inclusion Track: How to retain journalists from underrepresented groups, including those of color

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Manny Garcia of USA TODAY Network; Felicia Harris of University of Houston-Downtown; Jyoti Thottam of The New York Times; Matt Thompson of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Liz Roldan of WFOR/CBS Miami
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Texas C
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While there’s been much talk about diversifying newsrooms for what seems like decades, recent reports indicate that newsroom employees are less diverse than U.S. workers overall. Meanwhile, voices from underrepresented groups are leading the way in content creation and garnering national audiences in spite of the overwhelming sameness plaguing U.S. newsrooms. Although the next generation of newsroom employees are on track to be more diverse, the startling lack of present-day diversity requires us to move beyond the idea of recruitment and address a more pressing question: once they’re on our teams, how do we support and retain journalists from underrepresented groups?

In this session, you’ll hear from award-winning journalists and hiring editors on how they navigate these conversations, from their own personal experiences to how they are shaping their newsroom cultures to retain the much-needed voices that are missing.

Speaker Bios

  • Manny Garcia is the Standards Editor at the USA TODAY NETWORK. He previously worked at the Naples Daily News, el Nuevo Herald & The Miami Herald. Manny received the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. Projects by Manny and his teams have won the Pulitzer, Goldsmith, IRE and a national Edward R. Murrow. His work has led to convictions of public officials, changed Florida law and freed a man wrongfully convicted of murder. He's a past IRE president.

  • Felicia Harris is a trained health reporter carving a space in the academy. While pursuing a degree in health and medical journalism, she developed an interest for digital storytelling and the use of social media in creating and sharing health information, which led to her doctoral coursework in media studies and health promotion and behavior. Currently, her research explores intersections of race, gender, health, culture and communities online. Twitter: @felicialynne

  • As News Director of WFOR/CBSMiami, Liz Roldan leads both tv and digital operations.  She is winner of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting in the Public Interest and a twelve-time Emmy Award winner, working 28 years in the Miami television market.  A Cuban-American from Houston, she holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Broadcast News from The University of Texas at Austin. @lizroldancbs4

  • Jyoti Thottam is the business and economics editor for The New York Times' Op-Ed pages and Sunday Review. Jyoti was previously an editor at Al Jazeera America and spent more than a decade at Time as a reporter and editor, including four years as the magazine’s South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi. She is working on a book for Viking, "Children of Nazareth," set in India after Partition. A graduate of Yale and Columbia, she lives in Brooklyn with her family. @jyotithottam

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