Diversity in the newsroom: Tips on hiring and retaining a diverse workforce

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Yolanda Martinez of The Wall Street Journal; Tracie Powell of Democracy Fund; Mark Rochester of Type Investigations; Mizell Stewart III of USA TODAY Network
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 8 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Ballroom I
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Nearly everyone agrees that diversity improves coverage, so why are many newsrooms so far behind in hiring and keeping talented journalists of various races and backgrounds? Hear advice and discover key tactics and practices that improve the odds of building and maintaining a diverse staff. See how diverse newsrooms benefit readers, viewers and the entire community.

Speaker Bios

  • Yolanda Martinez works at The Marshall Project as a story producer and visual/data reporter. Before joining The Marshall Project, she was a digital producer at the Pew Research Center, working with the Hispanic Trends and Social & Demographics Trends research teams. Previously, she interned at the Los Angeles Times and the Investigative Reporting Workshop. 

  • Tracie Powell is a senior fellow for Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder-philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that Americans come first in our democracy. Tracie is also founder of AllDigitocracy which focuses on media and its impact on diverse communities and a 2015-16 Knight Fellow at Stanford.

  • Rochester, Editor in Chief at Type Investigations, headquartered in Manhattan, has overseen investigations resulting in federal and state legislation, congressional hearings and regulatory reviews. He previously was Senior News Director for Investigations at The Detroit Free Press. His career includes other senior management positions at the Indianapolis Star, Newsday, the Denver Post, Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He served on the national board of directors of Investigative Reporters & Editors. @mjrochester

  • Mizell Stewart III is a lifelong journalist and community servant with a passion for transforming organizations and lives for the better. Today, he is Vice President/News Operations for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network and an adjunct faculty member at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Previously, he was the Managing Director and Chief Content Officer for Journal Media Group and Vice President/Content for the newspaper division of The E.W. Scripps Company. 

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