By Amber Liu
Trying to excel at covering diverse communities might include new techniques or resources, such as collaboratively developing a diverse source list and rethinking how to best use interpreters.
Sherry Yu of Temple University, Michael Matza of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Sabrina Vourvoulias of AL DÍA News suggested these techniques and more at an IRE session about reporting on diverse communities.
Yu explained the importance of cultural literacy and said language fluency affects how much reporters can cover other communities. She suggested journalists make use of professional networks across ethnic boundaries, such as Latino Print Network, New America Media and ASNE.
Yu also said journalism schools should play an important role in reporting on diverse communities by:
Matza said reporting could also benefit from language barriers. “Language barriers force me to ask simple, single-clause questions, and re-ask them even more simply,” he said.
He shared tips on the best ways to work with interpreters and better understand unfamiliar countries:
Ke (Amber) Liu is pursuing her master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University with interests in both investigative and broadcast tracks. She also worked as a graduate researcher at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit newsroom at American University, and as an investigative intern at The Washington Post.