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DBEI22 Expected Sessions

DBEI Symposium Sessions

Here's a look at some of the sessions we're planning for the DBEI Symposium. The umbrella of diversity and inclusion is expanding. We are looking forward to growing as an organization and helping to guide the industry to better practices inside and outside newsrooms. Please note that these sessions are preliminary and subject to change. If you think we’re missing something, please let us know at

Newsroom culture and leadership

  • Inclusive leadership
  • How to be transparent about releasing journalism that may retraumatize
  • What does a meaningful social media policy look like?
  • Setting performance goals around DBEI
  • Get access(ible): How editors can support journalists with disabilities
  • Recruiting, hiring and retention
  • Making DEI committees meaningful
  • Reimagining leadership
  • You can build a new culture in a legacy newsroom
  • Building (online) harassment-resistant newsrooms

Aspiring allyship

  • Addressing ageism
  • Influence when you're not a decision maker
  • Pushing back on discrimination in the newsroom
  • Anti-racism resources
  • Workplace integrity
  • Supporting your LGBTQ colleagues


  • How to create and maintain a source diversity tracker
  • You've got the sources, now how to best approach and retain them

Other sessions covering topics on

  • Investigating inequity in the classroom
  • Access to housing: Are we covering it well?
  • Covering 300+ anti-LGBTQ bills leading up to mid-terms
  • Helpful guides to avoid problematic language
  • The pandemic isn't over — what have we learned?
  • Quicker hit accountability stories on inequality
  • Covering hate crimes
  • Covering Indigenous communities
  • You need a disability beat: The stories and audiences we miss
  • Who is missing in official data?
  • Who’s it for? A way of bringing investigative stories to the very communities we cover
  • Environmental justice journalism
  • Learn about the IRE/ program
  • Craft a winning public records request
  • Investigating inequities in education
  • How to prepare your students for the news industry

Data training
All data classes will be on-demand, short, recorded videos. More than 80 videos will offer training in:

  • Spreadsheets
  • SQL
  • Python
  • R
  • Data visualization
  • Web scraping
  • Data wrangling

Each lab will include instructions to set up your computer at home, data files to follow along, and other resources. No previous data experience is required to start with the beginner sessions.


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