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Diversity, equity and inclusion

23 September 2021

Diversity, equity and inclusion

The average level of trust in the news in 2020 was 38%. Recent social and political issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, #MeToo, and #Black LivesMatter are accelerating the need for change in newsrooms. The drive for more diversity, equity and inclusion is one of the greatest opportunities we have to rewrite journalism’s future. Newsrooms that are representative will do better journalism, engage communities more deeply (perhaps for the first time) and be more innovative and sustainable - no matter what their revenue model is.

The moral argument for embracing diversity, equity and inclusion is also a business one. When diverse audiences’s needs are reflected in journalism, audiences are more engaged. In the media industry, we need to ask ourselves important questions. How focused have we been on diversity? Have minority communities in our countries been represented in our newsrooms? How have we been covering news related to these communities? How can we create more equal, diversified and inclusive newsrooms? All of these topics will be covered in the next Summit on "Diversity, equity and inclusion in the media industry: How can journalism better cover our changing societies?" on 23 September.