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Story Recipe: Using Census migration data to find out where young adults are moving
By Brent Jones and Eric SchmidPosted on
Our reporting found that people who grow up in St. Louis tend to stay in St. Louis: About 3 out of 4 young adults who were here at age 16 were also here at age 26. Here’s how you can use federal data to see where people are moving to and from in your area.
Sincerely, Leaders of Color: It takes hard work from all sides to build coalition across identities and communitiesPosted on
Building coalitions is tough, awkward work that leads to happier employees and better journalism products for our communities.
Newsrooms, your edit test is where being inclusive starts
By Kathy LuPosted on
Newsrooms expect a lot from job applicants without giving much thought to what else could be going on in their lives. A freelancer applying for your job is not working on a paying gig. An edit test over a weekend means someone working full time is not getting space for rest. And the reward for all this work is: You might be a finalist—or you might never hear back. If you’re a newsroom working toward creating an inclusive culture, one that values its employees and their time, here are seven ideas to reimagine your application process.
Taking care with source security when reporting on abortion
Journalists covering reproductive rights are tackling a challenging—but critical—beat with fast-evolving digital security risks. Learning how to minimize these risks for both sources and oneself requires identifying digital security considerations, and knowing when to communicate them and how to keep reporting materials safe.
Survey time: Tell us about your work
By Erika OwensPosted on
The News Nerd Survey is back and needs your input.
Sincerely, Leaders of Color: The Key to Inclusive, Effective Teams Is Psychological Safety
By Alan HenryPosted on
To build teams where everyone feels represented and respected, create an environment where we all can bring our whole selves.
Sincerely, Leaders of Color: How to give your interns a leg up in their next job searchPosted on
Not every internship is going to end with a job offer. Here’s how you can give your interns a boost as they enter the job market.
Story Recipe: Exploring Census microdata about your countyPosted on
We recently received a request from a resident in Lincoln County, asking for assistance in locating data related to digital inclusion, in order to help enroll residents who qualify for the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit. Information that can answer this question is collected by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey—the summary tables provide details on household computer availability and internet subscriptions, poverty status at various levels of the federal poverty line, and SNAP receipt. What the tables don’t provide is the intersection of these characteristics. To answer this, we need the microdata or individual record data. Here’s how we went about answering this question.
Q&As and takeaways: Reporting on corporate landlords
By Tyler DukesPosted on
Highlights from a recent community call conversation.
Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Smart leaders put empathy and equity at the forefront of workPosted on
New frameworks for leaders must help them develop a more equitable mindset that shares power and accountability.
Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Leadership and management are not the same thing
By P. Kim BuiPosted on
Newsrooms must create ways for people to learn to lead without pushing people into management.
What we learned from a year of Exit Interviews
By Ryan PittsPosted on
OpenNews events and programs have always welcomed honest talk about careers, identity, and our sense of belonging in an industry that often isn’t kind to workers. This series was another way to convene a community-wide conversation about our newsrooms and what it would take to make them better.
Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Leaders, you need to make room or move outPosted on
Going beyond a seat at the table for journalists of color.
A starter pack of accessibility resourcesPosted on
If you’re new to accessible design, it may feel daunting to think of the work that lies ahead of you, but everyone in this field had to start somewhere. Once I realised accessibility was a baseline and not a ceiling, making my work more inclusive became an integral part of my workflow rather than an extra task between me and the publish button.
Why web accessibility matters to mePosted on
When I first found out that there were things I needed to fix to make my work in journalism more accessible, I went about it the same way I learned to code: going with the solution that appears most commonly among search results. I’ve spent the past year trying to course-correct by making an active effort to learn more.
One easy way to make conference ticket prices more equitable, and bring in more money
By Erika OwensPosted on
Consider giving people multiple options instead of just one ticket price.
Stop making people prove they need a free ticket to events
By Erika OwensPosted on
You can make free tickets easier for everyone with one simple change.
How we improved the engineering internship recruitment process at The Washington Post
By Holden Foreman and Emily LiuPosted on
Internships can be a great opportunity for students to gain professional experience and for employees to mentor the next generation of engineers, but news organizations that aren’t careful and intentional when recruiting can risk inadvertently over-indexing on candidates with the most access to time, money, and social connections. Since our team loves finding ways to make our processes better, we decided to examine our internship hiring process and see where we could make improvements.
Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Everyone can help close the wage gap for journalists of colorPosted on
You don’t have to tell EVERYONE how much money you currently or have made in order to participate in salary transparency.
Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Onboarding isn’t just for early career staff
By Jahna BerryPosted on
Here’s how you can help new BIPOC managers and experienced hires succeed.