We are living in an increasingly diverse world, as I'm sure many of you have been told numerous times. Times are changing, and along with it, so is the cultural nature of our country. Politics are slow to adapt to these changes and many social communities are slow to accept these changes as well. That leaves the responsibility of fairly and accurately covering diversity a major responsibility of the news media.
Covering Gender Sensitive Topics
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Representing Ethnic Diversity
The U.S. is becoming rapidly more diverse at faster rates than ever before seen. It is believed that by 2017, more than 50 percent of U.S. children under 18 will be a minority, yet minorities are still unfairly represented in society and by the media. Often times the only time minority groups get any sort of news coverage is when they're associated with violent crimes or negative acts. So what will it take for us, as a culture and a profession, to change these negative stigmas?
For starters it is important for a journalist to represent all viewpoints when collecting information for a story. RTDNA (the Radio Television Digital News Association) makes it a point to diversify their news coverage. They even have awards to honor journalists who excel in expanding their news coverage. They emphasize the need to take a few minutes to step back and make sure all angles are covered. Despite deadlines it is important to take an extra few minutes and interview all people involved in a story, not just the people who are easily accessible.