Diversity is a broad, difficult topic. There's no set definition, and the definition needs to cover multiple aspects of life. However, the lack of diversity or understanding of diversity amongst journalists can cause serious problems in newsrooms and in stories.
A Journalist's Power
It's no secret that journalists reach a mass amount of people. In fact, journalists are often referred as the mass media. The point is, whatever journalists and media companies publish, thousands of people will see it. Because of this, journalists must remember that their words have the power to inform, influence, create fear and heal.
How journalists tell a story will determine how audiences depict and react to that story. In many cases, journalists are able to write a story in an appropriate manner. However, sometimes coverage can create stereotypes and fears among certain groups of people.
This is evident in how the media describes people accused of terrorism. The media often scrutinizes these suspects' travel history, religious routine, etc. These facts often lack context and aren't necessary to the story. The scrutiny comes when suspects are different than the majority of people. Suspects who are similar to the majority don't receive nearly as much criticism.