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In a 2015 article for The Public Editor's Journal in The New York Times, writer Margaret Sullivan writes about a Nieman Reports study that says, "diverse editorial leadership results in good things for coverage and readers alike. So does a focus on racial issues." Sullivan believes, in a popular opinion, that diversity begins to take real shape from the top of the ladder. Once leadership gets involved, the newsroom is on the road to the creation of diverse and rounded content.
In the 2016 CJR article, ASNE Executive Editor Teri Hayt said, "diversity for me means your ability to capture and engage all of the communities that you are covering."
It is essential for newsrooms to not only know their audiences, but reflect and relate to the people they represent on a regular basis. It will not suffice for a community of people of any number of races, genders, ages, etc. to gather only the news that a team of white men deems necessary on a daily basis.
As diversity becomes more and more of an oppressed topic today, it is more important than ever to bring fresh ideas to the table. With diversity, we can create bigger and brighter things for the future.