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Diversity Committee Chair:
Debra Adams Simmons, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
Diversity initiative: Time Out for Diversity
Many newsrooms with growing immigrant populations already are providing strong breaking news coverage of one of the hottest topics in the news. In this national census year, it is a critical issue.
This outstanding and ongoing coverage provides an excellent opportunity for newsrooms to give readers further in-depth reporting on immigrant issues in their communities and to hold in-house discussions with immigrants and newsroom staffers.
All newspapers, especially those serving communities with large immigrant populations, are being encouraged to make issues about and of interest to immigrants an element of their census coverage.
Time-Out for Diversity traditionally has been held in May, but this year is different because of the census.
The APME Diversity Committee is asking editors to send web links and/or PDFs of their diversity coverage so it can be posted on our web site and in our magazine. We also would like for you to share some of the outstanding enterprise work you already have done in recent months.
Your involvement important. APME plans to continue to work with other journalism organizations to find ways to rejuvenate interest in diversity issues.
A reminder: Time-Out's definition of diversity is inclusive of age, gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious preference and physical ability.