TV’s Growth Is A Boon For ‘Diverse Voices’ Among Novelists

The unprecedented number of TV outlets in need of shows and growing pressure for inclusive fare is a one-two punch that’s creating opportunities for overlooked writers and ignored perspectives.

Hearst TV Adds Director Of Diversity & Inclusion

In this newly created position, Yasmine Osborn is tasked with further developing D&I programs across its stations in 26 markets.

How Shifting Senior Ranks Are Ushering In Rise In Diversity At Major News Outlets

Newsrooms have been dominating the news lately. Just last week alone, both ABC News and CBS News named new leaders and Reuters News Service tapped a new editor-in-chief. Earlier this year, MSNBC installed a new president to succeed veteran Phil Griffin, who had worked at the network since its launch in 1996. The recent changes in the senior ranks of these various news outlets reflect a much more diverse field of executives — a welcome change to what has largely been a white male-governed business for decades.

HFPA In Crisis As Famed Fixer, D&I Adviser Quit

This J-School Is Old. Its First Diversity & Inclusion Chair Is New

COMMENTARY BY DENNIS BAXTER

Meeting The Challenge Of Industry Diversity

Attitude, accountability, education and lack of role models explain many of the reasons for entry-level difficulty and long-term broadcast careers.

10 Steps To More Inclusive Reporting

TVN’S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Collins | Diversity’s Very Slow (But Steady) March

Diversity and inclusion within the media industry were moving ahead at a respectable clip. Then the pandemic happened. How should organizations get back on track with their hard-fought efforts?

ABC O&Os Launch Race & Culture Content Team

ABC’s Owned TV Stations division has launched a new race and culture content team that will oversee an expansion in the group’s coverage of underrepresented communities. The new initiative launched with the docuseries Our America: Living While Black, and has since staffed up to expand its output with several more specials in the works.

Jay Leno Apologizes For Past Asian Jokes

Jay Leno has apologized for anti-Asian jokes he made on The Tonight Show stemming back two decades. In a joint press statement released Wednesday with the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, Leno admitted that he knew in his heart the jokes were wrong.

Scripps Howard Foundation Awards $600,000 To Support Diversity In Journalism

As part of its commitment to advance equity, diversity and inclusion within the journalism industry, the Scripps Howard Foundation has selected the University of North Texas and Elon University as the recipients of grants from its new program for emerging journalists. The foundation, the philanthropic organization of The E.W. Scripps Co., has awarded a total of […]

Standard General Seeks Proxies For Tegna Board

After Tegna rejected its proposed board members, minority owner Standard General, one of the company’s largest shareholders, is soliciting proxies for the Tegna annual shareholders meeting so it can seat those candidates anyway. That is according to an SEC filing Wednesday, March 17, in which Standard General said it is seeking to place three board members to help diversify the board, and cited the withdrawal of their fourth candidate, former FCC official and top ad association executive Adonis Hoffman, as a reason for needing to add that diversity.

Golden Globes Vows Reform Amid Diversity Scrutiny

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said in a statement Saturday that it would focus on adding Black and other underrepresented members to its organization in addition to increasing transparency around its operations.

Black ‘Superman & Lois’ Writer Opens Up About Being Fired After Pushing Back On Racist, Sexist Storylines

Television Academy Hires Diversity Consultant

At Golf Channel, Women Say, Sexism Fuels A ‘Boys Club’ Culture

Harassing emails. Demeaning comments. A struggle to climb the corporate ladder. In interviews with The Washington Post, 17 former and two current employees of Golf Channel describe sexism and misogyny they endured at the network.

Time’s Up Criticizes HFPA Response to Absence Of Black Members, Calls On NBCUniversal To Reform Golden Globes

Netflix Touts Its Record On Inclusivity

The streamer commissioned the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to analyze its 2018 and 2019 original, live-action films and series, and presented the results to members of the press Thursday in a video presentation. The results were, as Annenberg Inclusion Initiative founder and director Stacy L. Smith noted, far more positive than most Annenberg reports, which have typically found only slow, sporadic improvement in the most popular films.

NY Times Says It Needs Culture Change, Better Inclusion

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says it needs a culture change to become a better place to work, particularly for people of color. The newspaper told its employees in a report Wednesday that it will take steps to be more inclusive and welcoming, saying its study of the workplace culture represents a […]

Improving Negotiation Skills To Fight Inequality In Newsrooms

Golden Globes Admits It Has No Black Voters Amid Shocking Snubs

DGA: Black And Female TV Directors See Gains But Not Latinx And Asian American Women,

How To Get More Diverse Sources Into Your Reporting

TVN’S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Mary Collins | What They See Is What They’ll Be

The media and entertainment industry has disproportionate influence over society’s attitudes, feelings and behaviors. When we take time to embrace and mentor people of color in our business, as the late Jeana Stanley of Hearst did, good things happen — we foster advancement while combatting stereotypes. Here’s to the time in our country when everyone can clearly see what they can be.

NBCU Vows Auditions For Actors With Disabilities

NBCUniversal said Friday that actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for all new productions by the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, NBC network and Peacock streaming service. Above, actress Eileen Grubba in a scene from New Amsterdam.

CBS Opens Probe Into Racist, Sexist Behavior By Local TV Executives

Four days after CBS put two of its local television executives on administrative leave for alleged racist and sexist conduct, the ViacomCBS-owned company has instigated an external investigation into the potentially damning matter. “We are committed to creating a company culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive for all of members of our CBS and ViacomCBS community,” said Entertainment Group boss George Cheeks in an email to CBS Stations staff on Friday.

NAB Creates Advisory Committee On Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The National Association of Broadcasters has created an advisory committee to the NAB Board of Directors that will provide insights and suggestions on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues. The committee will consist of senior-level broadcasters who are women and people of color, and may include current NAB and NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF) board members […]

Media Companies Make LBGTQ Best Workplace List

Branded Content Project Announces Applications Open for BIPOC Publishers Bootcamp

The Branded Content Project, an initiative by Local Media Association, the Local Media Consortium and Facebook Journalism Project, today announced a call for entries from Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) publishers for its Branded Content Sales Bootcamp. The program will provide state-of-the-art sales training and consulting to help publishers develop successful and sustainable branded content offerings and related […]

Diversity: From Front Door To Front Office

Kamala Harris’ inauguration is an inspiring sign of progress — but it’s also a reminder of how challenging it is to increase racial diversity in the highest ranks of leadership. Sadly, the television station business stands as a sobering example.

GLADD: LGBTQ TV Reprensentation Falls For First Time In 5 Years

It’s Important For Newsrooms To Track Sourcing To Maintain Accountability

Kansas City Star Apologizes For Its Coverage Of Black People

Fox Launches ‘Fastrack’ Diversity Program Aimed At Developing Unscripted Producers

‘Big Sky’ Stumbles In Addressing Criticism

After ABC’s Big Sky drew Native American censure for overlooking an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls, its producers set about making changes. But the first, hurried steps were called “bumpy” and insulting by Native leaders.

TV’s Gay Christmas Movies Are As Benign, Charming And Cliche As We Always Hoped They’d Be

‘Egregious’ TV Errors Fuel Native And Indigenous Groups’ Calls For Better Representation

Congress Votes To Raise Media Ownership Diversity

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that reaffirms Congress’ commitment to media diversity and strategy of working with media organizations to better represent the American people. The bill, H. Res 549, was introduced in 2019 by Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.). It’s official wording is: “[A] resolution reaffirming the commitment of the House of Representatives to media diversity … and pledges to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity.”

Nielsen: Women, BIPOC Underrepresented

A study by Nielsen found that women and people of color are underrepresented on television relative to their share of the overall population. The study by the ratings service looked at not just how many people from various identity groups are cast on TV series, but how often and how long they appear.

‘Big Sky’ Recognizes Native American Criticism

Native American tribes and coalitions are condemning Big Sky, a Montana-set ABC drama produced by David E. Kelley, for ignoring the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead making Whites the crime victims.