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3 Black queer journalists share their advice for breaking into the journalism industry and what publications should do better to recruit minority employees

3 Black queer journalists share their advice for breaking into the journalism industry and what publications should do better to recruit minority employees

(L-R) Tre'vell Anderson, Cerise Castle, Femi Redwood.
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Regardless of any sudden DEI efforts made in 2020, journalist Daric L. Cottingham says the media industry has a long way to go to promote diversity.




Cottingham interviewed three Black LGBTQ journalists on lessons they've learned breaking into the media industry.




The group also shared their thoughts on how publications can better recruit and retain Black queer journalists.




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As the spike of police brutality targeted at Black people became a constant headline in 2020, the world began to listen to concerns of structural racism and bias, especially in professional settings.
3 Black queer journalists share their advice for breaking into the journalism industry and what publications should do better to recruit minority employees

Daric L. Cottingham.
Courtesy of Daric Cottingham

Many industries started to examine their racist pasts. Journalism in particular began to reckon with the lack of diversity in newsrooms, and the racist rhetoric it used in coverage of diverse communities.

These "reckonings" felt like an empty PR attempt, since the same behaviors are still present at many publications in 2021

Despite these "attempts," we're left with a lingering question of how can journalism actively change to be as diverse as the communities it reports on. One way is to hire diverse candidates with intersecting identities, such as Black queer journalists who navigate the industry with the added stress of implicit bias rooted in racism and queerphobia.
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