19 pandemic affected the educational system in New York City, New York, and Newark, New Jersey. Reporters spent months with families to build trust and tell the stories of those who provided education to children during a pandemic. Univision 41 partnered with Chalkbeat to do pandemic-related projects.
From the ground up or within existing roles, how do new and growing news organizations build an engagement/audience team? What roles do you prioritize, and when? How do managers and companies continue to grow their audience/engagement folks where they are, even if there isn’t yet a career ladder for them?
Two years ago, Chalkbeat joined a growing list of newsrooms attempting to track the diversity of our sources so we could better understand whose perspectives we’re elevating in our journalism. We started with a small swipe — two recurring series — and quickly realized we had work to do.
DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) audits are one way to check how well your coverage and staff reflect the communities you serve. But how can you get started? Join Caroline Bauman and Bene Cipolla from Chalkbeat as they share why Chalkbeat decided to conduct a DEI audit, how they defined the scope of their first audit, what they’ve learned, and what’s next.