Edited by Rachele Kanigel, a journalism professor at San Francisco State University, “the Diversity Style Guide is a resource to help journalists and other media professionals cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity.” Kanigel breaks down her glossaries into different protected groups: Age and Generation, Disability, Drugs and Alcohol, Geography, Immigration, LGBTQ, Race and Ethnicity, and Religion.
Feminism in India, “a digital intersectional feminist platform to learn, educate and develop a feminist consciousness among the youth,” ran this piece in 2015 as part of a campaign called #GBVInMedia (gender-based violence) in which the company and its writers analyzed how mainstream media reports gender-based violence. Khan implores journalists to be more thoughtful about their language and reporting. For example, put crimes like rape in the context of a larger trend of rising rape numbers in India; and avoid oversharing details of violence or the victim’s appearance, which may suggest the survivors of sexual violence encouraged the attack on themselves.
In response to 9/11, the Society of Professional Journalists released in 2001 this set of guidelines, which serve as a check for reporters to avoid racial and religious profiling in ALL stories, “not just those about Arab and Muslim communities or racial profiling.” Suggestions include using spellings preferred by the American Muslim Council, like "Makkah," not "Mecca,” and distinguishing different Muslim groups around the world.
This downloadable, printable kit provides tools for measuring and discussing how accurately your specific newsroom reflects the realities of the multicultural society in today’s society, in the hopes of identifying weak spots and problem areas. The company’s founder, the late Robert C. Maynard, identified the five fault lines of race, class, gender, generation and geography because “he believed they were the most enduring forces that have shaped social tensions since the founding of this nation.” Because these fault lines serve as the frames of reference for all our experiences, we can self-audit for missing pieces in the way we interpret an event or issue only by acknowledging our own fault lines. This terminology is used throughout the kit.
This article comes with examples and directions on how to write in a gender-neutral way, with suggestions like avoiding gendered job descriptions (“mail carrier” not “mailman”) and using the plural instead of male singular (not “Once a doctor is ready to operate, he must wash his hands,” but rather “When ready to operate, doctors must wash their hands.”)
With a mission to “empower instead of limit,” The Conscious Style Guide was created as a tool for those writing in the public space to become more conscious about the language and framing they choose.