Stories by Melba Newsome

Melba Newsome  
 
2020–2021 RJI Fellow


  • A guide: 10 steps to more inclusive reporting

    RJI Fellows Class of 2020–2021
    A guide: 10 steps to more inclusive reporting
    March 29, 2021

    Despite decades of making a case for more inclusion and representation in journalism, most newsrooms are still not an accurate mirror of the society they seek to capture and inform.
  • Getting a source to ‘yes’

    RJI Fellows Class of 2020–2021
    Getting a source to ‘yes’
    February 22, 2021

    The first stage of Melba Newsome's project was getting newsrooms on board with making their reporting more reflective of their communities. Next, they had to answer that age-old question: “how to curate more diverse sources?”
  • Measuring progress on inclusivity

    RJI Fellows Class of 2020–2021
    Measuring progress on inclusivity
    January 5, 2021

    Tracking provides an honest assessment. That’s why tracking who actually shows up in the reporting is vital to the source diversity equation in journalism.
  • How to find diverse sources

    RJI Fellows Class of 2020–2021
    How to find diverse sources
    November 18, 2020

    The evidence is overwhelming that lack of diversity and inclusion in journalism not only perpetuates stereotypes and media distrust, but also limits which stories get told, how they are told, and whose voices are heard.
  • The why of source diversity and inclusive storytelling

    RJI Fellows Class of 2020–2021
    The why of source diversity and inclusive storytelling
    October 28, 2020

    Reporting that does not reflect the community lacks accuracy because it only tells half the story.
  • Make your reporting more diverse: Try a different network, redefine experts

    RJI Fellows Class of 2020–2021
    Make your reporting more diverse: Try a different network, redefine experts
    September 23, 2020

    A national survey found that two-thirds of journalists rely heavily on their own personal contacts to find sources.
  • Identifying and overcoming challenges with inclusive storytelling

    RJI Fellows Class of 2020–2021
    Identifying and overcoming challenges with inclusive storytelling
    August 24, 2020

    We started by laying out the obstacles we need to overcome with the reporters themselves: old habits die hard.
  • Let’s improve the diversity in your reporting

    RJI Fellows Class of 2020–2021
    Let’s improve the diversity in your reporting
    July 20, 2020

    Creating a hands-on, in-person diversity training program to help newsrooms make their reporting more representative of the communities they serve
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