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The Guild’s Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Committee members raise their fists in solidarity of the fight for social justice. We aim to help attract, protect and amplify all historically stifled newsroom voices. We hope to inspire needed journalism evolution through conversations and actions. 

News Guild’s Diversity committee to host virtual career conference

June event will help connect newsrooms with diverse job applicants

DETROIT — The Newspaper Guild of Detroit’s Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Committee will host Michigan media members and college students on June 21 and June 22 for its inaugural event. Managers, editors and staffers from print, broadcast and online media will speak about what it takes to get hired and thrive in the industry.

The goal of the TNG Student Media conference is to introduce aspiring journalists to career opportunities and facilitate a more diverse candidate pool for local media organizations. 

An interactive discussion on newsroom diversity will kick off each day. Journalists in myriad roles and other communications pros will share their experiences and offer advice. 65 Deadline to sign up is Feb. 22. A final lineup and schedule will follow. 

Chairwoman Julie Walker said momentum from 2020’s social justice uprisings helped fuel the formation of the Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Committee that has been a long time coming.

“An industry that supposedly gives voice to the voiceless silences too many in their own newsrooms,” Walker said. “In my Guild rep role, I’ve heard so many concerns related to issues such as sexism, ageism, racism and more.

“While there’s much work to do, we felt it most urgent that our inaugural event address lacking newsroom diversity.”

Michigan’s Asian American Journalists Association chapter, the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the nonprofit Coaching Detroit Forward have partnered with the Guild to host this free virtual event for students.