ONA Weekly #406: DEI Efforts In North American Newsrooms

By on April 13, 2022

Replay: DEI efforts in North American newsrooms

“It is thought that inclusion may be the work of one person or the work of a specific team, but it must be the work of the company itself to be successful.” That’s one key point Ashley Alvarado, Vice President of Community Engagement & Strategic Initiatives at KPCC, delivered in a conversation with Anita Li, Founder and CEO of The Green Line, on leading DEI initiatives in journalism.

The discussion, one of the sessions ONA organized at the International Journalism Festival, provided inspiration, frameworks and practical resources for engaging underrepresented communities. Watch now: How North American newsrooms are operationalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

FAQ: What makes for a good ONA22 proposal?

Our #1 tip for pitching to the ONA conference: Be specific. We are looking for pitches that show planning and thought on how in-person and remote audiences would participate during a session, what they will take away and how they might apply it to their work. Suggest a title that is direct and descriptive, and tell us about format options to consider—e.g. Is someone presenting a case study? Are attendees creating a template or practicing with one?  

Read the ONA22 Suggestion Box Guide for detailed tips and more FAQs. Plus, set your calendar reminder now: Session pitches are due April 21, 9 p.m. EDT (01:00 UTC).

On the calendar

Career opportunities

ONA’s Career Center is an excellent resource for jobs, fellowships and internships in digital journalism. Recent postings include:

On our radar

Directory spotlight


PRConnect partners with media companies for the rapid deployment of new content sections for their websites. They create immediate profit centers with guaranteed revenues and reader traffic. Intrigued? Contact the team to learn more.

Dozens of technology companies, foundations, consultants and journalism organizations contribute to ONA’s mission throughout the year. Explore our Industry Directory to discover new tools and potential partners, or learn how to get listed.

Support ONA

There are many ways to help sustain ONA’s mission to inspire and support innovation in digital journalism.