Race Forward Releases Race Reporting Guide

Contact: Rebekah Spicuglia

[email protected]

Tool Serves Journalists and Thought Leaders in Discussions of Race and Racism

July 2, 2015 (New York, NY) – Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation is excited to announce its new Race Reporting Guide, an accessible and concise tool for journalists and thought leaders in the United States discussing about race, racism, and racial justice in the media. Race Forward’s Race Reporting Guide aims to provide critical support for the use of responsible language and story framing that reflects ethical and rigorous journalistic standards and affirms the dignity and human rights of people of all races.

“Recent events demonstrate it is necessary to address racial bias. In our Moving the Race Conversation Forward report, we found that most media coverage is not ‘systemically aware.’ This guide is another tool to help us reframe our conversations on race,” said Race Forward President Rinku Sen.

“Our Race Reporting Guide was met with great excitement when we released it at the 2015 Allied Media Conference,” said Senior Communications Manager Rebekah Spicuglia. “We invite journalists and media-makers to consider Race Forward a resource in story-development, experts available, and talking about race in the media.”

The purpose of the Race Reporting Guide is to provide important context and guidelines to inform reporting and language, and to encourage more conversation and understanding around race and racism. The guide includes:

  • Guidelines for covering key issues with a racial lens
  • Reporting on specific racial and ethnic groups
  • Harmful racial discourse practices to avoid
  • Key terms and concepts
  • Online resources

Race Forward’s Race Reporting Guide will be regularly updated and is available for download at https://www.raceforward.org/reporting-guide. For more information, please contact [email protected].