Journalism Center Releases Style Guide for Writing about Diversity

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS’ NETWORK -- The Diversity Style Guide, a free resource from the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism (CIIJ) at San Francisco State University, aims to answer these questions, allowing journalists to authoritatively write about today’s multifaceted, multicultural society. The guide contains more than 700 entries that cover race and ethnicity, disability, religion, gender and sexuality and more. The need for journalists to be accurate while covering these topics is apparent no matter where one is in the world, explained Rachele Kanigel, associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and the guide’s editor. “New terms like cisgender, Black Twitter and genderqueer have come into the cultural vocabulary, but journalists don’t always know how to use these terms correctly,” she said. “This guide aims to inform media professionals so they can write responsibly and accurately about different people and communities.”