Professor Kanigel's Updated 'Diversity Style Guide' Has Immense Value, Per College Media Review

Monday, February 15, 2021

COLLEGE MEDIA REVIEW -- “All media professionals have to face decisions about the language they use whenever they set out to write about the human experience,” Kanigel writes in the book’s Introduction. “Is it better to call the son of a Guatemalan immigrant Hispanic or Latino? Should you refer to a member of the Passamaquoddy tribe in Maine as an American Indian or a Native American, an Indigenous American or a Native person, or avoid racial descriptors altogether. ... Is a man in his 80s elderly, a senior citizen or just a senior?”

“The Diversity Style Guide” provides journalism students and media professionals with an understanding about the role of diversity in journalism and about “the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that words can alienate a source or infuriate a reader.” The book can be used as both a teaching tool in journalism classes and a reference tool that students and student newsrooms can have on the shelf.