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Thursday, November 14 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Rethinking the Style Guide: Co-Creating Standards with Our Communities

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The session is a space for journalists to grapple with and think differently about the language they use to describe their communities. The session starts with an introduction to tools to help newsrooms use more inclusive, human-centered language in their coverage of mis- and under-represented communities. Then, we’ll tackle the “low-hanging fruit” of language change in the newsroom, from terms around addiction to alternatives to police jargon. Then the group will participate in a design-thinking activity to talk through how to involve the community in updating their own newsrooms' style standards.

Attendees will leave with an understanding that listening to how communities want to be described isn't falling for spin, it's allowing people to be experts in their lived experience, and it's a way to build trust. They’ll also have specific suggestions for their own newsroom, whether that's changes to their style guide or the creation of a style committee or community standards board.


Aubrey Nagle

Project Editor, Reframe, Resolve Philadelphia

Thursday November 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am CST
Room 836 1104 S. Wabash Ave., floor 8