Inclusive and Accessible (Science) Journalism and Media
On this page, you'll find media outlets and projects serving underserved communities and telling previously untold stories. You'll also find professional organizations that serve journalists from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in media. Some of the outlets and projects on this page expressly focus on science, others have a broad scope.
Link: Broad Science
About: “Broad Science is an initiative dedicated to making science inclusive, engaging, and intersectional. We are focused on telling science stories from the voices and perspectives that often get overlooked and go untold. Through podcasting, Broad Science aims to provide a platform that makes science accessible for everyone, empowers marginalized communities, and encourages socially-conscious scientific practice in the next generation of scientists.”
Projects include: The Podcast, Broad Science Youth, STEM Storytelling Nights
NOVA Science Studio
About: “The NOVA Science Studio empowers students with the skills to tell engaging stories about science through text journalism and short-form video and creates a platform to amplify the voices of young people who have been traditionally underrepresented in science communication.”
National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH
About: “For over two decades, the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) has been a national leader in making digital media accessible for people with disabilities. The team in NCAM—with over 150 years of combined experience in accessibility—are pioneers, inventors, and problem-solvers, frequently anticipating and creating solutions for tomorrow's technology challenges.”
Center for Community Media
Creator: CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism
About: CCM provides training to local journalists, including how to cover issues like climate change and disinformation campaigns, as well as understand and uncover artificial intelligence used by local officials and institutions that disproportionately target people of color. CCM is also researching community media, what makes it sustainable, and the challenges faced. It is trying to fill the data gap that exists on outlets owned by and serving communities of color.
The “Regional Hubs” project has directories of news outlets on the US-Mexico border as well as relationships with community outlets in New York and Chicago, and a radio broadcasting group. Regional Hubs (link).
National Association of Black Journalists
About: “The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides innovative, quality programs and services to its members. The organization advocates on behalf of Black journalists and media professionals in the U.S. and worldwide. NABJ’s membership is more than 4,000 strong and includes emerging journalists, professional journalists, student journalists, journalism educators and media professionals of all kinds. Many of NABJ’s members also serve on and participate in domestic and global professional and student chapters. This allows us to consistently reach, support and engage Black journalists and media professionals in their local communities through meetings, panels, workshops, media institutes and regional conferences. NABJ also offers its members the opportunity to join multiple task forces and committees that align with their professional disciplines and goals.”
Asian American Journalists Association
About: “The Asian American Journalists Association is a membership nonprofit advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color.” “The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry.”
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
About: “The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 3,200 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators.”
Native American Journalists Association
About: “NAJA serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. NAJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression. NAJA is committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.”