Bob Satchwell

Diversity is a priority for the media

In January 2001 the then-BBC Director General said that the corporation, owned by the people of Britain and founded with a clear public-service remit, was 'hideously white'. It was a shock awakening for Britain's broadcasting industry. In 2002 the Journalists at Work report by Journalism Training Forum/Skillset underlined Dyke's analysis and put into equally stark relief the overwhelmingly white and privileged make-up of Britain's print journalists. This chapter recalls the effect those pivotal moments had on the nation's newspaper industry and charts the steps taken to address the need for a more diverse workforce by the Society of Editors and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), with funding from the newspaper industry. But it warns that there is still much progress to be made.

Keywords: NCTJ, Journalism Diversity Fund, Society of Editors, 'hideously white', newspaper diversity


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