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If you're looking for information about diversity in higher education as well as the profession, check out Mass Communicating: The Forum on Media Diversity. The site, which features among its resources a searchable database of 2,000 academic and professional journal articles, books and conference papers, is run by LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication. You can contribute to the site by sending your research, events, resources or other information to site founder Ralph Izard or webmaster Masudul Biswas.

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The last people to see a story before it is published are ideally placed to watchdog issues of diversity in a story's content and language. Watch as Dori Maynard of the Maynard Institute explains how copy editors can ensure that coverage accurately reflects the community. She also shares a couple of teaching ideas that are effective in both classroom and newsrooms. It's one of nine sessions at Editing the Future.

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Maybe. ChannelOne has a couple of quizzes, as well as a photo gallery, that may stimulate discussion on diversity.

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The Society of Professional Journalists' guidelines cover visual image and story content. It also includes links to additional Web resources.

Reporting about people is never simple, and coverage of individual cultures is often simplistic, as this guide says. For example, do you know exactly who an Arab American is?

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This media guide from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation can help. In addition to glossary of terms, the GLAAD diversity manual explains why some terms are offensive and offers additional resources.

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First, dig harder. Second, make no assumptions. Third, Don't give offense. That's good advice for all journalists on every story, but those are the principles underlying the Asian American Journalists Associations's guide to covering Asian America.

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AAJC offers information on immigrant rights, affirmative action, language access, voting rights and more.

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The American Society of Newspaper Editors has been tracking the gender and race of newsroom employees. Here are the disquieting results, along with other ASNE initiatives.

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The Poynter Institute's diversity bibliography is here.

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Poynter's archive of tips sheets is here.

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The Forum on Media Diversity at Louisiana State University found that only 35 percent of journalism schools address diversity in the curriculum. Its mission is to improve on that.

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The Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University offers an A-to-Z guide to diversity terminology.

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New American Media, a collaboration of ethnic news organizations, works to raise the profile of journalism out of the mainstream.

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The Freedom Forum focuses on three priorities: its Newseum, First Amendment concerns and newsroom diversity. Here's a look at its programs to recruit and train people of color for journalism careers, including the Chips Quinn Scholars Program.

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Founded by Robert C. Maynard in 1977, the institute offers training, information about diversity issues and several columns by diversity experts.

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