Hispanic Heritage Month: 5 Things You Should Know

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! Or is it ¡Feliz #MesdelaHerencia? 🤔 How does one celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month anyway? With tequila and guacamole? Or perhaps empanadas y mate tea? How about with Andean music or reggaeton? And why Hispanic and not #Latino Heritage Month? Each year millions of people celebrate the history, culture, contributions and #DIVERSITY of Hispanic…

Come Together: Journalists of Color

“Did you read it?” she asks just before taking a sip from her michelada. “I did”, I reply. And then I start going down my list: “Journalists are not the enemy”, The Boston Globe. “A Free Press Needs You”, The New York Times. “Defendemos la libertad de prensa”, El Diario. “Think your enemy is the…

Recalibrating Workplace Leadership Through Diversity

Today’s largely millennial workforce sees old-world bureaucratic systems favoring decision-making by big titles as unattractive. These people seek positions of influence, which enable them to collaborate with others by integrating their individualities. The key to success isn’t in a company’s ability to create order, but how it introduces a little chaos. I have noticed that…

Diversity Without Inclusion Is Only Skin-deep

Many companies embrace diversity, but fail to build a long lasting inclusive workplace environment because they focus too much effort on representation and not enough on integration. In media, the theory is that an audience is distrustful of storytelling marketed as important to their needs when the messengers aren’t reflective of their community. I generally…

Media Bias and the Negative Narrative 

I was invited to speak at Howard University about the lack of newsroom diversity and its negative impact on audiences at the Legal Digital Innovator Conference hosted by the Minority Counselor TV. Here’s part of my presentation: There’s a direct link between the lack of diversity in newsrooms and how it shapes the biased perceptions…