By Rebecca Aguilar | December 1st, 2011
Our diversity committee is made up of people committed in making a difference in the landscape of journalism.Today we’re introducing you to two more members. They come from different backgrounds and opposite sides of the country.
“I joined the SPJ Diversity Committee because diversifying our newsrooms has been a perennial goal of mine as a full-time working journalist and now as a full-time journalism professor.
In my current position on the journalism faculty at The University, I not only teach two courses that focus on issues of difference or diversity in the media, but I also have made topics/issues of diversity a part of the academic research that I do.
SPJ cannot be the nation’s largest, most broad-based group of journalists if it does not reflect the breadth of experiences and backgrounds of those who populate our profession.”
“I was asked to serve on the diversity committee because of my work for the Western Washington Pro Chapter. It is my hope to help other journalists understand how words matter, no matter who or what they are covering.
The concept of diversity extends beyond who we are to include those we love and how we identify. As the proud mother of a transgender son, I hope to bring a certain awareness for equal rights and justice, whether it’s health care, marriage, employment or housing. I also want to contribute to a greater understanding of American Indian issues.
Recently, a celebrity mother used the derogatory term ‘Indian giver’ to describe her daughter keeping her expensive wedding ring. Instead of getting angry or demanding an apology, let’s use situations like this as ’teachable moments,’ educate with compassion and move on. “
GETTING TO KNOW THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Every year there are changes on committees. We’re just making sure that as members you know who we are and what we stand for. Please feel free to contact us if you have an ideas for our blog. Stay tuned for the next committee member profiles.
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Rebecca Aguilar an Emmy award winning reporter based in Dallas, TX. She has 30 years of experience, with 28 in television news. She’s also a board member with the SPJ-Fort Worth Chapter and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.