Diversity and Inclusion: Why it Matters Now More Than Ever

About This Session:

When Leona Allen was appointed deputy publisher of The Dallas Morning News this summer with responsibility for diversity and inclusion across the company, the newspaper made the commitment to "walk the walk" in making the company more inclusive of the community it serves.   Gannett also made headlines recently with its commitment to achive gender, racial and ethnic parity with its communities by 2025. And, Corinne Chin is the founder and leader of newsroom’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force at The Seattle Times.

Learn from industry thought leaders how to ensure your organization is meeting expectations for diversity, inclusion and equality, how that impacts your content and product plans and how it impacts your business from financial and social aspects.


Mizell Stewart III is a lifelong journalist and community servant with a passion for transforming organizations and lives for the better. Today, he is a news executive for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network and an adjunct faculty member at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Previously, he was the managing director and chief content officer for Journal Media Group and vice president/content for the newspaper division of The E.W. Scripps Company. Earlier in his career, he led newsrooms in Akron, Ohio; Evansville, Indiana; and Tallahassee, Florida.

Leona Allen, a Pulitzer-Prize winner, became deputy publisher of The Dallas Morning News in August. She most recently was a member of the editorial board. During her nearly 26 years at The News, she also served as deputy managing editor for local news, assistant managing editor, night city editor, suburban editor and deputy metro editor. She’s been involved in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives her entire career. The Oak Cliff native previously worked as an editor and reporter at The Dallas Times Herald and the Akron Beacon Journal. While in Akron, she was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team that won the Public Service award for a yearlong series on race relations in that city. She’s currently the chair of Dallas Morning News Charities that has contributed $30 million over the years to organizations that serve the hungry and homeless. And she’s on the board of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

Corinne Chin is a senior video journalist at The Seattle Times – winner of the 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence – and the founder and leader of the newsroom’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. As a storyteller, she focuses on in-depth video stories about underrepresented communities, such as Under Our Skin, an award-winning interactive documentary exploring the words we use – and misuse – to talk about race. Chin is a graduate of the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media and the ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute. Outside the newsroom, she promotes diversity in journalism as the president of the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, and she is a frequent speaker on diversity, equity and inclusion at conferences and community events nationwide.

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