This list will continually update and evolve as we identify new resources. Please feel free to reach out with any recommended additions.
Style guides of journalism groups
The media is the main way most people learn about individuals with lived experiences that differ from their own. These guides expand beyond the Associated Press Stylebook to help ensure storytellers get it right. We recommend familiarizing yourself with each guide and bookmarking each for easy future reference.
- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) (@NABJ): Style Guide
- Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) (@najournalists): Reporting and Indigenous Terminology Guide; Tribal Nations Media Guide
- Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA): Covering Asia and Asian Americans
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) (@NAHJ): Cultural Competence Handbook
- The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) (@NLGJA): Stylebook
- Trans Journalist Association (@TransJA): Style Guide
- National Center on Disability and Journalism (@NCDJ_ASU): Style Guide
Additional organizations to know
- South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) (@sajahq)
- Resolve Philly (@resolvephilly): A nonprofit developed to address how historically misrepresented communities, particularly those experiencing racial injustice and economic hardship, are covered by the media.
- GLAAD (@glaad): An organization that is rewriting the script for LGBTQ acceptance.
Local journalism groups
- San Diego Association of Black Journalists (@SDABJTweets)
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) San Diego-Tijuana (@NAHJSDTJ)
- Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) San Diego (@AAJASanDiego)
Databases to help diversify your sources
We recommend bookmarking each database to make it easy to reference while on deadline. Club members have also found that asking sources to recommend people who are members of underrepresented groups is an effective tactic.
- Diverse Sources (@DiverseSources)
- 500 Women Scientists (@500womensci)
- 500 Women Scientists San Diego (@500WomenSciSD)
- 500 Queer Scientists (@500QueerSci)
National science organizations
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) (@SACNAS)
- National Society of Black Physicists (@NSBPInc)
- Black in Neuro (@BlackInNeuro)
- Black Microbiologists Association (@BlackInMicro)
- Black in Immuno (@BlackInImmuno)
- MAES (Latinos in Science and Engineering)
- BWise Black Women in Science and Engineering (@bwise_bwiseusa)
- oSTEM (@OUTinSTEM)
- National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) (@STEMforEquality)
- Pride in STEM (@PrideinSTEM)
Sensitivity readers / diversity readers
We recommend engaging multiple sensitivity readers, also known as diversity readers, on any story that involves a community that is not your own. Rates vary, but are usually $31–$35/hour, according to the Editorial Freelancers Association. The best time to engage a sensitivity reader is before you begin your piece. This Open Notebook article about working with sensitivity readers is a helpful guide, which informed the information below.
Editors of Color includes sensitivity readers in its searchable database.
Salt & Sage Books is a resource for finding sensitivity and expert readers. They also have published many guides written by their sensitivity readers, such as “How to Write Black Characters,” “How to Write Autistic Characters,” “Writing Fat-Positively” and more.
Quiet House Editing has a list of diversity readers. Note: Quiethouse Editing is no longer managing a team of diversity readers. The readers listed are independent contractors and must be contacted directly for inquiries.
Writing Diversely has a directory of sensitivity readers.
- The Open Notebook: Finding Diverse Sources for Science Stories
- The Open Notebook: Gut Check: Working with a Sensitivity Reader
- The Open Notebook: Including Diverse Voices in Science Stories
- The Open Notebook: Making Your Writing and Reporting Transgender-Inclusive
- The Last Word on Nothing: The Finkbeiner Test: A Tool for Writing About Women in their Professions
- Frontiers in Communication: CómoSciWri: Resources to Help Science Writers Engage Bicultural and Bilingual Audiences in the United States