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Changing Your Stylebook To Create a More Empathetic Newsroom

Topics like sexual violence, LGBT issues and mental health are especially challenging for reporters and editors, given our natural concern for language and approach.

We’ll help you avoid common mistakes, and, as part of this discussion, you will get a worksheet with best practices for improving stylebooks and reporting to reflect language preferences and thoughtful news gathering that can be adapted to any tricky-topic issue, including gun violence/control, immigration/border issues and incarceration/social justice.

Collaborative document of news outlets that share their stylebooks

Presenter Megan Finnerty's step-by-step guide to updating your stylebook

Presenter Kristen Hare Jairam's slide deck

Poynter Webinar

Note: we work hard to provide audio recordings for most sessions, but were unable to provide it for this session due to technical difficulties. Please find coverage provided by our social team below.


Sharif Durhams - Homepage Editor, The Washington Post
sdurhams | http://www.washingtonpost.com

Kristen Hare - Reporter, Poynter Institute for Media Studies
kristenhare | http://www.poynter.org/

Stephanie Uribe - Program Associate, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, The Carter Center
MHMforum | http://www.cartercenter.org/health/mental_health/fellowships/index.html


Megan Finnerty - Features Reporter, Founder of the Arizona Storytellers Project, The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com
MeganMFinnerty | http://www.meganmfinnerty.com/#megan