Three years after George Floyd, newsroom diversity initiatives are dying back

Here’s how Mother Jones is fighting the trend — and how other outlets can too.


Three years ago today, George Floyd was murdered, and his death, alongside the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, acted as a catalyst for many news organizations to address their lack of diversity. In 2020, media institutions created diversity and inclusion positions, hired more people of color, and launched programs aimed at reducing racial bias. If outlets changed who worked in newsrooms, the thinking went, changes to what stories were told and by whom would follow.

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