CULTURAL COMPETENCE EDITING
Our editors will point out errors or biases in your storytelling and help provide context for telling the full story of diverse communities.
As journalists we are often called upon to report on and tell stories about cultures that are different from the ones we belong to and understand. We come at those stories, and approach those cultures, with biases and assumptions that are often unacknowledged and hidden, even from ourselves. When covering a culture or community that is not our own, it is vitally important to explore and examine those biases. It is often equally important to allow someone who is part of that community to help us recognize when we got the story wrong, framed it inaccurately, or portrayed characters within the story without the full acknowledgement and understanding of their culture and context.
A cultural competency assessment of our journalism invites a professional journalist with first-hand knowledge of a culture or community to assess in what ways our stories acknowledge and accept the differences in behavior, appearance and culture of a community that is not our own, and in what ways our stories fall short. An assessment will point out errors or biases in the storytelling and will help provide context for telling the full story of that community.
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