Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
Changing face of New Zealand should be reflected in mainstream media newsrooms – Race Relations Commissioner
With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday 21 September.
“The changing face of New Zealand needs to be reflected not just in our communities but also in mainstream media newsrooms,” said Dame Susan.
“Diversifying our newsrooms isn’t just a numbers game it’s about actively working to report on all New Zealanders with depth and understanding.”
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said media professionals play a particularly important human rights role in shaping public opinion, changing perceptions about cultural diversity and building peace. How the mainstream media reports on ethnic minorities was a significant issue for participants attending this year’s Human Rights Commission Diversity Forum.
“New Zealand is fast becoming one of the most diverse nations on earth and we cannot afford to ignore the changing face of our peoples,” said Dame Susan.
“Diversity is good for human rights, for business and excellence in journalism.”
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