“In the same way that Star Tribune has become known as a leader in the business of local news, we hope that we can equally become seen as a leader in the critically important arena of diversity, equity, and inclusion.” – Michael J Klingensmith
The Star Tribune, Minnesota’s largest newspaper, has been working to heighten the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion within their organization and become a role model for other organizations. At present they have devised a diversity strategy with short- and long-term objectives with metrics to measure progress. Over the past year, the Star Tribune has improved the diversity of their newsroom staff as well as having created and filled the position of Assistant Managing Editor of Diversity and Community. This position was created to ensure more equitable news coverage and newsroom culture. As a result, the Star is increasing its coverage on race and equity. Additionally, the Star has facilitated intro to bias sessions for all employees in 2020 virtually and hired a consultant to facilitate recognizing and responding to bias in 2021. Moving forward, the Star is working to expand their employee resource groups as well as community outreach. At present they have an ongoing partnership with United Way, with whom they have collaborated to implement one paid volunteer day a year.