Fault Lines, A Four-Part Training Series

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Across the nation, journalists and news enterprises are moving beyond mere discussions of diversity to do the difficult work of dismantling systems and beliefs that perpetuate inequities. By doing so, news outlets can improve coverage, expand audiences, vastly improve relationships with the communities they cover, and create better working environments for all employees.

Creating an inclusive newsroom culture can help improve retention, will better serve audiences of color, and will lead to the creation of journalism that is more nuanced, trusted and credible. 

This four-part training series is based on addressing personal bias or “Fault Lines” of race, gender, sexual orientation, generation, geography and class — specifically as they apply to journalists, newsrooms and coverage.

The sessions are upbeat, interactive and engaging. We seek to create a positive and open atmosphere where participants can share experiences, grapple with questions and exchange ideas. This isn't about finger pointing. It is about understanding ourselves in service of more nuanced and inclusive journalism and workplaces.

Please note:

  • This series is offered at no cost to you. The cost of the training is covered by a generous grant from Colorado Media Project.
  • Application is by organization. Only one representative per organization must apply and include information about the team from that newsroom that intends to join the training. We will make every effort to accept full teams into the training, though there is an overall cap to the program of 100 seats. 
  • Space is limited with first preference given to Advancing Equity grant recipients.

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 24. 

Notifications will be made by Wednesday, March 30. 

Logo: Fault Lines by the Maynard Institute
The series is facilitated by the Maynard institute, which for more than 40 years has pushed back against the systemic lack of diversity in the news industry through training, collaborations and convenings.
Questions: Email info@colabnews.co.

Fault Lines will provide Colorado newsrooms with training, tools and assignments that will produce implementable strategies that attendees can deploy.

Virtual sessions will take place on:

  • April 7, 1-3:30 p.m. MT (newsroom leaders only)
  • April 21, 1-3 p.m. MT
  • May 5, 1-3 p.m. MT
  • May 26, 1 to 3:30 p.m. MT

Phase I - 2.5 hours (newsroom managers and leaders only)
April 7, 1-3:30 p.m. MT
  • Managing Me - It’s not enough to manage others, good managers also have to understand what motivates them and how they can do their best work.This module examines what gets in the way of personal success and satisfaction and considers strategies that help managers develop themselves.
  • Leadership - So often, those in leadership positions in news outlets have been promoted because of their journalistic accomplishments, not for their ability and capacity to lead. Maynard facilitators will explore what effective and compassionate leadership looks like and conduct exercises for attendees to begin to formulate a personal leadership plan that can improve their interactions with team members, colleagues and even those up the chain of command.
Phase II - 2 hours
April 21, 1-3 p.m. MT
  • Equity and Belonging - Hear from Maynard Institute experts about the national call for social justice within journalism and how the calls have shifted the conversation about diversity to dismantling systemic racism in news and building institutions of belonging.
  • Learn how diversity equates to trust in the eyes of news consumers.
  • Fault Lines - Learn about the institute’s trademarked Fault Lines framework, which reveals how we all see the world through the prism of race, class, gender, generation, geography and sexual orientation.
  • Coverage - Learn how Fault Lines influence coverage, community engagement and working relationships.
Phase III - 2 hours
May 5, 1-3 p.m. MT
  • Bias and framing - We unpack how biases are formed and how to be conscious of your own.
  • Buckets of Biases - Maynard trainers get into the weeds about the different forms of bias, such as unconscious, implicit, performance and affinity.
  • Learn how these influence coverage and story framing.
Phase IV - 2.5 hours
May 26, 1 to 3:30 p.m. MT
  • Microaggressions -What they are, who commits them, how they erode morale and what you can do to stop them and hold colleagues accountable.
  • Organizational culture - Journalists must learn how the Fault Lines, biases and microaggressions all come together to create untenable relationships with colleagues, community and work environments.
  • Attendees will gain an understanding of how to improve their interactions with colleagues, sources and members of the community. Attendees will go through role-playing exercises to practice how to respond to microaggressions and how to discuss microaggressions with employees who commit them.

To make the most of this experience, participants should have the leadership buy-in necessary to embark on this level of assessment, reflection, training and outcome-driven change.

Participants are asked to commit in advance to attending all four sessions.

Pre- and post-surveys will be administered to gauge understanding, issues and areas of focus for the training.

Applicants should be prepared to participate in breakout exercises.

Some homework and reflective activities will be assigned during the period between each session.
Questions: Email info@colabnews.co.
Logos for Maynard Institute, Colorado Media Project, and Colorado News Collaborative

This workshop series is designed specifically for newsroom teams, and includes small-group discussion and homework in between sessions. 

Who should attend?
  • Journalists working in broadcast, print or digital media.
  • Reporters, editors, visual journalists, those working in audience or community engagement, as well as newsroom managers, leaders or news executives seeking to gain a deeper understanding of social fault lines, bias and organizational culture.
  • Those on-staff and freelance journalists.

Please note:

  • Space is limited with first preference given to Advancing Equity grant recipients.  
  • We will make every effort to accept full teams into the training, though there is an overall cap to the program of 100 seats. 

Participating teams must commit to: 

Attend all four sessions: 
  • April 7, 1-3:30 p.m. MT (newsroom leaders only)
  • April 21, 1-3 p.m. MT
  • May 5, 1-3 p.m. MT
  • May 26, 1 to 3:30 p.m. MT
Complete a pre- and post-assessment from Maynard, to capture learning, lessons and next steps from the workshop

Complete a COLab newsroom survey, which will be aggregated with other newsroom data to provide a baseline picture of diversity in Colorado newsrooms