June 2, 2002: Diversity Institute Launched
The Diversity Institute launches at the First Amendment Center with a 12-week newsroom training program in partnership with local newspapers. In 2007, the institute overhauled its curricula to prepare journalists to be versatile and vital in the digital age. This initiative expanded the Freedom Forum’s advocacy of journalism diversity through early support for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, California Chicano News Media Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association and International Women’s Media Foundation.
Pictured: Diversity Institute Winter 2006 Class of Scholars, left to right, Martin Ricard (standing in white shirt), Sheldon Scruggs, (sitting), Carolyn Barker Thompson, Jonathan Babalola, Kymburleigh Tyler and Louis Medina.