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Star Tribune staffers send list of diversity demands to leadership, slam ‘white-centric’ newspaper

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A “diversity solutions document” released Wednesday accuses The Star Tribune of being a “white-centric organization” that does not represent the diverse communities in Minnesota.

Anthony Gockowski

August 1, 2020

The Star Tribune’s “non-white staff members” recently called for mandatory implicit bias training, an annual “newsroom diversity report,” and a host of other changes in a letter sent to the paper’s leadership.

A “diversity solutions document” released Thursday accuses The Star Tribune of being a “white-centric organization” that does not represent the diverse communities in Minnesota.

“Generations of journalists of color before us have been fighting for change in this newsroom for decades. But this is the moment where we are making it clear: we want to disrupt our newsroom’s systemic centering of whiteness and maleness by making structural changes,” the document states.

The list of demands was written by the newspaper’s “non-white employees” and sent to the outlet’s leadership, including publisher Mike Klingensmith.

The document demands “annual implicit bias training” for all staff members as well as an “annual newsroom diversity report.”

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