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EDITORIAL STAFF<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

Managing Editor<br />

Engagement Editor<br />

Diversity, Equity, and<br />

Inclusion Chairperson<br />

Chief Copy Editor<br />

Assistant Copy Editors<br />

Opinions Editor<br />

News Editor<br />

Ashlee Woods<br />

editor@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Carson Lott<br />

managingeditor@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Ronni Rowan<br />

engagement@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Jeffrey Kelly<br />

dei@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Jack Maurer<br />

Sarah Clifton<br />

Cassie Montgomery<br />

Victor Hagan<br />

letters@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Ethan Henry<br />

newsdesk@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Assistant News Editors Maven Navarro<br />

Jacob Ritondo<br />

Culture Editor Savannah Ichikawa<br />

culture@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Sports Editor Abby McCreary<br />

sports@thecrimsonwhite.com<br />

Assistant Sports Editor Bella Martina<br />

Photo Editor Natalie Teat<br />

Assistant Photo Editor Riley Thompson<br />

Chief Page Editor Natalie Marburger<br />

Chief Graphics Editor Shelby West<br />

Multimedia Editor Augustus Barnette<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> Wh is the community newspaper of <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> is an editorially free newspaper produced by students. <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama cannot influence editorial decisions and editorial opinions are those of the editorial<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong>, Copyright © <strong>2023</strong><br />

Our View:<br />

Reaffirming our commitment to<br />

diversity, equity and inclusion<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong><br />

Editorial Board<br />

With the 10th<br />

anniversary of <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong>’s “Final<br />

Barrier” story, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

<strong>White</strong>’s editorial board<br />

would be remiss not to<br />

take this opportunity to<br />

reflect and address <strong>The</strong><br />

CW’s past and future as a<br />

publication.<br />

“We have called out<br />

administrative silence, but<br />

we have also legitimized it.<br />

We have raged against the<br />

Machine, but we have also<br />

excused it. Throughout<br />

those 125 years, we have<br />

centered white students<br />

and white stories. We are<br />

not enemies of the people.<br />

But we are not always<br />

heroes either. It’s long past<br />

time that we look inward<br />

and make sustainable<br />

changes to the way we do<br />

news.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> 2020-<strong>21</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

<strong>White</strong> editorial board<br />

wrote those words three<br />

years ago during a period<br />

of political turmoil, social<br />

unrest and uncertainty<br />

that spurred several<br />

companies, organizations<br />

and groups — like <strong>The</strong> CW<br />

— to address their internal<br />

diversity issues.<br />

Now, in <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong><br />

is addressing our<br />

shortcomings since that<br />

piece was published, in<br />

an effort to reaffirm that<br />

promise those five women<br />

made to the University in<br />

2020.<br />

What has worked<br />

At the time that piece<br />

was written, only two<br />

Black men and no women<br />

of color had held the<br />

position of editor-in-chief.<br />

Since then, two women<br />

of color have taken up<br />

the task of leading the<br />

student newspaper. If <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> desires to<br />

put more diverse voices<br />

in and throughout the<br />

framework of the paper,<br />

those same voices must<br />

be in leadership positions<br />

helping create the<br />

necessary relationships.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong><br />

has also taken the time<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> editorial board consists of Editor-in-Chief Ashlee Woods; Managing Editor Carson Lott;<br />

Engagement Editor Ronni Rowan; Opinions Editor Victor Hagan; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chairperson Jeffrey Kelly.<br />

to ensure that minority<br />

voices are included in<br />

our stories and images.<br />

Under the direction of<br />

former Editor-in-Chief<br />

Rebecca Griesbach, two<br />

race and identity reporters<br />

were added to our staff,<br />

designed to carry out<br />

robust and nuanced<br />

reporting of minority<br />

issues and topics on<br />

campus. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

<strong>White</strong> also added the<br />

regular practice of source<br />

reporting modeled after<br />

publications like NPR and<br />

Wisconsin Public Radio.<br />

This was another way <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> ensured<br />

that diverse voices were<br />

at the forefront of our<br />

reporting.<br />

What we’re<br />

changing<br />

However, what<br />

the current editorial<br />

board has found is that<br />

although you may have<br />

leaders of different<br />

shades, ethnicities<br />

and socioeconomic<br />

backgrounds,<br />

intentionality will<br />

always reign supreme<br />

in implementing true<br />

diversity, equity and<br />

inclusion.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong><br />

must strive to adhere to<br />

an ethical guideline built<br />

around care, nuance and<br />

tactfulness. With this in<br />

mind, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong><br />

has decided to create a<br />

mission statement that<br />

has been shared among<br />

the staff and now will<br />

be shared with the UA<br />

community.<br />

Staff members and<br />

contributors will work<br />

together to create and<br />

maintain a safe, diverse<br />

and collaborative newsroom<br />

that prioritizes accurate<br />

and compelling storytelling.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> will also<br />

be committed to covering<br />

historically underrepresented<br />

communities in media with<br />

tact and nuance. To best<br />

prepare staff members<br />

for professional jobs and<br />

internships in media, <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> will also<br />

work to give contributors<br />

the chance to add bylines,<br />

while also giving them tools<br />

and training with industry<br />

professionals.<br />

This statement is a<br />

foundation for many of<br />

the new practices and<br />

elements <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

<strong>White</strong> has adopted this<br />

year.<br />

Arguably the most<br />

important move <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> has made<br />

in our efforts to address<br />

our internal issues of<br />

diversity, equity and<br />

inclusion is the addition<br />

of a diversity, equity and<br />

inclusion chairperson.<br />

In the past, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

<strong>White</strong> has not done an<br />

adequate job ensuring that<br />

these issues remain at the<br />

forefront of our minds in<br />

everyday coverage. <strong>The</strong><br />

addition of this position<br />

not only to the staff but<br />

also to the editorial board<br />

is an intentional decision<br />

that underscores this<br />

year’s staff’s desire not<br />

only to grow as reporters,<br />

but to prepare our<br />

newsroom for the future.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong>’s<br />

editorial board also<br />

acknowledges our<br />

failure in the past to be<br />

completely transparent<br />

about our diversity, equity<br />

and inclusion efforts. That<br />

is something we want to<br />

rectify this year, so below<br />

is a list of other practices<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> is<br />

implementing this year.<br />

Reworking our sourcereporting<br />

system.<br />

Under the careful<br />

guidance of <strong>The</strong> CW’s<br />

diversity, equity and<br />

inclusion chairperson,<br />

staff members and editors<br />

will record the race,<br />

identity and background<br />

of sources we use in our<br />

stories with a voluntary<br />

anonymous survey given<br />

to sources after interviews.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se records will be<br />

compiled into a monthly<br />

source report available<br />

to the editorial staff to<br />

help us track our progress<br />

and hold ourselves<br />

accountable.<br />

In addition, <strong>The</strong> CW will<br />

create an end-of-year staff<br />

diversity report and source<br />

diversity report that will<br />

be available to the public.<br />

Increasing the diversity<br />

of sources and staff.<br />

This year, <strong>The</strong> CW<br />

aims to increase the use<br />

of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+,<br />

women and other minority<br />

sources. Our goal is to<br />

incorporate at least two<br />

in our articles where<br />

their voices are needed<br />

and valuable, with one<br />

being an “expert” voice (a<br />

professor, faculty member,<br />

coach, player, etc.).<br />

With our recruitment<br />

efforts, the managing<br />

editor has updated the<br />

application process to<br />

collect demographic<br />

information, so <strong>The</strong><br />

CW better understands<br />

what communities<br />

we’re not reaching and<br />

can strategize how to<br />

best recruit and retain<br />

diverse contributors. <strong>The</strong><br />

information is shared only<br />

with the editor-in-chief<br />

and managing editor.<br />

Hosting multiple<br />

diversity, equity and<br />

inclusion training<br />

sessions spread<br />

throughout the year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> diversity, equity<br />

and inclusion chairperson<br />

and the editorial board<br />

will plan two to four<br />

training sessions centered<br />

on issues of diversity in<br />

media. <strong>The</strong>se training<br />

courses are designed to<br />

help contributors, staff<br />

members and editors<br />

learn how to spot these<br />

issues and resolve them<br />

in a healthy manner. <strong>The</strong><br />

trainings will also include<br />

writing and reporting<br />

workshops led by minority<br />

media professionals.<br />

Updating the current<br />

CW house style guide.<br />

<strong>The</strong> chief copy editor;<br />

the diversity, equity and<br />

inclusion chairperson; and<br />

the editor-in-chief will<br />

work together to update<br />

the current CW style guide.<br />

This will include a detailed<br />

section on how to ethically<br />

report on groups, events,<br />

organizations and issues<br />

that involve minority<br />

groups on campus. <strong>The</strong><br />

updated style guide will<br />

pull inspiration from<br />

professional style guides<br />

from organizations like the<br />

National Association of<br />

Black Journalists, NLGJA:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Association of LGBTQ+<br />

Journalists and the Native<br />

American Journalists<br />

Association and adapt<br />

coverage techniques and<br />

terminology into our own<br />

style guide.<br />

Creating strategic<br />

partnerships.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong><br />

will look to build<br />

relationships with student<br />

organizations and leaders<br />

on campus.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se relationships<br />

will serve two purposes:<br />

to provide the newspaper<br />

with a more diverse pool<br />

of potential applicants and<br />

repair relationships with<br />

certain community groups<br />

on campus.<br />

To further our efforts<br />

toward transparency, <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> would<br />

like to share our in-house<br />

diversity statement that all<br />

editors have signed.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong><br />

would also like to<br />

acknowledge that the last<br />

three years show that<br />

while working toward<br />

creating sustainable<br />

change within our<br />

publication and upholding<br />

diversity, equity and<br />

inclusion in coverage,<br />

we’ve hit stumbling blocks<br />

and suffered various<br />

growing pains that are<br />

synonymous with the<br />

learning that’s needed<br />

to be truly equitable and<br />

inclusive.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se growing pains<br />

will not deter us from<br />

continuing to work toward<br />

our goal of ethical and<br />

equitable coverage of the<br />

UA community.

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