Diversity is a qualification

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"Increase minority levels until percentages of minority staffers equal the percentages of minority populations in the market and/or country" (Haiman 45). 

Previous to reading this section of Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, I have always thought a person should be hired based on how qualified they are and not based on race.  Now I understand why Haiman suggests that editors should work to build diverse staffs.

As I continued reading, this statement stood out to be the most: "Many editors who have been successful in diversifying their staffs say that they no longer use the terms 'fully' qualified or 'the best' qualified since differences in qualification are highly subjective and difficult to quantify, anyway" (Haiman 45).  I had never thought of qualification as being subjective, but completely understand how it would be.  Therefore, one could say that being a minority is an important qualification qualification. 

Haiman continues: "if you believe that having a diverse staff is essential to covering the news fully and fairly, then the fact of diversity itself is an important qualification to be considered" (Haiman 45-46).  A lot of candidates are qualified for a job.  Therefore an editor could select qualified people from each minority group in order to create a diverse staff.  The end result will include qualified, diverse journalists which would definitely add a certain aspect to newspapers which the readers desire.  The readers will be able to read from different points of view, broaden their knowledge of news stories, and will be informed appropriately since the diverse staff will also be qualified.


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