The Conscious Language Newsletter
Updating the definition of “racism” in Merriam-Webster.
Language that empowers communities in times of crisis.
Gender-inclusive labels, categories, and courtesy titles.
Covering the coronavirus responsibly.
Why newsrooms are rethinking mugshots, “crazy” isn’t always ableist, and gaming needs gender-neutral pronouns.
Why the Los Angeles Times stopped italicizing “foreign” foods, Merriam-Webster is reviewing an entry in its dictionary, and compliments can be racist.
Reclaiming the “OK” gesture, designing better algorithms, and the potential of “y’all.”
Tips on writing about students experiencing homelessness.
Examining Brexitspeak, rape tropes, and the dehumanizing language of mass incarceration.
From reclaiming a slur to questioning default language.
Reporting on mass shootings, the erasure of Latinx people, and not using “shooter” interchangeably with “photojournalist.”
On “underage women,” “menstruators,” and the claim that “we are all immigrants.”
How media organizations are taking responsibility and improving journalistic practices.
Rethinking stock photos, interviewing, and first-person narration.
Focus on the media and its influence, plus a message from the founder.