You can help change who gets to be a journalist.
Who the storytellers are in the world matters. That’s why Berkeley Journalism is committed to bringing new voices, new leaders, and new cultural competencies to the field. And it’s why we believe that strong, vibrant communities of support for students while they’re at North Gate Hall matters, too.
In the words of our Dean Geeta Anand,
"We aim to educate journalists and journalism leaders who are more diverse in their class and caste and race, so that we as an industry, will make fewer mistakes, and journalism, that sacred first draft of history, will be truer to the lived experiences of all of us."
Here’s how you can help.
Berkeley Journalism’s student affinity groups - many of them local chapters of national organizations - play a key role in diversifying the journalism community. They not only enrich the student experience at the J-School and networks that connect and support J-School students; they also enrich everyone’s experience - students and faculty, the campus, and the larger community.
UC Berkeley chapters of national organizations:
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA): The AAJA is committed to “advancing diversity in newsrooms, and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color.”
Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA): Working within the news media to advance fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ communities and issues, the NLGJA provides education, professional development and mentoring. Berkeley is home to a chapter of the NLGJA.
Disabled Journalists Association (DJA): A new national organization getting ready to launch under the direction of Cara Reedy.
Journalist Association of the Middle East and North Africa (JA-MENA): JA-MENA is a Berkeley student group that is dedicated to establishing open dialogue and discussion where journalists, academics and students, regardless of identity, can discuss and debate issues pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa regions.
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ): According to its Constitution, the NABJ is “striving for credible journalism that comprehensively portrays the voices and experiences of African Americans and people from the black diaspora.” Berkeley is home to a student chapter of the NABJ.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ): Created in 1984 to provide "a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists," the NAHJ is "dedicated to the recognition of professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry".
South Asian Journalist Association (SAJA): SAJA serves as a network for education, inspiration and training for South-Asian journalists in America and those covering South Asia and South Asian diaspora. SAJA aims to upgrade the coverage of South Asia and uplift the standards of journalism.
Women in Media (WIM): WIM promotes a gender balance in the film and entertainment industries through networking, professional development, and advocacy for filmmakers who work above and below the line.
UC Berkeley J-School groups fostering a sense of belonging:
International Student Journalist Association: Organizes panels, workshops, events, as well as special projects and initiatives.
Journalists Alliance for Mental Health (JAMH): JAMH aims to be a support system for people to have open discussions about mental health, share available resources and foster a sense of community. We also organize events on how to report on trauma, how to take care of yourself when reporting on trauma and more.
J-Carebears (student parents): Organizes events, presentations, public events and passive programs.
UC Berkeley Photo Club (UCBPC): Organizes panels, workshops, events, public events as well as special projects and initiatives
Join us in supporting the diverse group of journalism students at the J-School. Gifts made to the Berkeley Journalism Student Experience Fund will directly support the programs and activities organized by our affinity chapters.
Your generosity plays an integral part of our efforts and we are grateful for your part in our collective success!