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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access at NEPM

Diverse stories and perspectives have the power to expand thinking and challenge assumptions, both of which are fundamental to NEPM's mission.

We show our commitment to anti-racism through our work. We see diverse viewpoints as assets, and we benefit from our team's range of skills, talents, gifts, thoughts and ideas.

Since 2020, we have:

  • Established an Equity Desk in our newsroom, covering socio-economic disparities in western Massachusetts
  • Expanded Spanish language content across our music, news and education programming
  • Increased the diversity of sources in our news and arts journalism
  • Remained committed to diverse programming year around, while creating and promoting special programming collections during national heritage months 
  • Served underrepresented communities through our education programs
  • Sought feedback from marginalized communities during our Listening Tour

NEPM embraces diverse backgrounds, views, and opinions to serve the residents of western Massachusetts which are essential to representing the authentic voices of our community. Our staff, board of directors, and community advisory board must reflect the diversity of the community we serve.

Our efforts to increase staff diversity include:

  • Establishing a paid internship program to make public media learning opportunities more accessible
  • Improving our hiring practices by ensuring that the language of our job postings is bias free; advertising all open positions with minority journalism organizations; expanding search committees to include more diverse evaluators; and standardizing our processes to ensure an equitable experience for all candidates
  • Offering anti-racism, unconscious bias, and other professional development opportunities for staff
  • Including the demographic composition of our staff in our public annual reports

We know that we have much work to do. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of truth in our reporting and programming. Let us know if you think our story selection, sourcing, or the faces seen and voices heard on NEPM are living up to our standards, email us at hello@nepm.org.