In a move to make the annual RTDNA/UNITY Award for diversity coverage more inclusive, the Board of Directors has approved changes to the award description to now include coverage of stories involving sexual orientation and gender identity.
After a unanimous vote, the entry language will now read (additions are bolded:)
RTDNA honors outstanding achievements in the coverage of diversity with the RTDNA/UNITY Award. The award is part of the covenant the Association has adopted to achieve diversity in the newsroom through developing news content and editorial staffs that reflect the changing face of communities. The purpose of the award is to encourage and showcase journalistic excellence in covering issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. It is presented annually to news organizations that show an ongoing commitment to covering the diversities of the communities they serve.
“RTDNA is proud to continue to be associated with the UNITY Award and honor broadcast and digital journalism that gives a voice to those who are sometimes voiceless,” said Chris Carl, RTDNA Chairman.
The new language will appear in the 2014 Call For Entries for the annual Murrow and RTDNA/UNITY Awards competitions, which will open in December.