Diverse candidate pools and resulting appointments ensure diverse leaders for the future. Effective recruitment strategies will attract and engage a wide range of different communities and groups, supported by key initiatives such as anonymous CVs and standardised interview formats. A number of media organisations are proactively seeking to eliminate any potential bias from their recruitment processes.
The BBC Extend in News Programme improves disability representation and stories across BBC News & Current Affairs teams. To date the programme has recruited and developed 32 talented disabled journalists and production staff across the UK, while separately offering 15 development attachments for existing BBC staff and running leadership coaching. The journalists and production staff are fully integrated into BBC News teams, given full support, reasonable adjustments, mentoring and development training. In 2020, all Extend in News staff were offered BBC continuing permanent contracts, cementing the firm commitment towards disability representation in BBC News.Read the full Policy in Action page for more information
DMG Media’s recruitment team has reviewed its entire process to eliminate unconscious bias in hiring.Read the full Policy in Action page for more information
The Economist has substantially intensified its efforts to attract candidates from a wider range of backgrounds. It has broadened the range of channels through which positions are advertised. It works closely with specialist organisations to reach applicants from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Its selection process is designed to remove any unnecessary barriers to talented people. It requires diversity in both gender and race/ethnicity in all shortlists.Read the full Policy in Action page for more information
ESI is developing a framework and contacts to enable it to attract a more diverse range of candidates. In recent years, the Evening Standard and the Independent have become leaders in editorial diversity apprenticeships. Their mission is to widen recruitment in journalism and encourage diversity in the industry. ESI is partnered with Creative Access to work to deliver a wider pool of people to recruit from diverse backgrounds and is looking to strengthen recruitment. The DEI work will be further supported through changes across all that the group does, from job descriptions to induction to reward to learning and development.Read the full Policy in Action page for more information
Financial Times Group
The FT partners with external organisations and networks to promote opportunities, share insights, and provide support and guidance to those from traditionally underrepresented groups.
It encourages hiring best practice through regular training available to all staff, aiming to promote an inclusive, fair, and consistent recruitment process, reducing bias, to provide opportunities for everyone.
The FT uses data to gather meaningful insights in order to make intelligent hiring decisions at every stage of the recruitment process.Read the full Policy in Action page for more information
News UK has also established over a dozen partnerships with diversity recruitment specialists to ensure it is looking further than ever for every role.Read the full Policy in Action page for more information
Telegraph Media Group
TMG partners with a range of recruitment organisations that support talent attraction by proactively promoting opportunities at TMG. TMG runs inclusive hiring practices across all recruitment and ensures that inclusive language appears on all job descriptions. TMG monitors its recruitment data to ensure diverse shortlists for roles at all levels across the business.Read the full Policy in Action page for more information