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Diversity and Inclusion are something industries should always strive for. Every industry. Society should be reflective in several workplaces, but isn’t. Without this feature in all workplaces, there lies no room for us to belong to a community and the media is no stranger to this problem.
We Are Black Journos, founded by Hannah Ajala in 2018, brings community to the forefront, providing a space where established and aspiring Black journalists can have healthy discussion, share insights and find belonging.
Ajala started her career on the Creative Access Diversity Scheme which at the time, held 150 employees in Wogan House, but only 5 were Black: 2 cleaners, 2 security guards, and Hannah. In the spirit of community, Ajala stood in the gap for people like her and two years after its founding, We Are Black Journos now welcomes diverse journalists with stories, talents and interests from across the globe.
Our events reflect the reality that staying connected to those in the industry makes for more enriched journalism and even happier journalists. Seeing change remains at the heart of what we do and we believe that this can only be achieved through the celebration and unification that we commit ourselves to each and every day.
We have a network of 100 Black journalists and growing. Our social media accounts, physical events, and virtual events include many of the Black journalists within our network. Our events are welcome to all backgrounds and ethnicities. We just don’t shy away from who we pride ourselves on supporting – Black journalists.