NABJ Joins Call for Pulitzers to Require News Orgs to Make Diversity Reporting Award Criteria

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) joined the NewsGuild-CWA and a coalition of more than 140 other U.S. journalism groups in calling for the Pulitzer Prizes to require transparency in diversity reporting in order for news organizations to be eligible to receive awards.

The call for change stems from an April 12 report from Harvard’s Nieman Lab that revealed only 303 print and online news organizations out of 2,500 participated in the News Leaders Association (NLA) annual diversity survey.

“This is unacceptable and egregious,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. In 2019, we gave member newspapers of NLA (then-ASNE) our annual Thumbs Down Award for engaging in practices at odds with the diversity goals of NABJ because many of them did not complete the survey then. It is disheartening to see that nearly four years later there are still nonrespondent organizations that are not prioritizing diversity. NABJ is committed to working with our fellow organizations to hold them accountable.

In an April 22 letter, the coalition made the request to the Pulitzer Prizes to change the eligibility criteria in order to help amplify the importance of making diversity a cornerstone in America’s newsrooms and to showcase that our industry cannot accept any disregard for diversity.

The letter reads (in summary):

“We are asking your organization to promote this survey and reporting of demographic data by adding the following criteria to your selection process for Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism.

In order to qualify for an awardorganizations must provide proof of participation in the most recent general survey/census by the News Leaders Association or another industry reporting system that shares data publicly, effective 2024 (i.e., they must participate in this year’s data collection to be eligible for awards/funding in 2024).

By implementing this new criteria, the Pulitzers would honor not only great journalism, but journalism from newsrooms willing to be accountable to the public.

NLA supports this addition to the Pulitzer’s criteria for entry, and is committed to prioritizing this survey and working with newsrooms to increase participation.

Journalists have an ethical duty to be accountable and transparent. We must be accountable to our readers and our workers by making sure our newsrooms reflect the demographics of our readers. And we must be transparent with that data to improve the diversity of our newsrooms so they can operate at their full potential.

In addition to NABJ, the coalition of journalism groups includes:

100 Days in Appalachia

Africa Institute for International ReportIng (AIIR), Minnesota

AIR (Association of Independents in Radio)

American Press Institute

Anchor media 

The Appeal

The Arab & Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA)

Arizona Luminaria 

Arizona Press Club

Asian American Journalists Association

Asian American Journalists Association, Philadelphia chapter

Bay City News Foundation

The Beacon (The Kansas City Beacon and The Wichita Beacon)

Black Video News

Bridge Michigan


California Health Report


Capital B

Center for Cooperative Media

Center for Ethical Leadership in Media

The Center for Independent Journalists

The Center for Investigative Reporting 

Center for Public Integrity

Central Current

Cityside Journalism Initiative        

The Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ)

Colorado Community Media

Colorado Media Project

The Columbia Journalism Review

Community Info Coop

Connecticut Health I-Team 

The Conversation U.S.

The Current Media 

Dallas Free Press

Democracy Fund


EDM Publications

The #FightToWrite Initiative

FMB Radio

Four Points Media

Free Press


GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Georgia News Lab

Get Current Studio


Health Stuff TO Know

High Country News

The Ida B. Wells Society 


Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance

Institute for Nonprofit News

International Women’s Media Foundation

Investigate Midwest

Investigative Newsource dba inewsource

The Kansas City Defender

Lede New Orleans

LION Publishers

Los Angeles Times Guild

Madison Minutes

Making Contact (aka International Media Project)

The Marshall Project

Media 2070

Media Alliance

Media and Democracy Project

Media Bridge Partners

Media Guild of the West, The NewsGuild-CWA Local 39213

Media Innovation Collaboratory/TrollBusters 

The Mendocino Voice

Military Veterans in Journalism

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Milwaukee Newspaper Guild

MindSite News

Mojatu Foundation (Mojatu Magazine)

The Morning Call Guild

National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)

Native News Online

New York Public Radio

News Catalyst

News Media Guild

News Product Alliance

News Revenue Hub

The NewsGuild of New York

The NewsGuild-CWA

NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists

North Carolina Local News Workshop

The Objective

OnlySky Media, Inc.



Our Body Politic

Outlier Media 

Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists


Prison Journalism Project


Public News Service



Racial Equity in Journalism Fund

Racine County Eye

The Record Community News

Reality Team

Renaissance Journalism

Reporte Hispano

Resolve Philly

The Roanoke Rambler

Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education


Sahan Journal

San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists


Society of Professional Journalists

Society of Professional Journalists, Oregon Pro Chapter

Solidarity Journalism Initiative 

South Asian Journalists Association

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC + LAist + LAist Studios)

Spotlight PA

The Texas Tribune

The Trace

Trans Journalists Association

Tucson Sentinel

United Media Guild – CWA 36047

The UpTake

URL Media

Verified News Network (VNN)

Vision25: Building Racial Equity in Newsrooms

Vox Media 

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

West View Media

Whong Community Media

Writers Guild of America, East

WURD Radio

YR Media

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