In grad school, I was craving discussions about how to be a responsible—and not just proficient—communicator. I've created a spreadsheet to share resources I've found.
If you're new to my blog, this is a great place to start. I'm starting this blog so I can share my journey as a white communications professional considering questions of equity, bias, power, and privilege while also wrestling with questions of how my thinking and work is shaped by living in a culture of white supremacy.
On May 30, 2020, the Minneapolis Police Department issued a press release stating a "suspect" died after experiencing "medical distress” during a “police interaction”. That person was George Floyd, and that press release should make all communicators consider how our organization-first thinking means we justify only telling our organization’s preferred narrative.
Nonprofit communicators touch all parts of an organization but, often, own no specific part. That means we care about some things that seem weird to others, but matter a lot to us.
People of color and individuals from traditionally marginalized populations have seen images of themselves or people like them misused over and over again. Communicators must rethink how we think of photography.
The power dynamics at play in nonprofit storytelling are complex. It is essential that communicators set aside our preconceived ideas of the “perfect story” so we can listen to and understand the story the individual wishes to share.