warning KDMC resources are archived here. We are no longer updating this site.


The Diversity Style Guide: Important resource updated and expanded

by: Nancy Yoshihara |

The updated Diversity Style Guide is a must-have reference. 

It’s a free online resource from the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism (CIIJ) at San Francisco State University that updates the original compiled in the 1990s by the CIIJ’s News Watch Program.

“This is not a guide to being politically correct,” the Center explains. “Rather, it offers guidance, context and nuance for media professionals struggling to write about people who are different from themselves and communities different from their own. No one person can determine the correct usage of a word; this guide takes wisdom and advice from leaders in the field who have researched and considered the cultural, political and linguistic meanings of words.”

Edited by Rachele Kanigel, an associate professor of journalism at SF State, the guide includes 700 terms and phrases related to race/ethnicity; religion; sexual orientation; gender identity; age and generations; drugs and alcohol; and physical, mental and cognitive disabilities.

The Center said most of the terms were drawn, with permission, from the following organizations and their style or media reference guides:



Nancy Yoshihara

Nancy Yoshihara is content manager at KDMC and its website with a focus on News for Digital Innovators and Tools, Tips
Read More

Newspapers under siege as 65 percent of digital ads go to tech companies

By Nancy Yoshihara
6/14/2016 | 10:00 pm GMT

Newspaper revenues and circulation, print and digital combined, continued to decline in 2015 while both cable and network TV enjoyed...

The Diversity Style Guide: Important resource updated and expanded

By Nancy Yoshihara
6/5/2016 | 10:00 pm GMT

Anyone who dismisses or ignores this guide should not be working in journalism. The updated Diversity Style Guide is one...