The New York Times Guild raised eyebrows on Friday for recommending "sensitivity reads" as part of the paper's publication process.
The group of unionized journalists revealed they have met with Times leadership earlier in the month, stressing that the paper needs "a top-to-bottom resetting of priorities to improve the working conditions of our colleagues of color."
The guild urged its employer to diversify its workforce to 24 percent Black employees and over 50 percent people of color by 2025 as an apparent reflection of the New York City population. They also called for a minimum of job applicants to be people of color and that staff of color should be added to the Standards team as well as investing in mentorship programs.
However, one particular request sparked some confusion on social media.
"Get it right from the beginning: sensitivity reads should happen at the beginning of the publication process, with compensation for those who do them," the Times Guild wrote.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., whose op-ed calling for the military to quell nationwide riots sparked a major backlash among Times employees, chided the guild's suggestion.
He added, "New @nytimes motto: All the news... (Read more)
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