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Workshops on diversity, equity, inclusion in Granite State journalism starting Sept. 29

The Granite State News Collaborative (GSNC) is continuing to sharpen its focus on diversity in the Granite State by partnering with Organizational Ignition, LLC to engage in conversations that will foster a deeper understanding of the issues involved and the ways we can become a more perfect union.

To that end, GSNC is hosting four DEI Workshops for Newsroom Leaders beginning Sept. 29. James McKim, managing partner of Organizational Ignition and president of the Manchester, NH chapter of the NAACP, will lead each two-hour, virtual workshop.

These workshops are ideal for newsroom leadership including publishers, managing editors, editors and hiring managers among others. These workshops are free and open to members of The Granite State News Collaborative, NH Press Association and NENPA.

The workshop lineup is as follows:

  • Recognizing Discrimination–Sept. 29, virtual, 12-2 p.m.
  • How to have difficult conversations– Oct. 13, virtual, 12-2 p.m.
  • Performance through Diversity–Nov. 10, virtual, 12- 2 p.m.
  • DEI for managers–Dec. 8, virtual, 12-2 p.m.

Attendance at all of the workshops is not required, but is recommended. Registration is required as space is limited.

Questions: Contact, Granite State News Collaborative Director Melanie Plenda at

These workshops were made possible through grant funding to The Granite State News Collaborative from the Endowment for Health.


Partners in the Granite State News Collaborative include:

603 Diversity, The Berlin Sun, Business NH Magazine, The Business Journal of Greater Keene, Brattleboro and Peterborough, The Concord Monitor, The Conway Daily Sun, The Eagle Times, The Eagle-Tribune, The Keene Sentinel, The Laconia Daily Sun, Manchester Ink Link, The Marlin Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce University, The Nashua Telegraph, NH Bar News, NH Business Review, NH PBS, NH Public Radio, The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, Seacoast Media Group and The Valley News



The Granite State News Collaborative is a collective of nearly 20 local media, education and community partners working together to produce and share news stories on the issues that most impact our state. The hope is that together we can provide more information to more communities across New Hampshire than we could individually. We specialize in in-depth, investigative, solutions and accountability reporting on the issues that impact Granite Staters most.   


Organizational Ignition is a management consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations reach and sustain their ignition point through the integration and alignment of business processes, people, and technology. Our unique approach puts a special emphasis on strategic use of diverse human capital and transformational technology.

Melanie Plenda
Director, Granite State News Collaborative

Phone: (603) 762-3302
Facebook: @collaborativenh
Twitter: @NewsGranite
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