7 conversations on journalism best practices for Transgender Awareness Week

For Transgender Awareness Week, get caught up on the best practices for covering trans communities and the issues that face them. Featuring advice from the Association of Health Care Journalists, Poynter, Columbia Journalism Review, and more.

  1. Tips for navigating uncertain gender identity during breaking news from the Trans Journalists Association
  2. Covering trans issues well just means doing journalism well from Source
  3. Getting it right: Reporting on laws that prohibit gender-affirming care for minors from Association of Health Care Journalists
  4. Reporting on Anti-Trans Legislation: In Service to Whom? from the Solidarity Journalism Initiative
  5. The complexities and nuances of transgender coverage from Columbia Journalism Review
  6. Trans and gender-fluid kids are under attack. How can we tell their stories without furthering harm? from Poynter
  7. How journalists can improve their coverage of the trans community from NBCU Academy

Member spotlight

A photo of a smiling student who holds a newspaper in front of themself.
Photo by Joshua Foo / courtesy of Marcus Pennell

The Student Press Law Center has recognized TJA student member Marcus Pennell with a Courage in Student Journalism Award for his year-long effort to protect student press freedom and the ability to cover LGBTQ stories. That included bringing a lawsuit against the school district when their administration shut down the student paper after it ran Pride-related stories.

What Marcus has to say about his work fighting censorship

Fighting for visibility in my small town has been such a rewarding journey, that hopefully inspires other queer journalists and students. I'm so thankful to the SPLC, and the many other people who have supported me throughout this process, including TJA and its many members.

Read more about their work from the Student Press Law Center.

Plus: investigative journalism and Indigenous communities

TJA member and High Country News staff writer B. "Toastie" Oaster writes on engaging and elevating Indigenous voices for The Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal.

Sometimes we report to change the world. But Indigenous affairs reporting can change you, too. For the better. If you take the time to do it well.

Download the PDF to read the whole issue.

Stylebook & coverage guide updates

We have made some minor updates to our style guide, including adding:

Join TJA in D.C. this week

The Trans Journalists Association is co-hosting a mixer with the Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA), the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), and the Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists (NLGJA).

⏰ Thursday November 16, 6 p.m. ET
📍 Wild Days at the Eaton Hotel, 1201 K St. NW Washington DC 20005

Register on EventBrite.

Save the date

A blue banner reads, How to Cover Trans Issues With Accuracy and Nuance: a conversation between Masha Gessen and Gina Chua. There are two headshot photographs.

Join the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism professor Masha Gessen and Semafor executive editor and TJA board member Gina Chua about how to responsibly cover trans issues and experiences, how to create supportive work environments for trans journalists, and how to care for yourself and acknowledge your personhood while doing the work.  

 Tuesday November 28, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET
📍 Room 308, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY219 W 40th St. New York 10018
For virtual attendees: a Zoom link will be provided after you RSVP.
🍕 Pizza will be served!

Register to attend online or in-person.

The visibility dilemma: examining the double-edged sword of visibility with trans and nonbinary journalists and thought leaders. A pink-and-blue poster with six headshots.

A conversation hosted by the NLGJA LA and Philadelphia chapters and Rotten Tomatoes!

⏰ Friday November 17, 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
📍 Online only

Register on EventBrite.

Journalism opportunities

Blue text logo that reads NAHJ Adelante Academy 2024 Latina Leadership Program

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is looking for Latina leaders stepping into senior executive leadership roles or poised to do so, eager to solidify their positions and advance their leadership skills. This transformative program is tuition-free, with financial assistance available, designed to bolster your executive career trajectory. All women are invited to apply, irrespective of birth identity or transition.

Learn more.

What we're reading

New Texas DEI law closes campus LGBTQ+ centers. Here’s the student impact from KXAN Austin
Forced Out: After Friends Flee Anti-Trans Laws in Missouri, Jamie Plans New Life in Seattle
After Missouri passed a slew of anti-trans laws, Jamie knew she had to flee.
How many anti-trans hate crimes are happening in Cleveland? No one has any idea.
As incidents of anti-transgender violence spike across the state, Ohio law enforcement agencies struggle to accurately track and document reports of anti-trans hate crimes.
PrEP, a Key HIV Prevention Tool, Isn’t Reaching Black Women - KFF Health News
New HIV infections occur disproportionately among Black women, but exclusionary marketing, fewer treatment options, and provider wariness have limited uptake of preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, drugs, which reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
Erotic tattoos offer queer clients a way to mix pleasure and purpose
For queer tattoo artists and customers alike, erotic designs can be a powerful way to affirm identities and show strength amid an increasingly hostile political climate
Texas school officials put trans student at center of real-life drama over ‘Oklahoma!’ production
After Max Hightower scored a role in the seminal American musical, administrators changed their policy on performers’ gender. On Friday, they rescinded that rule, but also announced a truncated production of the show.

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