Resources

Stylebook on LGBT Terminology
“Gay marriage” or “marriage rights for same-sex couples?” Is there anything wrong with referring to an “alternative lifestyle?” Is using the word “queer” ever acceptable? NLGJA’s Stylebook Supplement on LGBT Terminology answers these questions and complements other stylebook resources.

Tip Sheets on LGBT Coverage
NLGJA offers topical tip sheets by reporters for reporters covering current issues relating to the LGBT Community. Current tip sheets include:

Rapid Response Task Force (RRTF)
NLGJA members and staff work daily with our colleagues in the news industry to fulfill the organization’s mission of fair and accurate coverage. Sometimes, though, a more targeted response is required to promote greater understanding about how to fairly and accurately cover the LGBT community. NLGJA’s answer to this is the Rapid Response Task Force. This panel of working journalists from mainstream and LGBT media answers complaints about reporting seen as unfair and/or inaccurate by readers, viewers, listeners and our peer journalists. Since its inception, the Rapid Response Task Force has not only informed countless newsrooms about appropriate terminology and the appearance of bias, but has also used these contacts to spread awareness about issues facing the LGBT community.

NLGJA Job Board
A regularly updated list of opportunities across the country and in all areas of journalism including broadcast, freelance, online media, production and print.

National Convention
The largest program of the year, since 1992, NLGJA has convened an annual meeting of journalists and communications professionals concerned with fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. With networking opportunities, training sessions, career fairs, and much, much more – find out where we’ve been and where we’ll be next by clicking here.

Newsroom Outreach Project
The Newsroom Outreach Project is a member-based professional development program that works to further NLGJA’s mission through meetings with broadcast, print and online newsrooms across the country. It’s a moderated discussion, designed to help journalists better understand issues that affect LGBT individuals and their community.

Student Program
NLGJA puts emphasis on the education and development of tomorrow’s journalists and communications professionals. Not only does NLGJA internship programs in California and DC, but also scholarship opportunities, as well as an opportunity at the student project each year with NLGJA’s Summit & Convention. Here’s a list of NLGJA’s student membership opportunities:

OutNewsWire and TravelOutNewsWire
OutNewsWire, in conjunction with Witeck Communications, is a news distribution service dedicated to the LGBT community. Distributed to a growing network of LGBT and mainstream media contacts at regional and national publications and websites, we aspire to make this the most trusted and efficient press release distribution service serving LGBT audiences. TravelOutNewsWire, created in partnership with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and Witeck Communications, is designed to efficiently help serve journalists, bloggers, travel writers and industry news outlets that frequently report on industry trends, events and travel developments, as well as news of special interest to travel consumers and businesses.

LGBT Media Journalists Convening
Sponsored by the Haas Jr. Fund, this project brings together more than 70 journalists from the LGBT blogosphere and print media. The yearly convening enables participants to share their ideas and professional experiences, and identify how to better cover the LGBT community and issues both fairly and accurately.

Excellence in Journalism Awards
NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBT community. In addition to Journalist of the Year and the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media (named for the late Newsweek journalist and founding editor of Out Magazine), awards are presented for excellence in news writing, feature writing, opinion writing, network television, radio, online, multimedia, photojournalism, HIV/AIDS reporting, and student journalism.

NLGJA Hall of Fame Awards
Established in 2005, NLGJA’s LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame honors individuals who made exemplary contributions through their careers to NLGJA’s mission of promoting fair and accurate coverage of the issues affecting the LGBT community.

Journalist’s Toolbox
With stories about the LGBT community making news in beats from health to education and everywhere in between, NLGJA’s Journalist’s Toolbox is designed to provide information and strategies to journalists who find themselves seeking creative, unique and accurate means of covering the LGBT community.