The Tufts Daily’s Intentionality and Inclusivity Committee (I&I) is a space for students, journalists, leaders and thinkers who aim to hold the Daily accountable to fair and equitable representation of the Tufts community. Our mission is to maintain the same level of quality and scope of our content while ensuring that we are providing coverage that is equitable, accurate, and contextualized.
Independently-run from the managing board of the newspaper, this committee offers a unique space to discuss pertinent issues of our time related to current media content. Throughout the year we’ll be conducting trainings, surveys, and conferences related to ethics and inclusivity.
We want to foster exploratory discussions on social justice issues, oppressive socio-political structures, and problematic language in our publication and within our newsroom. Our publication is one of the largest and most-widely read platforms on campus—how can we use that privilege to amplify the stories and perspectives of historically marginalized communities.
The Committee is comprised of members from various sections of the Daily, allowing us to examine and evaluate the coverage and documentation of a wide range of issues and stories.
The I&I Committee holds meetings every Sunday at 2:45 pm. We welcome every member of the Tufts community to join us in our conversations about the internal biases of the Daily, and our discussions regarding case studies from a variety of publications. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you’re interested in getting involved or want to join our discussion!
Committee Members: Rebecca Barker, Odessa Gaines, Avery Hanna, Brendan Hartnett, Zoe Kava, Jack Maniaci, Phoebe Wong
Case Studies that the I&I Committee has examined:
Harvard Crimson Article; ICE Controversy
- The Crimson: “Harvard Affiliates Rally for Abolish ICE Movement”
- The New York Times: “Harvard Crimson Under Fire From Student Activists”
- The Tufts Daily: “The Daily stands with the Crimson in defending factual, ethical journalism” (Editorial)
- The Tufts Daily: “Letter from the Managing Board regarding Nov. 18 editorial”
The Tom Cotton Op-Ed published in the New York Times
- The New York Times: “Tom Cotton: Send In the Troops” (Opinion)
- The New York Times: “Why We Published the Tom Cotton Op-Ed” (Opinion)
- Politico: “NYT opinion editor resigns after outrage over Tom Cotton op-ed”
- Bari Weiss’s Resignation Letter from the New York Times
The Taliban Op-Ed published in the New York Times
- The New York Times: “What We, the Taliban, Want” (Opinion)
- The Washington Post: “New York Times hit for publishing op-ed by Taliban leader linked to ‘ruthless attacks’”
- CNN: “What the New York Times didn’t tell readers about its Taliban op-ed is shocking”
The Putin Op-Ed published in the New York Times
- The New York Times: What Putin Has to Say to Americans about Syria — “A Plea for Caution from Russia” (Opinion)
- The Washington Post: “Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed, annotated and fact-checked”
Interested in learning more about I&I? Do you have ideas, comments, or concerns? Fill out the I&I Committee’s Google Form.