Unexamined prejudice is a bigger problem in newsrooms than outright racism. Only by looking inward to examine — and repair — our biases can we hope to achieve progress.

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Illustration by Jordan Parshall

I was nervous walking toward the front door. A few moments ago I had been sitting in my car, double checking my camera gear, making sure my shirt was tucked in, my collar was straight, and watching the clock tick away as I waited for it to hit the sweet spot between “not too early” and “just right.”

It was my first assignment on my first day at my first internship — after years of planning for this opportunity, the day was here. …

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