The Objective is a nonprofit newsroom holding journalism accountable for past and current systemic biases in reporting and newsroom practices. We are written by and for those underrepresented in journalism.
Major American newsrooms have called themselves objective for generations. But their coverage has always been defined by homogenous teams that fail to account for race, gender, class, disability, and sexuality. Despite holding up objectivity as journalism’s gold standard, major U.S. newsrooms have never consistently lived up to their promised ideals of fairness and impartiality.
The Objective believes in journalism’s ability to be both representative of communities around the U.S. and thoughtful of how coverage is written for (not just about) them.
Writ large, newsrooms have never reflected the diversity of the U.S., nor have they been welcoming to journalists of color.
Editors at The New York Times initially refused to print the word “gay” in the paper and intentionally ignored covering the AIDS crisis. The Washington Post hired its first Black journalist in 1952 (he left after two years). And the Los Angeles Times’s Editor-in-Chief, in 2020, admitted that the paper “fomented the hysteria that led to Japanese American incarceration, the Zoot Suit Riots, redlining and racial covenants.”
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Editor & Co-founder
Based in California, his work has been published in The Associated Press, Texas Tribune, and LA Magazine.
Business Administrator & Co-Founder
She has written for RJI, the American Press Institute, and Nieman Lab.
The Central Valley is something that can be so personal to them — by day they help cover it at CapRadio.
He is a religion and culture reporter based in Sacramento, CA.
She graduated from Southern Illinois University and is the Pulitzer Center’s outreach coordinator.
In order to offer feedback and advice on our direction, The Objective maintains an advisory board of journalists and advocates in order to better pursue our mission. As of now, this includes:
Karen K. Ho is the business of sustainability reporter at Business Insider. Prior to this, she was the global finance and economics reporter at Quartz. Her work has appeared in CJR, TIME, GQ, NBC News, Toronto Life, and many others.
Hanaa’ Tameez is a staff writer for Nieman Lab where she covers journalism innovation. She was previously the diversity reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram covering marginalized communities in Tarrant County, Texas. Her work has appeared in The Juggernaut, The Wall Street Journal, Americas Quarterly, and others.
Tanvi Misra is a writer and multimedia journalist based in Washington DC. Her work has appeared in CQ Roll Call, The Atlantic, Bloomberg CityLab, The Fuller Project, NPR, and the BBC. She covers issues relating to migration, justice, and urbanism.
Adriana Lacy is a senior associate for audience and growth at Axios and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California. She’s also the founder of journalism mentors, a website dedicated to fostering the next generation of journalists through mentoring and paid internship listings.
Stacy Fernández helps newsrooms launch and grow sustainable membership programs as a project manager at The News Revenue Hub. Prior to the Hub, Stacy did equity-driven reporting on the breaking news and education beat at The Texas Tribune.
Anjali Khosla is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Design at The New School. Prior to joining the J+D faculty full-time in 2018, Anjali was the editor of Fast Company Digital. Before that, she worked for the New York Daily News.
Anita Varma leads the Solidarity Journalism Initiative at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (Santa Clara University) and leads Programs for SPJ NorCal as a board member. Her research, teaching, and public engagement focus on the social justice implications of how journalists represent marginalized communities.
Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright is a writer, activist, and social impact consultant. She is the creator of Ballot Breakers, a blog series interviewing young progressive candidates and electeds reshaping our government. Lacy previously served as the Associate Director of BLD PWR, an initiative founded by actor and activist Kendrick Sampson to mobilize the entertainment industry in support of grassroots organizations.
Cordelia Yu is a content strategy and civic technologist at the intersection of digital service design, institutional change, and decolonization. For the last few years, she has been at 18F, where she leads the content strategy team and helps improve how the government serves the public. Previously, she worked supporting communities of journalists at OpenNews, as well as in environmental justice and science policy. She has a penchant for community-driven crowdsourced writing projects.
Mohamed Al Elew is a data reporter for Reveal from The Center of Investigative Reporting. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of California San Diego, where he was a research scholar at the Data Science Institute and served as editor-in-chief of The Triton, the school’s independent student newsroom.
Editorial Independence Policy
While we accept donations and support from individuals and organizations, our editorial direction is defined internally. As such, there is a firewall between money accepted by The Objective and the specific stories and articles we publish.
The Objective may accept financial support for reporting on specific topics or coverage areas, but we determine what the coverage looks like and retain full rights to and editorial control of stories.
Quotes or paragraphs may be shared with sources for accuracy, but we never share full stories with anyone outside of our organization prior to publication.
Acknowledgment: The Objective created this policy in accordance with standards developed by the Institute for Nonprofit News, with additional guidance from the editorial independence policies and guidelines of The Trace.