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Georgetown student paper begins documenting ‘bias’ incidents
Georgetown University’s school newspaper is teaming up with a national non-profit to tell the personal stories of students who have experienced bias-related incidents.
According to a recent call for stories, The Hoya will be working with ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom, to document instances of hate crimes and “bias-related instances” at the university.
While The Hoya acknowledges that students already have multiple resources for reporting such instances, including the Georgetown University Police Department and the school’s bias-reporting form, it hopes that its new collaboration will bring such stories to the public.
“Through ProPublica’s Documenting Hate Project, victims and witnesses of hate crimes or bias incidents can speak to reporters at The Hoya about their experiences to the extent they feel comfortable doing so, which helps journalists better track incidents and identify bias at Georgetown,” the appeal explains.
The Hoya then provides a form for victims or witnesses of bias-incidents to complete, asking them to relate whether the incident was “something that happened to me” or “to someone I know,” and whether it was something that “I witnessed” or “saw online,” with “hate speech” being the first of several options for actions that “most closely describes” the incident.