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Race & Demographics

WUNC Updating Style Guide To Capitalize "Black"

Natalie Dudas-Thomas

Effective immediately, WUNC will begin capitalizing the word “Black” when referring to people’s ethnicity or culture.

WUNC joins other media outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Michigan Radio in making this change, which is recommended by the National Association of Black Journalists.

WUNC uses the Associated Press Style Guide for most usage questions.

We are deviating from AP Style in this case to recognize Black ethnicity and culture on an equal footing with that of other groups such as African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos. This is an overdue step to recognize the contributions and importance of Black Americans.

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