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Image: Paradigm

Paradigm, the consulting firm run by Joelle Emerson, is launching Blueprint — a self-service tool that companies can use to see how their policies and practices stack up on facilitating diversity, equity and inclusion.

Why it matters: Despite much talk and significant financial investment, the tech industry has failed to become appreciably more diverse in recent years.

How it works: The self-service tool ranks companies on five categories, covering areas such as how leaders are held accountable for diversity goals, techniques used for hiring and recruiting, how companies measure and track employee experiences and how employees are represented across the company.

  • Companies get suggestions for the improvements that would most meaningfully improve their diversity efforts, along with recommended resources and best practices.
  • Blueprint costs $15,000 per year, regardless of company size.

Between the lines: Emerson, a diversity consultant and former civil rights lawyer, said the goal of Blueprint is not to offer up a public score but rather to show companies where they can most meaningfully invest.

  • Most of the companies in the beta testing scored poorly, she notes.
  • "Even the best organizations have a lot of work to do on these things," Emerson said.

Go deeper: Read Axios' recent Hard Truths series on systemic racism in tech

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Newsrooms reckon with their own story on race

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Data: RTDNA and ASNE; Note: ASNE stopped conducting surveys after 2018 due to low participation; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

After covering the news about America's racial justice movement in the summer of 2020, many newsrooms looked in the mirror and faced a reckoning of their own.

Why it matters: The people covering the news have a tremendous impact on the information Americans consume. Newsrooms can't build trust and news companies can't build a business if they don't understand the communities they cover.

Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken last Friday. Photo: B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Twitter.

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.