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Wednesday, 24 Mar 2004

News and Diversity

Leonard Witt of pjnet.org just posted an interview about news and diversity with Dori Maynard of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Here are a few good quotes from her interview:

"In the 1960s when newspapers first began hiring journalists of color it was because they could not get to one of the biggest stories facing the country, the Black Power Movement, without black reporters. Today, we have so many other options for getting our news that if an organization does not accurately reflect my world I can go elsewhere.”

“...ethnic media is growing. Traditional media is shrinking. Are we about to see traditional media become just another niche for a shrinking audience? If so, we cannot continue to refer to it as mainstream.”

“What inspires me is that there are more and more media outlets both in print and on the web. So I believe that there are enough committed journalists who understand not just the value, but the necessity of diverse viewpoints, that we will have a vibrant media that is reflective of all of our realities."

Posted on Mar 24, 2004 | 10:44 am EST
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