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Bridging the Border between Communities of Color and Mainstream Newspapers: Journalists Discuss Diversity Programs
Unformatted Document Text:  Bridging the Border between Communities of Color and Mainstream Newspapers 17 was the newspaper’s duty to be reflective of how people live; to show what is the same about diverse peoples but also what is different. “It’s important to write about a universal issue and use a Black person. But some people in the community still have problems with seeing Blacks illustrate a universal point.” Other minority reporters said that connecting with the community meant that reporters and editors needed to question why certain stories were not getting covered, particularly stories that affected minority communities. Margaret, an African American and a team leader at Knight Ridder, reiterated this sentiment that stories needed to be told from a community’s perspective. Margaret felt it was critical that reporters get away from traditional, formal sources when reporting on communities. “They need to tell the story of the neighborhoods from the perspective of the neighborhood. Sometimes reporters only deal with traditional sources in the neighborhoods; (they) need to talk to others to give the story more credibility.” Along with other minority reporters and editors, Margaret felt there was a valid complaint about the balance of how minorities were portrayed in stories. “If you had 10 stories about Black men and they were all about them in prison and then you had one good story about Black men but it was on the inside of the E section, then the pattern of coverage was unfair and the complaint was valid.” To Margaret, this was “benign neglect,” not intentional, but nonetheless unfair. Changing the Newsroom: Hiring, Promotion, and Training Another critical factor in implementing diversity was the cultivation of a diverse staff through hiring and promotion practices. Several of the reporters, both minority and non-minority, said that there was sometimes resentment on the part of white reporters that all of the hires at the newspapers were minority hires. Other editors felt that one explanation for why minorities were not moving up at their newspaper was because they left to go to bigger newspapers before a promotion opportunity could come up. But several minority reporters and editors expressed frustration with what they believed were the same old lines they had always heard about why minorities were not being hired or why they were not promoted. James (Black editor) at the Tribune paper acknowledged

Authors: Johnston, Anne. and Flamiano, Dolores.
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Bridging the Border between Communities of Color and Mainstream Newspapers
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was the newspaper’s duty to be reflective of how people live; to show what is the same
about diverse peoples but also what is different. “It’s important to write about a universal
issue and use a Black person. But some people in the community still have problems with
seeing Blacks illustrate a universal point.” Other minority reporters said that connecting
with the community meant that reporters and editors needed to question why certain
stories were not getting covered, particularly stories that affected minority communities.
Margaret, an African American and a team leader at Knight Ridder, reiterated this
sentiment that stories needed to be told from a community’s perspective. Margaret felt it
was critical that reporters get away from traditional, formal sources when reporting on
communities. “They need to tell the story of the neighborhoods from the perspective of
the neighborhood. Sometimes reporters only deal with traditional sources in the
neighborhoods; (they) need to talk to others to give the story more credibility.” Along
with other minority reporters and editors, Margaret felt there was a valid complaint about
the balance of how minorities were portrayed in stories. “If you had 10 stories about
Black men and they were all about them in prison and then you had one good story about
Black men but it was on the inside of the E section, then the pattern of coverage was
unfair and the complaint was valid.” To Margaret, this was “benign neglect,” not
intentional, but nonetheless unfair.
Changing the Newsroom: Hiring, Promotion, and Training
Another critical factor in implementing diversity was the cultivation of a diverse
staff through hiring and promotion practices. Several of the reporters, both minority and
non-minority, said that there was sometimes resentment on the part of white reporters that
all of the hires at the newspapers were minority hires. Other editors felt that one
explanation for why minorities were not moving up at their newspaper was because they
left to go to bigger newspapers before a promotion opportunity could come up. But
several minority reporters and editors expressed frustration with what they believed were
the same old lines they had always heard about why minorities were not being hired or
why they were not promoted. James (Black editor) at the Tribune paper acknowledged


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