Uncovering Race

Uncovering Race

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From an award-winning black journalist, a tough-minded look at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the reporting that comes out of them, within the changing media landscape. From the Rodney King riots to the racial inequities of the new digital media, Amy Alexander has chronicled the biggest race and class stories of the modern era in American journalism. Beginning in the bare-knuckled newsrooms of 1980s San Francisco, her career spans a period of industry-wide economic collapse and tremendous national demographic changes. Despite reporting in some of the countrya€™s most diverse cities, including San Francisco, Boston, and Miami, Alexander consistently encountered a stubbornly white, male press corps and a surprising lack of news concerning the ethnic communities in these multicultural metropolises. Driven to shed light on the race and class struggles taking place in the United States, Alexander embarked on a rollercoaster career marked by cultural conflicts within newsrooms. Along the way, her identity as a black woman journalist changed dramatically, an evolution that coincided with sweeping changes in the media industry and the advent of the Internet. Armed with census data and news-industry demographic research, Alexander explains how the so-called New Media is reenacting Old Mediaa€™s biases. She argues that the idea of newsroom diversitya€”at best an afterthought in good economic timesa€”has all but fallen off the table as the industry fights for its economic life, a dynamic that will ultimately speed the demise of venerable news outlets. Moreover, for the shrinking number of journalists of color who currently work at big news organizations, the lingering ethos of having to be a€œtwice as gooda€ as their white counterparts continues; it is a reality that threatens to stifle another generation of practitioners from a€œnon-traditionala€ backgrounds. In this hard-hitting account, Alexander evaluates her own career in the context of the continually evolving story of Americaa€™s growing ethnic populations and the homogenous newsrooms producing our nationa€™s too often monochromatic coverage. This veteran journalist examines the major news stories that were entrenched in the great race debate of the past three decades, stories like those of EliAin GonzAilez, Janet Cooke, Jayson Blair, Tavis Smiley, the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, and the election of Barack Obama. Uncovering Race offers sharp analysis of how race, gender, and class come to bear on newsrooms, and takes aim at mainstream mediaa€™s failure to successfully cover a browner, younger nationa€”a failure that Alexander argues is speeding news organizationsa€™ demise faster than the Internet. From the Hardcover edition.During the onset of Hurricane Katrina and its immediate aftermath, I was preoccupied with my e-mail in-box. On Sunday, August 28, 2005, the Washington Posta#39;s Outlook section published an essay Ia#39;d written on the death of John H. Johnson, anbsp;...

Title:Uncovering Race
Author: Amy Alexander
Publisher:Beacon Press - 2011-10-11

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