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Yellow Bird: Unity needed in journalism too
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2003

"Journalists of color believe words matter and being racially conscious matters. This is not to say every reporter should cover race-related stories the same way. We need to be aware that as we shape public discourse, the media has an affect on society's perceptions of race. The media sometime determines how racial experiences cause people of color to view society from a different frame of reference. And we need to be aware of the impact of media-reinforced negative stereotypes throughout history.

Recent studies show 40 percent of mainstream newspapers have no nonwhites on staff. Nonwhites make-up a total of 11.5 percent of newspaper staffs and 20 percent of the television news industry. In most newsrooms, people of color make up a smaller percentage than they do in the nation's population at large, where they total 26 percent."

Get the Story:
DORREEN YELLOW BIRD COLUMN: 'Unity' serves all journalists of color (The Grand Forks Herald 2/18)

Relevant Links:
Unity, Journalists of Color - http://www.unityjournalists.org

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