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How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media

Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color

by Joshunda Sanders

 

The largely Caucasian makeup of media staff leads to poor coverage of minorities.

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August 2015

Praeger

Pages 186
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Race and Ethnicity/General
  Women's Studies/General

An evaluative examination that challenges the media to rise above the systematic racism and sexism that persists across all channels, despite efforts to integrate.

The Internet and social networks have opened up new avenues of communication for women and people of color, but the mainstream news is still not adequately including minority communities in the conversation. Part of the Racism in America series, How Racism and Sexism Killed the Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color reveals the lack of diversity that persists in the communication industry. Uncovering and analyzing the racial bias in the media and in many newsrooms, this book reveals the lesser-known side of the media—newsrooms and outlets that are often fraught with underlying racist and sexist tension.

Written by a veteran journalist of color, this title brings an insider's perspective combined with interviews from industry experts. The book analyzes the traditional media's efforts to integrate both women and people of color into legacy newsrooms, highlighting their defeats and minor successes. The author examines the future of women and people of color in the mainstream media.

Features

  • Gives a thorough background on the history of minority-produced media
  • Highlights ideas for improving hiring practices and coverage for minorities
  • Identifies the growing number of news consumers who are people of color
  • Provides a chronology of diversity efforts in legacy newsrooms
  • Includes material derived from interviews with experts like Dori J. Maynard with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and veteran journalists like Ellis Cose and Danyel Smith
Series Description

Racism in American Institutions


Despite the fact that America has elected its first black president, racism has historically been
a problem in our society and continues to be an issue today. The days of overt racist policies
such as the Jim Crow laws and school segregation may be over, but covert racism still affects
many of America’s established institutions, from our public schools to our corporate offices.

The Racism in American Institutions series examines the problem of racism in vested
American establishments. Each volume traces the prevalence of racism within that American
fixture throughout history and explores the challenges that exist today, looking at how the
institution has changed to fight against racism as well as how its current practices remain
rooted in prejudice.

Author Info

Joshunda Sanders is a speechwriter and veteran journalist. Her writing has appeared in Kirkus Reviews, Gawker, Publishers Weekly, and Salon, among many other print and online publications, as well as several anthologies, including Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists; Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time; and Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religion.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"Sander's energy and her coverage of a wide range of topics contribute to the literature and encourage future studies. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice

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