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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


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.


    • 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
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.



"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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