Media Veteran Talks Newsroom Diversity
(Rolling Out) — It was the clip seen around the world: news pundit and media executive Goldie Taylor sharing the story of her great, great grandfather’s confrontation with racism and ‘showing his papers.’ Between the Jim Crow-era and modern-day immigration reform tactics, this chilling tale resonated with much of the country, including President Barack Obama who had just presented his birth certificate as proof of citizenship. rolling outspoke with Taylor about media – where it is and where it’s headed.
How has the downsizing of American newsrooms affected diversity in mass media? Cultural, racial and ethnic diversity has historically been challenging in newsrooms across the country. The best training and the best opportunities were simply out of reach for most people of color. Despite the marked strides, innovations and changing business models have impacted all journalists—but none like African Americans. Whether in print or broadcast, the number of Black journalist—not just in management, but among rank and file staffers—continues to shrink at a disproportionate rate when compared to their colleagues. Some of those who lost opportunities may never work in a newsroom again. That’s tough news for an industry whose very job it is to deliver compelling, culturally relevant content.