Whither goes diversity in the age of layoffs?
Even in this season of conventions featuring journalists of color, the question seems overshadowed by the rising ranks of the unemployed. People who have spent decades advocating for justice, fairness and accuracy in U.S. newsrooms are preoccupied with cutting staffs, rethinking coverage, or knitting their own parachutes.
And in the enterprising universe of dotcoms dotting the landscape of journalism’s uncertain future, the spirit of diversity is taking a beating. So we’re left to ponder a different question with new urgency: What does diversity look like going forward?
Given what’s happened to mainstream journalism, I know this much: the answer has to be different than it used to be. In more optimistic days, we’d focus our attention on traditional newsrooms and push for greater hiring and broader coverage. Read more