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We’ve all seen the stats around representation (or more accurately, the lack of) in newsrooms. It’s slow progress towards true inclusion at best. So it’s fascinating to hear from the co-director of The Objective, a nonprofit newsroom examining the power structure and inequity in journalism, about the fizzling out of the racial reckoning that should have been sparked by the murder of George Floyd.
Gabe Schneider says: “I think a lot of my time is spent scraping by. It feels like the further we get away from the summer of 2020, the harder it is to raise money to do that. And to be taken seriously in the idea that criticism from Black journalists about their experiences is important.” He also points out that change cannot come solely from Black journalists, but needs to be a cause taken up by everyone.
There’s plenty more in this piece from Word In Black on what lies behind the slowness of progress, at least from the perspective of US journalism. But it’s important to point out that this isn’t an issue relegated solely to the States – the UK is also failing in this respect.
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