Multicultural Reporting Resources

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Learn more about multicultural considerations in reporting in this journalism lecture.

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Multicultural Reporting Resources

  1. 1. Multicultural Resources
  2. 2. Demographics • Media staffs are becoming more diverse in response to criticisms of “white male” bias • Many critics believe that there is an unintentional bias in the choice of words and angles used in the reporting of stories focusing on non-whites – Be careful of “white at the center” terminology
  3. 3. Hot Topics • Multiculturism media critics argue: – Non-whites underrepresented – Non-whites are disproportionably mentioned in negative context – Unfair comparisons are made between different ethnic groups – Over-reliance on select group of ethnic “spokespersons” to represent the entire ethnic group
  4. 4. Multicultural Coverage • Diverse reporting needs to be consistent – Beyond “token” coverage of events, such as “Black History Month,” etc. • Sources should be diverse – even on stories that are not “diversity-related” • Recognize that there is complex diversity within each respective culture
  5. 5. Online Resources • Asian American Journalists Assn. • National Assn. of Black Journalists • Maynard Institute • National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists • National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Assn. • Native American Journalists Assn.
  6. 6. Online Resources • There are resources to help you cover issues that involve disabilities • The Center for an Accessible Society • Disability Resources on the Internet • Disability Data
  7. 7. Writing the Story • Identify the ethnicity and/or disability only if it relevant to the story • Be careful not to use “code words” with presumed negative meanings – Examples: – “ghetto” – “underprivileged”
  8. 8. Terminology • Racial categorizations are often controversial and contested • Here are some current guidelines: – American Indian/Native American or Alaska Native – Asian or Pacific Islander/Asian American – Black/African American – Hispanic/Latino – White

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