Thursday, April 23, 2009

Part of a Trend?

Today's article in the Washington Informer, Black Journalists Slashed from Newsrooms at Alarming Rate, isn't exactly news to those of us in the media who have recently found ourselves expendable. It does provide some noteworthy stats, however.

Here's a teaser:

"Newsroom jobs held by Black journalists were cut by an alarming 13.5 percent in 2008, making African-Americans the single most targeted group for job losses in newsrooms across the country according to a study released by ASNE, the American Society of News Editors.

"In all, nearly 400 Black journalists lost their jobs in 2008, representing the largest drop in all minority employment and scaling back progress toward diversity in newsrooms to 1998 census levels. Furthermore, 458 newspapers still have no minorities in their newsrooms and only 111 out of 633 newspapers surveyed have achieved parity with the minority population in their communities.

“Newsrooms without Black journalists are unacceptable ... The National Association of Black Journalists calls on industry leaders to re-commit to making diversity a priority - even in this difficult climate.”

Sunday, April 19, 2009

"Thanks but No Thanks ..."

Today I got a call from a Post Dispatch sales person wanting me to extend and expand my subscription (I get only the weekend papers now). I said I was not interested in subscribing any more because the paper's managers fired Sylvester Brown. I told him I thought the paper was totally wrong to do that and it was unforgivable. I feel sorry for the sales people. They have to make a living too, but I will not support a company that behaves in such a sleazy, back-handed way. I will start reading Sylvester's blog. From what I've heard, hard copies of newspapers are on the way out anyway. -- Susan Cunningham

All the News Not Fit to Print?

Blogger and attorney Erich Vieth posted some interesting questions on his "Dangerous Intersection" site today. Check out "Isn't it news when the daily newspaper fires one of its prominent columnists?"