Nationwide Protests Highlight the Need for Greater Diversity in Media

Over the past two days, publishers across the media industry have responded to protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by issuing statements of solidarity with demonstrators calling for equality before the law and an end to racial injustice. Here's another response they ought to consider: a firmer commitment to diversity and representation in their own ranks. In many communities, protests this week have remained civil. But in others, demonstrations were met with violent force by police, or hijacked by others more interested in rioting and vandalism than peaceful expression. All of this played out as news outlets scrambled to cover the chaos unfolding before them faithfully and accurately, while in many cases reporters themselves endured pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets or other projectiles. Observers, including the President, have been quick to assign blame. Spin is everywhere. How is the public to make sense of it all? Inevitably, much of the TV news coverage has emphasized destruction—images and footage of businesses engulfed in flames, smashed storefronts and burning vehicles—rather than the reasons people had taken to the streets to begin with. As they always have, magazines and other outlets that prioritize long-form journalism provide the necessary real estate for more nuanced discussions that can reset popular narratives when they begin to stray too far from the truth, but they can only do so effectively if their staffs and leadership accurately... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

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