By Calvin L. Hall

During this e-book Calvin L. corridor examines pick out autobiographies written by way of African American journalists_Jill Nelson's Volunteer Slavery, Nathan McCall's Makes Me Wanna Holler, Jake Lamar's Bourgeois Blues, and Patricia Raybon's My First White Friend_in order to discover the connection among race, classification, gender, and journalism perform.

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Instead of criticizing the addition of men and women of color to newsrooms, which seems to be the subtext of their argument, they should consider 6 Chapter 1 the idea that reporters from diverse backgrounds might possibly allow consumers of journalism products—whether in print, broadcast, or online forms—to be exposed to different parts of the journalistic truth. More than that, they should also consider that even having the same journalism reported by someone of a different race or gender from an ethnic group is significant because it forces everyone to have to come to grips with the fact that competence and ability are not solely the providence of white men and women, which is ultimately the reason behind having diverse newsrooms.

It is said that the first step in fixing a problem is admitting the problem exists. In this acknowledgment of a particular standpoint in the reporting of the news, the Kerner Commission performed an intervention for a media so addicted to its own standpoint that it failed to report reality accurately. It was now time for the press to rehabilitate itself. Hiring more African Americans in the newsrooms of “the white press,” as recommended by the report, should, it would seem, have solved the problem of the improving coverage of African American life.

24 Form, Function, and the Public Sphere in Jill Nelson’s Volunteer Slavery 21 But she tempers her response. “I choose my words carefully,” she writes. ”26 She declines to state her true feelings about the cover for fear of alienating herself from her new coworkers. She subordinates the needs of the black public sphere—to be understood as more than what the magazine cover signifies—to those of the dominant public sphere in which she works. Nelson realizes the penalty she will face in the black community.

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