By The Aspen Institute

2015

"The past decade has seen unparalleled changes in the media landscape. In the fight to stay relevant, competitive and essential, one thing is clear: as our country’s demographics change, so too must journalism. When it comes to reporting on race, it really does matter who is in the newsroom. A reporter of color is more likely to ask different questions, perhaps gain greater access to interview subjects of color, seek different experts and come equipped with a more nuanced understanding of racial history and context. They may have deeper and different connections or be bilingual — a great advantage especially when covering immigrant communities. The ultimate goal is for newsrooms to be staffed with editors and reporters who represent the rich and diverse communities they serve."

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