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Chasing Newsroom DiversityFrom Jim Crow to Affirmative Action$
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Gwyneth Mellinger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037382

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037382.001.0001

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Seeking Justice in a Climate of Irony

Seeking Justice in a Climate of Irony

The Hiring Initiative’s Uneasy Prelude, 1968–76

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(p.46) 2 Seeking Justice in a Climate of Irony
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Chasing Newsroom Diversity
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Gwyneth Mellinger

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037382.003.0003

This chapter explores the ASNE's response to civil rights reforms and women's liberation and begins a discussion of how the ASNE's responses to the concerns of nonwhites and white women, which the organization treated as separate matters, exacerbated the division between race and gender, producing tension between the marginalized constituencies and a disparity in the resources accorded to each. It reflects on a time of transition, when the idea of integrating newsrooms and the ASNE had appeared on the horizon and many editors had begun contemplating its distant inevitability. This was not, however, a time of concrete change in the membership's collective thinking about race and gender.

Keywords:   civil rights, women's liberation, nonwhites, white women, ASNE's transition, feminism

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