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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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Diversity in Crisis

Diversity in Crisis

ASNE’s Time of Reckoning, 1998–2002

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Chasing Newsroom Diversity

Gwyneth Mellinger

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the crisis following the announcement in 1997 that the Goal 2000 target would not be met and the contentious negotiations to recommit the ASNE to the aims of newsroom diversity and to recalibrate the hiring target for the year 2025. Identity politics continued to complicate efforts to advance the cause of social justice as women were finally added to the hiring initiative, but gay and disabled journalists were not. The ASNE demonstrated that racial assumptions continued to be deeply ingrained when a racist comedy act at the 2001 convention touched off a nationwide controversy. In addition, the chapter examines the devastating impact of the newspaper industry's declining fortunes on the cause of newsroom diversity during the first decade of the new millennium.

Keywords:   newsroom diversity, Goal 2000 initiative, identity politics, social justice, racism, new millennium

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