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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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Closing a Chapter of Newspaper History

Closing a Chapter of Newspaper History

(p.167) Afterword Closing a Chapter of Newspaper History
Chasing Newsroom Diversity

Gwyneth Mellinger

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the failures of the ASNE to deliver on its promise of newsroom diversity since the inception of its new hiring initiative. It reflects on the highlights, shortcomings, and ultimately the denouement of this chapter of ASNE (and newspaper) history as it charts the decline of the diversity project. At the same time, the chapter also takes a look at the declining newspaper industry which, while not wholly at fault for the failure of the diversity project, had contributed to it in part. The chapter looks into many other reasons for the failure as well, and concludes with hope for future possibilities even in a world where technological advances have begun to push newsprint culture to the margins in favor of a more globalized media culture.

Keywords:   ASNE, newspaper history, diversity, Goal 2000 initiative, newspaper industry, newsroom diversity

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