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Race NewsBlack Journalists and the Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century$
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Fred Carroll

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041495

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041495.001.0001

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A Crusade into the Digital Age

A Crusade into the Digital Age

(p.207) Epilogue A Crusade into the Digital Age
Race News

Fred Carroll

University of Illinois Press

Competing definitions of objectivity have shaped the racial history of American journalism and continue to structure how racial issues are reported in digital media today. The black press historically aimed to enlarge the professional meaning of objectivity, hoping to invigorate the United States' democratic impulse. In contrast, the white press aimed to impose a narrow definition of objectivity that served to endorse a discriminatory status quo. Black journalists and black media remain relevant in the digital age because both continue to articulate a racial perspective frequently absent or marginalized in mass media. Despite integration, though, the collapse of journalism’s profitability amid digital transformation means black journalists continue to confront workplace concerns familiar to those encountered by their predecessors.

Keywords:   black press, digital age, digital media, journalism, mass media, objectivity, white press

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