Friday, July 25, 2008

Diversity in news media could falter -

Diversity in news media could falter - CHICAGO — As the economy sputters and media companies slash jobs, diversity in U.S. newsrooms is likely to suffer, minority journalism leaders here said Thursday.

With minority journalists meeting this week in one of the world's largest conventions of journalists, Unity President Karen Lincoln Michel says diversity is 'taking a back seat' to the financial woes of newspaper companies.

But Michel and other minority journalists contend that the media industry must realize that diversity and profits 'go hand-in-hand.' The business imperative is stronger than ever, they say, especially as the nation grows more diverse.

Media diversity during the economic slowdown has been the most widely discussed topic at Unity, a professional alliance of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).