Letter From NABJ to Mediate, Regarding the Lack of Journalists of Color Among Influential Reporters
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Posted by: Aprill Turner
November 27, 2012
Today NABJ sent the following letter to Mediate Editor Dan Abrams in reference to the lack of journalists of color on Mediate's Most Influential Media Reporters' List, released earlier this month.
Dear Mr. Abrams:
We, the board of the National Association of Black
Journalists are concerned over Mediaite's story about the 13 most influential
media reporters. It is distressing that Mediaite could not find one
African American, or, in fact, any people of color, to include in its list of
most influential media reporters.
NABJ advocates on behalf of our members for jobs, promotions and
fair coverage of communities of color. To that end, we hope you recognize the
importance of diversity in the coverage of how media organizations go about
their work. Regretfully, it appears that sufficient efforts weren't undertaken
to ensure this list reflected the work of diverse voices.
Two members of the National Association Black Journalists
(NABJ) have been writing columns about the media for years: Richard Prince of
the Maynard Institute, who "Journalisms" is a national column; and
Eric Deggans, who writes about television for the Tampa Bay Times. Both would
have been obvious additions to the list.
To be clear, NABJ is not saying you should have
included Mr. Prince and Mr. Deggans because they are African American.
We're saying they should have been included because they are
two of the best media reporters in the country."
We hope in the future that Mediaite will take care to be
inclusive in compiling such a list.
Mr. Gregory H. Lee Jr.
National Association of Black Journalists