WASHINGTON (February 28, 2013) – The National Association of Black Journalists issued the following statement in response to the February 25 - March 3 cover of Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine, which negatively depicts a minority family in a story about the American housing market rebounding:
"The image that was published by Bloomberg BusinessWeek is just a microcosm of a bigger problem in the magazine industry—the lack of diversity,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. "The last presidential election demonstrated that our nation’s demographics are changing rapidly and it is essential that media companies should make the appropriate changes to welcome diversity in their newsrooms, specifically in managerial positions.”
"Being controversial is one thing, but this cover is clearly offensive and demeaning,” said Errin Haines, NABJ Vice President-Print. "What is the message this cover seeks to convey to readers? And who thought this was a good idea? That such an image would be published by a magazine of the stature and exposure of Bloomberg BusinessWeek suggests that there was no one with the cultural sensitivity or awareness in the room to step in before this cover made it to press. While that fact is problematic, this incident presents an opportunity to prevent such oversights in the future, and NABJ stands ready to help the magazine bring more diversity to its masthead.”
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.