Electronic Media, LEE, African Americans discussed on 1A - Figuring Out North Korea | What It's Like To Report On Race Today


Just a follow up on that a little bit professor klebanov a there's also an intersection in terms of race with the electronic media and even local tv anchors reporters there was a moment in the late '60s correct me if i'm wrong where stations began to hire more black people to cover the civil rights movement because newsrooms realized we don't have any one in our newsrooms who can speak to these stories directly authentic lee who can even get into some of the communities and tell them from the inside oh that's absolutely true newspapers had brought on african americans before then uh some of them it worked up pretty well some didn't enjoy it as much the african americans simeon booker who was hired by the washington post in the 1950s said i can't cover capitol hill aquino go to the bathroom there and he retreated to johnson publications and had a spectacular career there the the you know the ebony magazine and jet magazine uh but what really mattered to your point is the visual the today call the optics of seeing african americans in in professional roles are on television delivering the news uh an and it's reflected to african americans in this nation uh their own their own people and sometimes their own stories and it made a big difference and also in the longterm hata affect on undermining effect on the black press a lot of people did leave the black pressed to the.

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