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Study of Journalism and Diversity

A new study of journalism’s commitment to inclusion, “The Claims of Multiculturalism and Journalism’s Promise of Diversity,” concludes that too many diversity initiatives focus on the modest and mostly inconsequential goal of newsroom integration. Buttressed by a case study of coverage of a local issue in mainstream and minority newspapers in San José, California, the study argues that diversity of journalism matters more than diversity in journalism, which is to say that the American press ought to be more concerned about diversity across newsrooms than diversity within newsrooms. A PDF copy of the study, which appears in the current issue of the Journal of Communication, is available from Ted Glasser at Stanford University (glasser@stanford.edu). I’ve posted a typescript of the study on my Next Newsroom home page.

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