Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Journalists Association Concerned about Impact of Downsizing on Newsroom Diversity

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Journalists Association Concerned about Impact of Downsizing on Newsroom Diversity

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WASHINGTON

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is troubled over the impact on newsroom diversity as the news media industry continues its steady pace of layoffs, buyouts and downsizing.

At least five Black journalists were among more than 60 newsroom staffers recently let go in the wake of stagnant revenues and a circulation scandal at The Dallas Morning News. The Houston Chronicle is eliminating 10 percent of its work force. The San Francisco Chronicle plans to trim up to 10 percent of its management and support staff. The Tribune Co., owners of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday and The Baltimore Sun, plans to cut more than 200 jobs. ABC News' downsizing of its Washington bureau resulted in longtime NABJ member Lynne Adrine, an award-winning producer, losing her job. And CNN's plans to shut down its financial channel, CNNfn, also could affect journalists of color.

"Newsroom diversity is sorely lacking as it is and so we need more Black journalists, not fewer," said NABJ President Herbert Lowe, a reporter at Newsday. …

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