Fewer Black Journalists Seem to Want to Cover Their Own


  • Fear of Being ‘Pigeonholed,’ Psychic Toll at Issue
A March 5 panel sponsored by the Ford Foundation in Detroit discussed “Why Kerner still matters: Community coverage, from disorder to daily life.” From left: Bill Plante, Jelani Cobb, Marie Nelson, Richard Prince.
Photo: Credit: John Yearwood

Fear of Being ‘Pigeonholed,’ Psychic Toll at Issue

In 1984, Jesse Jackson won applause when he told the National Association of Black Journalists, then approaching its ninth year, “You must become the authorities on African American and African experience.

“Before you be a little of everything to everybody, be something special to where you live.”

A March 5 panel sponsored by the Ford Foundation in Detroit discussed “Why Kerner still matters: Community coverage, from disorder to daily…

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