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From an award-winning black journalist, a tough-minded look at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the reporting that comes out of them, within the changing media landscape.
Amy Alexander fell in love with journalism as a child in San Francisco during the tumultuous late 1960s. After landing her first reporting job at her hometown daily newspaper, she embarked on a rollercoaster journey marked by unexpected twists and turns through a minefield of cultural conflicts. Her career took her through newsrooms in Fresno, Miami, Boston, Minnesota, and Washington, DC. Along the way, her identity as a black woman journalist changed dramatically, an evolution that coincided with sweeping changes in the media industry wrought by demographics and the Internet. Uncovering Race offers trenchant analysis of how race, gender, and class come to bear on newsrooms, and takes aim at mainstream media’s failure to successfully cover a browner, younger nation--a failure that Alexander argues is speeding news organizations’ demise faster than the Internet.
“A timely and compelling look at issues of race and lack of diversity that have dogged America’s newsrooms for generations.” -Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner
“Amy Alexander’s analysis of the damage done to public awareness and understanding throughout the 20th century because of the failure of traditional journalism to adequately integrate staff could not come at a better time. It reminds consumers today that though they now have access to an integrated rainbow of sources of news online the responsibility now shifts to them to integrate the sources of news and opinion they aggregate.”–Bill Kovach, author of The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and The Public Should Expect