Chasing Newsroom Diversity
From Jim Crow to Affirmative Action
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Series: The History of Communication
A project of this scope, more than a decade in the making, benefits from the contributions and assistance of a number of people. Topping that list are members and staff of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, almost all ...
Introduction: The Black and White of Newspapers
The daily newspaper editors who met in Washington, D.C., in April 1948 should not have been surprised when James O. Eastland, a U.S. senator from Mississippi, used their convention podium to defend the South’s ...
1. Manning the Barricade: Maintaining the White Prerogative in the Face of Change, 1954-67
In 1957, members of the American Society of Newspaper Editors were invited to participate in a Civil War reenactment of sorts, a North- South tennis tournament to be played during the annual ASNE convention. ...
2. Seeking Justice in a Climate of Irony: The Hiring Initiative's Uneasy Prelude, 1968-76
During his career in journalism and academia, Norman Isaacs grew accustomed to playing the odd man out in professional controversies. A thoughtful, idealistic editor with a crusader’s distaste for ambiguity, Isaacs ...
3. "A Sensitive and Difficult Task": Establishing a Framework for Newsroom Integration, 1977-89
On April 8, 1978, Richard Smyser, editor of the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Oak Ridger, asked the American Society of Newspaper Editors to take responsibility for integrating the newsrooms of U.S. daily newspapers. ...
4. The Gay Nineties: Reimagining and Renegotiating a Multicultural Newsroom
What began as a fairly routine report at the 1990 convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors ended with the iconoclastic revelation that a gay man was on the organization’s membership roll. Leroy Aarons ...
5. Diversity in Crisis: ASNE's Time of Reckoning 1998-2002
Of the white editors who championed newsroom integration in the hiring initiative’s first decade, none could match Loren Ghiglione, a smalltown editor from Southbridge, Massachusetts, for intensity of passion and ...
Afterword: Closing a Chapter of Newspaper History
When he returned from the 2005 ASNE convention, Greg Moore, editor of the Denver Post, hung an oil painting of an editor’s rolltop desk in his home.1 Moore, a longtime newsroom diversity advocate and program ...
Appendix A. Draft Statement on Newsroom Diversity
Appendix B. Mission Statement: Newsroom Diversity 2000