Will More Culturally Diversified Staffs Diversify Newspaper Content?

Fedler, Fred; Smith, Ron F.; Marzolf, Marion T.; Jeter, James Phillip
March 1996
Florida Communication Journal;1996, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The article explores the issue of cultural diversity among newspaper staffs in the U.S. With the goal of hiring more women and minorities, newspaper editors are focusing more on diversifying their staffs. This strategy is being called as the pluralism or multiculturalism trend. To determine the efficacy of this strategy, a survey was conducted to examine the editorial decisions made by journalism students. One challenge facing this trend is the fact that many minorities are critical of the media due to several complaints, including negative stereotypes, ignorance of cultural differences and use of biased or insensitive language.


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