Race coverage in media needs to improve, panel says

Panelists Norma Holland, Dave McCleary, Cristina Domingues, Jim Lawrence and Chris Ford

About 60 people turned out for the Rochester Media Association’s most recent professional development event, The Color of Coverage, on Oct. 22 at St. John Fisher College.

The college, RMA, and the Rochester Association of Black Journalists jointly sponsored the event, which featured as panelists:

  • Cristina Domingues, Time Warner Cable News
  • Chris Ford, News10NBC
  • Norma Holland, 13WHAM News
  • James Lawrence, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group
  • Dave McCleary, The Minority Reporter

RMA board member Juan Vazquez of WXXI News was moderator.

The panelists took a critical look at issues of concern with regard to race and news coverage, including which stories are covered, how they are covered, mistrust of major media by people of color, and the lack of diversity within newsrooms. Much work needs to be done in all of those areas, panelists said throughout the night.

As could be expected in a room full of journalists and journalism students, the event received extensive coverage on Twitter. This archive of tweets (via @storify) comprises a fairly thorough look at the evening’s discussion.

Links from the event

Updated 1 p.m. Sunday Oct. 26 to add these links

During the event, moderator Vazquez noted two recent, high-profile illustrations of some of the issues surrounding race and news coverage, and noted that links to more information about both would be made available here on the web after. These are:

Media Insight Project survey

New Republic article by Rebecca Carrol about newsroom racism

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