Source Diversity in Journalism

Source Diversity in Journalism

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Journalism stories that accurately reflect communities and people are not possible without a diversity of sources. Sources lend credibility, perspective, viewpoints and color to a story. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, it is incumbent upon journalists to accurately reflect that diversity. Source diversity includes a number of demographics: race, class, gender, generation, geography and ideology. Armed with this definition, journalists must work to improve source diversity. Mainstream media's audiences are steadily shrinking in size, and the fact that many people do not see themselves or people like them reflected in stories may be to blame. Meanwhile, the success of ethnic and foreign-language media indicates that mainstream media have failed to understand and accurately reflect the changes taking place in American society. To regain lost audiences and attract new ones, journalists must embrace and actively work to improve the diversity of sources.Especially for journalists new to a beat, a list of readily available experts willing and eager to chat on the record offers invaluable help and spares time and worry. 55 The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a USC programanbsp;...

Title:Source Diversity in Journalism
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006

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