Dec 23 2011

Joe Torres on News for All the People, Amy Alexander on Uncovering Race


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This week on CounterSpin, a special look at race and people of color in U.S. journalism. Told quickly it’s a story about under representation and exclusion, of bias… and of breakthroughs. And all along, recognition that the stories news media tell us about the world and one another are a tremendous shaping force on the state of racial and ethnic understanding and the advance of social justice.

We’ll hear from Joseph Torres of the group Free Press, co-author with Juan Gonzalez of a new book called News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. It’s full of history and people that have gone largely missing from most folks’ understanding of journalism in this country, and it also talks about why that is.

Also on the show: demands for increased diversity are a constant with corporate media. But what’s it like for the journalists of color who represent that diversity once they’re on the job? We learned more recently from the book Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist’s Story of Reporting and Reinvention, and we’ll hear from that book’s author, reporter Amy Alexander.


Amy Alexander

News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, Verso Books