In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders—better known as the Kerner Commission—released a report that, among other things, criticized the media’s coverage of race and politics, and chastised the industry for failing to match the racial diversity of the nation it served. Decades later, the ranks of the American press continue to under-represent the racial, gender, class, and other forms of diversity found in its coverage areas. But there’s another way journalists are failing at diversity—in the sources and experts it calls upon to help the public understand and digest the news of the day.
To address this issue, CJR has compiled the beginnings of a public database of women, nonbinary, and people of color who are experts on the media. The list includes names and areas of expertise; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance finding contact information for any of the sources. We invite you to help us expand the list by submitting additional names and contact information for sources.
This is not a new problem, and journalists aren’t unaware of it. Over the past several years, a number of high-profile journalists have done the necessary work of criticizing their own coverage: In 2013, Adrienne LaFrance analyzed a full year of her own work for gender bias (and did so again, in 2016). The Atlantic’s Ed Yong, a science reporter, spent two years trying to correct gender bias in his stories. Earlier this month, The New York Times’s David Leonhardt found that he, too, was overreliant
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