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Press Diversity in the 2016 Election – MMXLII

Press Diversity in the 2016 Election

For decades, the political press scene has been an overwhelming majority comprised of white male individuals. Due to this, some U.S. news outlets have begun to take steps towards diversifying their political coverage. Even with the largely growing hispanic and asian populations in the United States,

the racial makeup of traditional media organizations has been stagnant

Juana Summers, a female African-American journalist covering the Republican political events of the 2012 Presidential election cycle experienced first hand the lack of a minority population involved in press coverage. At many times, during the campaign trail, she was the only person of color covering the event.

But nothing crystallized her minority status more than when one of her white male press corps colleagues asked for an interview, assuming the 27-year-old Missouri native was simply a black voter captivated by a candidate’s stump speech.

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