GEORGE E. CURRY | AFRO
WASHINGTON – Sunday’s front-page story on the Black Press failed to accurately portray the accomplishments of and the depth of the problems facing Black-owned media, according to scholars, Black media owners and editors.
The Times story was published under the headline, “Pillars of Black Media, Once Vibrant, Now Fighting for Survival.”
Linn Washington, Jr., a professor of journalism at Temple University, said one of the most glaring shortcomings of the article was that of approximately 200 Black-owned newspapers in the United States, no Black editor or publisher was quoted. Nor were any of the leaders of their trade organization, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).
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Ebony is a monthly magazine for the African-American market. It was founded by John H. Johnson and has published continuously since the autumn of 1945. A digest-sized sister magazine, Jet, is also published by the Johnson Publishing Company.
Ebony was founded by John H. Johnson in 1945. The magazine has evolved over the years; in 1985 Ebony Man was started. In 2010 it began a redesign process to update its longtime brand. In the past, the magazine was persistently upbeat, much like its postwar contemporary Life. Ebony, edited by John H. Johnson, has striven always to address African-American issues, personalities and interests in a positive and self-affirming manner. Its cover photography has focused on prominent African-American public figures, including actors and entertainers, and politicians, such as Dorothy Dandridge, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, U.S. President Barack Obama, Zoe Saldana, Tyrese Gibson, and Tyler Perry.
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“The failure to note legacies of the historic Black Press in an article purportedly about pillars of Black Media is yet another omission by commission cited as a major failing of mainstream media as far back as the 1968 Kerner Report on race relations in America,” Washington said. “Such omissions perpetuate the misunderstandings underlying the persistence of the ‘race problem’ in America.”
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