Today’s NPR “Tell Me More” guests discussed new media startups’ lack of diversity. Journal-isms publisher Richard Prince said:
“The files are just bulging with examples of cases in which people of color have been left out or misrepresented in stories and perspectives, and we don’t want this to continue in these new startups as well …
“One thing that’s a little troubling is that these young people are starting these startups without very much diversity, and we’ve been at this [emphasizing the importance of diversity] for quite a while, and for this to be 2014 and still having this problem with the younger people is kind of troubling. …
“But I will say this: while I was sitting here waiting to go on, Bill Keller – who is the former executive editor of the New York Times, and has one of the startups, about the criminal justice system – messages me, saying [Prince reads Keller’s email]:
The criminal justice system, which will be the focus of our reporting, touches people of color disproportionately, as is distressingly evident from the population of our overstuffed prisons, the profiles of the victims and the impact on families and communities. there is clear journalistic advantage in building a staff that understands and can get that story.
“So he’s one of the old school people, and he’s much more forceful on this issue than the new people.”
* Media startups short on diversity (npr.org) | h/t @jfdulac
* Earlier: J-startups aren’t a revolution if they’re filled with white men (theguardian.com)