Why Journalism in Color?
[Getting deeper with people behind the stories —from the POC lens]
As my love for the craft of journalism grew in high school and college, so did my awareness of the challenges —specifically, the inequalities of opportunities. There was the lack of racial inclusion, but additionally concerning was the endless excuses from media entities in providing newsrooms that accurately reflected their communities. In some ways, journalism —media, in general—has been held on a pedestal. But journalism is no different than any other industry.
With the latest inappropriate behaviors of colleagues, the era of "fake news," it's even more apparent that we need to take a hard look at the state of a field many of us love. In all of this, the most silenced have been journalists of color. Our voices in journalism —as impactful as they have been proven to be time and time again—aren't seen as valuable as our white counterparts.
I have created Journalism In Color to take a deeper look at that and to acknowledge past, present, and future journalists of color putting in the work around the world.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this. It's a work in progress, but I'm excited to take the first steps forward in putting all of this together.
-Olivia Obineme, founder