Behind the Stories: Confronting Racism as Journalists

Jour­nal­ists encounter racism dai­ly. Between the diver­si­ty sto­ries that jour­nal­ists report, and the diver­si­ty – or lack there­of – in news­rooms, race and racism affects jour­nal­ists of col­or, and the peo­ple we are report­ing on.

UConn Jour­nal­ism Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor Marie K. Shana­han brought in a pan­el of jour­nal­ists who have faced issues on the top­ic of race and racism, includ­ing Helen Ubi­nas, who writes for the Philadel­phia Dai­ly News among oth­er pub­li­ca­tions, NBC News essay­ist Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, and Wash­ing­ton Post sports jour­nal­ist Kevin Black­i­stone.

Shana­han advis­es her stu­dents to think about diver­si­ty, and to fol­low the Inter­na­tion­al Fed­er­a­tion of Jour­nal­ist­s’s Diver­si­ty Check­list, to ensure fair reporting.

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Top pho­to: Assis­tant Prof. Marie K. Shana­han mod­er­at­ed a time­ly pan­el dis­cus­sion about ‘Con­fronting Racism as Jour­nal­ists’ with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Helen Ubi­nas and Kevin B. Black­i­stone in the Wilbur Cross North Read­ing Room. Pho­to by Amar Batra.