Biz journalism needs more journalists of color

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Elias Jabbe says:

    Thanks for the article. I agree that more diversity is needed in business journalism and other fields. I am a former member of a college chapter of NABJ and I now cover international business and small business owners of all backgrounds (among other topics) on my editorial website MulticulturalMatters.org.

    • Walden Siew says:

      Chris,

      Thank you for your article and for attending the SABEW conference in Indianapolis. I’m a SABEW board member, chair of our diversity committee, and I appreciate you raising what I think is an important issue for the media industry and SABEW as an institution. Diversity is an issue that has hit newspapers particularly hard, but it affects the entire media and corporate landscape.

      I also was troubled by the recent ASNE census count that showed minority representation in U.S. newsrooms falling last year, while the numbers basically remained stagnant for the past decade. Meanwhile the overall employment numbers rose slightly, with minority numbers plunging for a third year. It’s a huge issue for newspapers and also for large media organizations like Reuters, where I work as an editor.

      One of the reasons I ran for re-election on the board this year was to promote diversity issues, and also to maintain greater diversity on our board. We’ve had a long-standing committee to address these issues, and I hope more members from NABJ will consider business journalism as a concentration, and SABEW as an association to get important financial training and networking opportunities with some of the best journalists in the business. We also have established the Benita Newton Fund, which SABEW used to fund a pair of Indianapolis conference travel grants for minorities this year.

      Thanks again for your thoughtful article.

      Best regards,

      Walden Siew
      @waldensiew

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