SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT -- San Francisco State University Professor Jon Funabiki is deeply familiar with this bias, having seen it and made a study of it throughout his career. He participated in an event in Detroit, Michigan, on March 5 that commemorated the Kerner report’s 50th anniversary. The Ford Foundation held the panel discussion titled “Represent! Forging A New Future for Journalism and Media Diversity.”
“The Kerner Commission report, which really criticized journalism — I mean, was pretty ferocious criticism — did have quite an impact on journalism and journalism education,” Funabiki said in an interview.