Professor Wagner: Diversity in Journalism Involves Culture, Depth, Thought

Monday, March 16, 2015
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YOUR CALL, KALW-FM (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Dori Maynard, president of the Robert Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and champion of diversity in the media, died of lung cancer February 24. She fought for diversity until the very end.

How can reporters more accurately mirror the communities they cover? SF State Journalism Associate Professor Venise Wagner and other guests discuss. Wagner talks about how diversity issues involve accuracy and ethics.

“The way news is told, the way we go out there and report, often results in the kind of things that we’re seeing now,” Wagner says. “We don’t really see a lot of depth in stories. We don’t really see a lot of exploration of root causes of things, in the case of the Ferguson uprising or issues happening out of Ferguson. We don’t really get to the root causes of why people are so upset there.

“That is essentially what happens when we are not diverse, not only in our makeup but in our thinking.”