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Diversity in journalism schools

It’s no secret that journalism has a diversity problem – countless think pieces have been written about the topic, journalism schools and newsrooms have released statements about their commitments to inclusiveness and diversity, and yet many news outlets remain predominantly white, and the only path there is a degree in journalism for a job that’s long hours, and not a lot of pay. We delved into this issue by starting where many journalists get their start: journalism school. To talk about it, The 21st was joined by two journalism students and two professors.


María Marta Guzmán 

DePaul senior, editor in chief of La DePaulia 

Andre Thomas 

UIUC senior, sports staff writer, UI7 Live Producer 

Danielle K. Brown 

John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota

Manuel Chavez

Journalism professor at Michigan State University | President of the Association for Borderlands Studies



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