Diversity- What's the Difference?
"Moreover, another said, if you believe that having a diverse staff is essential to covering the news fully and fairly, then the fact ofdiversity itself is an important qualification to be considered" (Haiman 45-46).
I'm glad that this section was included in the chapter, because, frankly, there's a lot that can go wrong when trying to ensure one has a diverse staff. What happens when there is a white man is more qualified than minority members, but denied a job because he's not a minority? This particular problem is so frustrating, because I can see where it is necessary to have this safety net that attempts to ensure someone isn't turned away because of race or gender, but then...people end up getting turned away because of race and gender. However, the above quote shows why this practice is sometimes necessary. Diversity is a factor, too.
"But there also was a fear expressed that progress in race relations and in newspaper coverage of minority community issues might be leveling off as journalists lost enthusiasm for the effort"(Haiman 44).
This is more important, in my opinion, than any other potential solution. Yes, I am admittedly tired of having issues of race and gender brought up, because I think we as a society should be past that. However, we're not, and it's here the call for a constant, passionate awareness of justice is sounded. Journalists should always ask themselves if they are fairly representing minorities, both in the quantity and quality of their stories.