If you haven’t been following or up to date on the stories about newsroom leaders making terrible decisions in the wake of protests about the deaths of Black people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor… I don’t know why you read this. A lot of this news has been portrayed as either some of vicious rebellion of “old” journos versus young “new” journos, as alluded to by the tweets of a certain New York Times columnist I won’t name, or as the overdue reckoning of newsrooms with legacy staff in coming to terms with the realities and failures of their hiring, retention, and support of journalists of color, especially Black journalists. (I will state for the record that I do not use the phrase “people of color” to mean “Black people” — and neither should you erase the particular experiences of Black people so.)
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