Ethnic Media Finding it Hard to Offer Broader Context When Covering Policies That Affect Minorities

By: Angie Chuang | Poynter.org

Ethnic media have done a good job honing in on the community impact of specific policy issues, like immigration, but still struggle to take a bigger-picture look at U.S. politics and the economy, ethnic-media journalists and other experts said recently.

As the U.S. government stands on the edge of a new budget – or a shutdown – and the Middle East and North Africa teeters in the throes of protest and revolution, domestic and foreign policy are in the mainstream-media spotlight.

But ethnic media sometimes focus more on home-country politics and policy, said Minhaj Hasan, editor of The Muslim Link. When they do address U.S. policy, it’s often with a narrow lens.

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