Shrinking Newsrooms Could Affect How We View the Coronavirus Pandemic

Like many businesses, newsrooms have been forced to cut back their staffs during the coronavirus pandemic, shrinking the number of journalists of color covering the crisis. Many worry that, as the coronavirus spreads disproportionately across the country, hitting communities of color the hardest, the lack of diversity in journalism’s ranks is reflected in news reporting.

In the early days of the outbreak, for example, news organizations published generic photos of Chinatown neighborhoods and masked Asian people with stories about the coronavirus pandemic, which critics said fueled xenophobic ideas about who carried the disease.

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