Unity '94 leaders express coverage concerns p.13

By: Editorial Staff DURING THEIR FIRST joint meeting since the convention last July, the presidents of the four Unity '94 organizations identified a number of coverage concerns that jeopardize fair treatment of people of color in their communities and in their newsrooms.
Among the concerns of the presidents of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association was the desire that the industry continue to work for more effective racial diversity in hiring and coverage.
The presidents also condemned the use of the term "illegal alien" during debate over California's controversial Proposition 187 and the "potentially explosive" use of racial identification of criminal suspects, as exemplified by the Susan Smith murder case in South Carolina. They urged journalists to use restraint when reporting on the O.J. Simpson trial, and continued their fight against sports teams with names offensive to Native Americans


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