The Gay Nineties

Gwyneth Mellinger

in Chasing Newsroom Diversity

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780252037382
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252094644 | DOI:
The Gay Nineties

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This chapter focuses on the 1990s, when the ASNE's Goal 2000 advocates contended with a shift in the way the broader diversity community envisioned social justice. As the more expansive concept of multiculturalism gained traction in American society, the racial integration model, on which Goal 2000 was premised, became outdated. The need for greater inclusiveness in the ASNE and its hiring initiative crystallized at the 1990 convention when an editor announced that he was gay, becoming the first gay ASNE member to be out within the organization. This chapter examines the contentious identity politics that dominated the ASNE in the 1990s as professional organizations for nonwhite journalists gained and exercised greater power and many white editors grew weary of being continually scolded for not increasing the number of nonwhites working in their newsrooms.

Keywords: Goal 2000 initiative; 1990s; multiculturalism; identity politics; social justice; newsroom diversity

Chapter.  13082 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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