About the Database
This database draws from a variety of sources. It is intended to be a comprehensive collection of references to books, scholarly research, professional reviews and journalism organization and foundation reports about the movement in journalism toward increased racial and ethnic diversity over the years. Note that it is narrowly focused on journalism, both as practiced in newsrooms and produced by news outlets. Much research has been done on diversity in movies or television or advertising, for instance, but that isn’t included here unless the source also focuses on journalism.
The books and articles included here primarily focus on racial and ethnic diversity in journalism, both in the profession and the academy, particularly as championed by the four pillars of UNITY: the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association. In addition, the database includes research and writings about the roles and portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in journalism.
The abstracts include Web links to the cited work whenever possible; full citations are provided elsewhere. Academic and professional journalism review articles can be found in print or microfilm at an academic library. Many of the books also are available at university libraries or can be ordered through Amazon or other booksellers.
Most of the abstracts are based on readings of the articles. The abstracts for most of the books were written after reading reviews of the books and excerpts available from such sources as Google Books, Google Scholar and descriptions on the sites of such booksellers as Amazon.
The items in the database have been categorized using one or more of the following labels:
The items in the database come from a variety of source types:
Using the Database
The entries in the database can be sorted by clicking on “Sorted by Labels” at the top of the database, then choosing a sort field and order. For instance, clicking on “Year” and “a-z” will sort the entries in chronological order of year.
The entries also can be filtered by choosing specific items from the pick lists on the right. For instance, to see only the research articles published in 1990, click on 1990 in the “Filter by Year” box. You can also filter on multiple items. To see everything again, click on “Reset All Filters” at the top left.
The database also can be searched by free text. Simply put your search term in the “Search text” box at the upper right. For instance, to find all entries in which the word “student” is mentioned in the abstract or title, put “Student” in the “Search Text” box and hit “Enter.”