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Reflecting ourselves

What future for the Black media today? That’s the topic explored by the Media Guardian in an article yesterday (Minority Report)

In the face of new media and an eye-watering advertising squeeze the traditional print newspaper is in general decline across the board, but the “recession” in the Black printed press is particularly severe, in Britain and America.

Over 50 years since Claudia Jones set up the West Indian Gazette, The Voice has shrunk massively since its heyday and is keeping its head above water thanks to the Jamaican Gleaner. The other African and Caribbean weekly, New Nation, went under at the start of the year.

But as Guardian writer Haroon Siddique finds out, it’s not just the old media that is under threat, but also ‘specialist’ programming in the BBC. So will the sector recover? And how? They are big questions that deserve our attention.

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  1. Over at Black Politics I wrote the following response to a similar post:

    You’re last sentence really hits the nail on the head. News media is radically changing due in part to the rise of the net and things like new media. Newspapers are fast becoming a relic of former communications age; basically they have to adapt or die.

    The antidote to the above is a campaign to make sure the black community is represented online as never before, the community needs to surpass its current web interests and engage in blogs such as this but also join the conversation on things like Twitter, it needs to comment and create news, local news especially, online. It needs to make its digital voice heard loud and clear.

    Once that cultural shift happens there will a vibrant market for online news focused on the black community.

    http://blackpolitics.co.uk/2009/11/19/hard-times-at-the-voice-132/

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