Black News Coverage Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

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Despite having a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the U.S. mainstream news media during the first year of Barack Obama’s administration. The coverage that existed focused more on specific episodes than on examining how broader issues and trends affected the lives of blacks generally, according to a year-long study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and its Social and Demographic Trends Project. In its coverage of race, writes the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, “the press largely responded to breaking news during the [survey period] rather than exploring the state of African Americans or developing African American angles around events or issues in the news.” Among the top 10 storylines during 2009 and early 2010, five were related to individuals and five were tied more to issues in the news.  Click through the gallery for the top 10 storylines.

Despite having a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the U.S. mainstream news…