"As we reflect on history to shine light on viable paths forward, we can’t continue to ignore critical segments of the population in both their contributions and their experiences."
Jeanne Brooks, ONA’s Digital Director and editor of this blog, responds to the lack of diversity in the Riptide project, an oral history of the impact of digital technology on the journalism industry.
Riptide, created by Nieman Journalism Lab and three Harvard-funded journalists, interviewed 61 people for the project, of which five where white women, two were men of color and zero women of color.
Read more from Brooks in a post by Amanda Hess on Slate: Riptide: Harvard University and Nieman Journalism lab team up for a white, male oral history of the Internet.
Andrea Peterson writes on the Washington Post’s The Switch:
The project would have been stronger if it had done a better job of incorporating the perspective of female and minority voices. For example, one of the ways the digital age disrupted the journalism field was making it easier for marginalized voices to find audiences. With the rise of the Internet, no longer did media require the approval of elite gatekeepers to become accessible to the masses.