Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention (Hardcover)
A Black Journalist's Story of Race, Media, and Reinvention A veteran reporter confronts her industry's refusal to represent and reflect a soon-to-be majority-minority nation From the Rodney King riots to the racial upheaval that gripped Boston's most prestigious newspaper in the late 1990s, the stories Amy Alexander chronicled were the biggest of American journalism's modern era. Begun in the bare-knuckled newsrooms of 1980s San Francisco, her career spans a period of industry-wide economic collapse and epic national demographic changes. Behind the bylines, Alexander confronted a familiar challenge to working women: balancing her career with marriage and family. Minority Opinion offers trenchant analysis of how race, gender, and class come to bear on newsrooms, and takes aim at mainstream media's failure to successfully cover a browner, younger nation--a failure that Alexander argues is speeding news organizations' demise faster than the Internet.
About the Author
Amy Alexanderis an award-winning content producer. The 2008 Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, she has contributed to many prominent publications, including the "Miami Herald, ""Boston Globe, ""Village Voice, Washington Post, "and the" Nation."""She has also written for""Salon.com""and""TheRoot.com, and was associate producer of NPR's "Tell Me More, with Michel Martin. "Her three previous books include "Lay My Burden Down, "coauthored with Alvin Poussaint, MD. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
“Amy Alexander writes with the precision of the seasoned journalist she is and the expansiveness of the wise cultural critic she has become. Her book is at once a trenchant look at the competitive world of the highest reaches of journalism and an on-the-ground narrative of the transformations in the ways we understand race, identity, and work. Her experience is unique, but her perspective is universal.”─Henry Louis Gates Jr., author of Colored People
“Amy Alexander has done it! A gifted storyteller . . . she has written the essential memoir for journalists of color. . . . A powerful and irresistible narrative that introduces us to one of the most important African American journalists in the United States and helps us better understand the world of print and online journalism.”—Ruben Navarrette Jr., author of A Darker Shade of Crimson
“In wrestling with two difficult subjects—the challenges faced historically by people of color in the American news media, and the recent usurpation of traditional journalism by the Internet—Alexander writes with a clearly felt sense of passion and urgency, and she thoughtfully discusses key events of the last few decades, such as the Rodney King incident and its aftermath and the questionable role of media stars during traumatic events such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake.”—Kirkus Reviews
"A timely and compelling look at issues of race and lack of diversity that have dogged America's newsrooms for generations."—Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner
“Amy Alexander's analysis of the damage done to public awareness and understanding throughout the 20th century because of the failure of traditional journalism to adequately integrate staff could not come at a better time. It reminds consumers today that though they now have access to an integrated rainbow of sources of news online the responsibility now shifts to them to integrate the sources of news and opinion they aggregate.”—Bill Kovach, author of The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and The Public Should Expect