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Wednesday, August 4, 2004

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  • Live From Unity 2004: 7,000 Journalists of Color Gather For Largest Media Conference in the Country

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    Democracy Now! is broadcasting from Washington D.C., reporting on UNITY 2004, a convention of journalists of color—it’s the largest gathering of journalists in the United States. While people of color represent 40 percent of the United States population and African Americans make up 60 percent of the D.C. population, a study released this week by UNITY found that just 10.5 percent of Washington’s newspaper press corps are journalists of color. And journalists of color face significant challenges in gaining parity and fighting racism in the newsroom.

    The Bush campaign came under criticism earlier this week for engaging in racial profiling of a journalist in Arizona. The campaign insisted on knowing the race of a photographer of Indian ancestry from the Arizona Daily Star before she was allowed to photograph an event featuring Vice President Dick Cheney. The paper refused to tell the campaign.

    We’re joined today by some of the leaders of UNITY, which represents 7,000 media professionals of color: Patty Talahongva, president of the Native American Journalists Association, Mae Cheng, president of the Asian American Journalists Association, Herbert Lowe, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, Ernest Sotomayor, president of UNITY, and Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez, out-going president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. [includes rush transcript]