The Push for More Latino Representation in Journalism

September 09, 2020

Earlier this week, Latino journalists at the Los Angeles Times sent an open letter to leadership demanding better newsroom representation. Despite being the largest demographic group in California, Latinos remain seriously underrepresented in the newsroom.

The move by their Latino journalists comes just weeks after their Black colleagues also called for change and as the journalism industry more broadly reckons with its own legacy of systemic racism. 

For more on this, The Takeaway spoke to one of the journalists behind efforts to diversify the newsroom. Esmeralda Bermudez is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, focusing on the lives of Latinos. Also joining the show are Frances Negron-Muntaner, a media scholar and professor at Columbia University, and Graciela Mochkofsky, executive director of Center for Community Media at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and the director of its Spanish-language Journalism Program.

Article and podcast can be found here.