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The Danger of Losing the Ethnic Media

Ethnic Media in the News

The Boston Globe, Posted: Mar 05, 2009

With their ability to tap into the communities they serve, the ethnic media contribute context, history, and perspectives found nowhere else. The problem is, they're financially hemorrhaging like the rest of the news business, writes Sally Lehrman for the Boston Globe. AsianWeek, San Francisco's English-language weekly for Asian Americans, and San Francisco Bay View, which has served the black community there for three decades, both have dumped their print editions. Siglo21, a Spanish-language paper published in Lawrence, is returning to publishing weekly after three months as a daily due to declining advertising. Ming Pao Daily in New York will shut down entirely, while Hoy New York abandoned print at the end of last year. At the venerable Ebony and Jet in Chicago, all employees must reapply for their jobs. With the ever-deepening cuts across the news business, these losses may seem worth no more than a shrug. But the harm goes deep, Lehrman writes. Ethnic media play a vital role in the communities they serve and do a great deal of unrecognized work for journalism.

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