A Critical Race Counterstory: Chicana/o Subjectivities vs. Journalism Objectivity

Sonya M. Alemán
2017 Taboo : The Journal of Culture and Education  
This essay employs a critical race counterstory to problematize how traditional journalism pedagogy's conflation of diversity and integration curbs the presumed aptitude for improved coverage of racial and ethnic communities linked to students of color. The instructional material used to teach objectivity to mass communication students, student newspaper articles, as well as personal, professional and communal knowledge inform this composite narrative about the fictional experiences of two
more » ... riences of two undergraduate students of color enrolled in a college news writing course. The tale edifies the way objectivity in journalism practice functions to perpetuate an unnamed system of whiteness that ultimately stifles that craved acuity attributed to students of color. Journalism educators are urged to re-image their pedagogy in six ways in order to draw in the racialized perspectives of underrepresented students symbolized by the main characters in the counterstory-ultimately affecting positive change in the reporting practices of all journalists.
doi:10.31390/taboo.16.1.08 fatcat:ehtp3neyu5aaljq6myd5wjngoq