, ed. by Hunter Cutting and Makani Themba-Nixon, We Interrupt This Message 2003.
An excellent "insider's guide to disrupting the current narrative (or lack of narrative) on race justice." For more info visit
Media Accountability Organizations and Other Resources
- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) produces a bibliography of Anti-Arab Discrimination, Stereotyping, and Media Bias
- The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. GLAAD Media Resource Kits including: Media Reference Guide, Communities of African Descent Resource Kit, Covering Hate Crimes available from this website.
- Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a national media watch group, has a Racism Watch Desk which presents an excellent resource of articles and information dealing with the media's misrepresentation of people of color.
- UNITY:Journalists of Color, Inc.
Representing 7,000 journalists of color, UNITY is a strategic alliance comprised of four national associations: Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Native American Journalists Association. In addition to planning the largest regular gathering of journalists in the nation (the UNITY 2004 Convention), UNITY develops programs and institutional relationships that promote year-round journalism advocacy and education, with a focus on fairness & accuracy in news coverage and diversity in newsrooms.
- The National Association of Hispanic Journalists published a report entitled Brownout 2003: The Portrayal of Latinos in Network Television News, by Serafin Mendez-Mendez and Diana Alverio.
Despite the enormous growth of the nation's Latino community, Latinos continued to be marginalized on the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC in 2002, according to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists eighth annual Network Brownout Report released. This year's study found that two-thirds of all Latino-related stories that aired on the network news were about crime, terrorism and illegal immigration.
- A number of industry studies have documented the lack of diversity in news organizations and racism and bias in the media. The Maynard Institute offers several useful resources gathered here.
- From Assimilation to Annihilation: Puerto Rican Images in U.S. Films by
Richie Perez., Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos Bulletin, Hunter College 1990.
- Pictures of our Nobler Selves - A History of Native American Contributions to News Media by Mark N. Trahant.
- African-American Video Resources: a Select Guide, by Patricia B. McGee
- Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies.
1994 documentary recounting the little-known story of a remarkable independent film industry that produced close to 500 movies for African-American audiences between 1910 and 1940. These "race movies" provided black moviegoers with images that didn't demean them, but depicted them as real people.
- Soldiers Without Swords: The Black Press in America. This documentary chronicles the history of the Black press and contribution of black journalists.
- Race: The Power of an Illusion; a recent PBS series.
- Third World Newsreel is one of a number of media arts organizations dedicated to promoting the production and distribution of media work by historically marginalized communities.
Also see these sites to locate films for public screenings: