Monday Lorraine Forte starts a new gig as a member of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board.
Lorraine’s history as a Chicago journalist goes back to the Daily Southtown, as a reporter for the Sun-Times, editorial writer for Catalyst – a publication about Chicago school reform – and for the Chicago Reporter.
The Chicago Sun-Times has recently been purchased by former north side Democratic alderman Edwin Eisendrath and by the Chicago Federation of Labor.
The corporation also owns the Chicago Reader.
While some have predicted the death of print journalism, Lorraine is skeptical. And so am I.
News sources that combine on-line access along with print may be the model for success.
It doesn’t guarantee a range of points of view or a diversity of representation.
A recent report on NPR:
People of color make nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population, and women make up more than half. But you couldn’t guess that by looking at American journalists, according to a new report by the Women’s Media Center.
Women of color represent just 7.95 percent of U.S. print newsroom staff, 6.2 percent of local radio staff and 12.6 percent of local TV news staff, according to this year’s Status of Women in the U.S. Media study, the organization’s annual audit of diverse media voices.
“Women are just 32 percent of newsrooms, but the percentage of women of color is even more dire,” Cristal Williams Chancellor, director of communications at the Women’s Media Center, told NPR.
It was just one of the issues we talked to Lorraine Forte about.