October 18, 2021

Why Black Media Matters

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Our newspapers allow us to speak to our own communities on our own terms with our own voices.

Our newspapers allow us to speak to our own communities on our own terms with our own voices.

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By Elinor Tatum
Publisher, The New York Amsterdam News

Elinor Tatum is the publisher of The Amsterdam News

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” That was part of the inaugural editorial penned by Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm in Freedom’s Journal, the first Black newspaper in the United States.  

Recently the Black Media Initiative of the Center for Community Media at the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism released a study, Why Black Media Matters Now.

In 182,7 when Cornish and Russwurm founded Freedom’s Journal, our county was in a time of turmoil. There were more than 2,000,000 slaves and fewer than 300,000 free Blacks. The Black population had no voice of its own, so these free men spoke up and spoke out. Fast forward almost 200 years, and the representatives from hundreds of Black media outlets still heed that call to “plead our own cause.”  

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