AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST BRITTANY NOBLE JONES OF WJTV-12 IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION OVER HER HAIR."
By: Richard Prince--"Journal-isms"
“The Journalism & Women Symposium stands in solidarity with award-winning journalist Brittany Noble Jones (pictured) and other women journalists, particularly Black women, whose employers have discriminated against them because of their gender and race,” the JAWS board of directors recently said in a statement.
“Noble Jones said she experienced several instances of discrimination as a reporter working at a television station in Jackson, Mississippi, including her boss saying it was ‘unprofessional’ for her to wear her natural hair on TV.
Noble said her contract was eventually terminated.
“Noble Jones’ experiences are the norm for many Black female journalists, who often spend significant time and money altering their natural hair to fit employers’ and viewers’ ideas of what is ‘professional.’ Such expectations can be ‘psychologically damaging,’ Northwestern University broadcast professor Ava Greenwell has said previously.
“JAWS condemns all discrimination against journalists based on their gender and race. JAWS encourages industry leaders to hire diverse staffs, from interns to the highest echelons of management and ensure a culture of inclusivity in which journalists of color can thrive.
“Women of color represent less than 13 percent of local TV news staff, less than eight percent of print newsroom staff and about six percent of local radio staff, according to the Women’s Media Center’s 2018 report on women of color in news media. . . .”
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