In anticipation of the 2008 Presidential Election, the National Minority
Consortia (NMC) presents the Diversity Beat – a multi-platform initiative to
incorporate diversity in public media as a central premise to covering a
national news event, while also signaling public media’s commitment to
diversity in public affairs reporting.
The Initiative will bring to public broadcasting and public radio
election-related stories from different communities within the growing
minority electorate. The initiative is structured around
cross-collaborations with broadcast and online news outlets (most notably
the Online Newshour and Frontline/WORLD), community partners (such as New
American Media, Scribe and Reznet), and young diverse journalists.
The NMC’s goal is to reframe the political conversation as viewed through
the communities and provide the context and perspectives not covered by
The NMC identified a select group of journalism fellows to report on minority
communities and issues within the context of the upcoming elections as part
of their Election Initiative 2008. The young journalists created their stories in
a variety of formats from short 5 to 15 minute video or audio pieces suitable
for on-line webcasting to articles and opinion pieces.
Watch their video reports below.