The Press: Beyond Ghetto Sniffing

Out on the frontiers of confrontation, it is tough to be a newsman in the U.S. these days. The reporter is spat upon by students, Maced by cops, subpoenaed by lawyers. It is tougher still to be a black newsman. On assignments, and sometimes in his own office, he is mistaken for a messenger boy, a janitor, an agitator. At press conferences, he will be the only reporter asked to establish his credentials. If he is a broadcast newsman, sources will look right through him and talk to his white cameraman or sound engineer....

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