Press: Double Jeopardy in the Newsroom

Despite progress, minority journalists face stubborn obstacles

Mervin Aubespin, 45, was in the city room late one night at the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he has been a reporter for more than a decade, when an editor dropped by with an unusual request. The editor wanted Aubespin, who is black, to telephone a source on a story he had been covering since its inception, then hand the source over to a white reporter who would conduct an interview. Says the normally restrained Aubespin: "The assumption was made, purposely or not, that I was not...

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