Press: Newsroom Homophobia

A survey and book examine coverage of gay issues

Some editors were outraged when the American Society of Newspaper Editors asked members to post information about a survey of gay and lesbian journalists. "Will the next item on the bulletin board be for 'prostitute journalists' or 'cocaine journalists'?" mocked one. Last week, as several hundred ASNAE members arrived in Washington for their four-day annual meeting, the organization released the results of its survey. While most of the more than 200 respondents felt their employers were tolerant of gays, they reported widespread homophobia in the newsroom. They also judged their newspapers' coverage of gay-related issues to be mediocre and found management...

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