Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a media-ownership diversity report that revealed dismal progress amid public outcry to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in sectors across America, including broadcast media.
As the Asian-American community continues to face challenges, we can take heart in the knowledge that a pending acquisition will accelerate minority media ownership to help safeguard fairness and diversity in journalism.
Standard General’s acquisition of TEGNA media group, an innovative company that currently owns television stations in 51 U.S. markets, will create the largest minority-owned and female-led broadcasting company in our nation’s history. It will increase minority ownership of commercial television stations by 300%, emphasizing news coverage that tells everyone’s story, not just that of the white majority that has historically dominated newsrooms and media management.
Soo Kim’s leadership role at the enterprise that Standard General’s acquisition of TEGNA will form will ensure Asian-American voices are heard and respected in the news.
Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the U.S., and their numbers are expected to almost double over the next 40 years. But too often, we see media depictions of Asians as one-dimensional stereotypes instead of the multifaceted community they are. It is crucial that Asian-Americans receive fair and equal representation both in front of and behind news cameras.
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New York Daily News | by Gina Kim