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Say Brother; Looking at Ourselves: How the Black Media Watches Boston; Rise of Minority Affairs reporting in the United States

Part of Say Brother.

02/11/1977

In this clip Sarah Ann Shaw discusses the upswing in the number of Black reporters, hired as a reaction to the civil unrest in the United States in minority communities, with Mel Miller and Ron Hutson. Overall, the program is the first of two focusing on African American media and its function in the community. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with Ron Hutson (head of the Urban 'Team' at the Boston Globe), Mel Miller (publisher of the Bay State Banner), and Sarah-Ann Shaw (reporter for WBZ News and host of the television program Mzizi Roots) about the definition of news, if there is a difference between white news and Black news and how they are covered, if the white media's "commitment" to objectivity affects the coverage of African American news stories, if white reporters and Black reporters bring back different news stories, and the resources needed to cover African American community issues. Additional segments include the "Say Brother News" with reporters Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, Justina Chu, and WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart, and the "Community Calendar." Produced by Barbara Barrow. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Looking at Ourselves: How the Black Media Watches Boston
Program Number

716

Title

Rise of Minority Affairs reporting in the United States

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program is the first of two focusing on African AMerican media and its function in the community. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with Ron Hutson (head of the Urban 'Team' at the Boston Globe), Mel Miller (publisher of the Bay State Banner), and Sarah-Ann Shaw (reporter for WBZ News and host of the television program Mzizi Roots) about the definition of news, if there is a difference between white news and Black news and how they are covered, if the white media's "commitment" to objectivity affects the coverage of African American news stories, if white reporters and Black reporters bring back different news stories, and the resources needed to cover African American community issues. Additional segments include the "Say Brother News" with reporters Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, Justina Chu, and WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart, and the "Community Calendar."

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Boston Globe
Hutson, Ron
Miller, Mel
Segregation
Bay State Banner
Shaw, Sarah-Ann
Civil rights
African Americans in mass media
African Americans in television broadcasting
African American journalists
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Cross, June (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Contributors
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Assembly)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Assembly)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Chu, Justina (Reporter)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio Editor)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Koppel, Tiit (Assistant Stage Manager)
Floyd, Mike (Stage Manager)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Morton, Wil (Associate Director)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Devitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Looking at Ourselves: How the Black Media Watches Boston; Rise of Minority Affairs reporting in the United States,” 02/11/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4A897D719370449B950EA830F219A80F.
MLA: “Say Brother; Looking at Ourselves: How the Black Media Watches Boston; Rise of Minority Affairs reporting in the United States.” 02/11/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4A897D719370449B950EA830F219A80F>.
APA: Say Brother; Looking at Ourselves: How the Black Media Watches Boston; Rise of Minority Affairs reporting in the United States. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4A897D719370449B950EA830F219A80F
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