As I am working to help black folks find work in journalism (like, actually shoe leather reporting), I run into a common theme among a good number of them: they have little to no reporting experience. I have some thoughts on why that is.
Reporting, unlike column writing, requires a very different type of skill that you cannot really hone at a desk top. You really need to leave the desk and hit the pavement. Developing sources requires a lot of face to face.
Also, news reporting is very expensive and few organizations can afford it. And journalism is already a country club (It really is and if someone says otherwise, they are lying to you) that only lets a select few in. They ain't letting in black folks.
I see folks discussing the lack of media coverage black politicians are getting and I want to explain *a* possibility why that *could* be the case. Yes, media do not cover black (female) candidate well enough. Here is another reason the coverage is poor: Their comms people suck.
From personal experience, in this midterm, I can tell you that I have reached out to many black candidates and a. the candidate's website has not easy way for media to contact the campaign b. there is no designated comms person and c. no one responds to calls or emails.
Campaigns also experience lots of turnover and comms teams don't always let reporters know who the new comms person is and interview requests get lost in the shuffle. This happens ALL the time. And the new comms person *may* not think you are important enough for their candidate