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#HireBlackWriters is more than a trending topic, it's a cold reality

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Finding a job as a writer can take several months and even years before getting your big break. Elder editors and reporters keep their seats warm with tenure making it seemingly impossible for aspiring writers to get their foot into the door. To add another layer of difficulty..writing while black. Sadly, the majority of us will never have the luxury of becoming the Carrie Bradshaw with melanin.
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Photo: celebsnow Newsroom employment has experienced a sharp decline in the last 20 years, meaning fewer opportunities for black journalists.

You're lucky if you see more than two black reporters on-air at a local shop.

Even then, they're likely pigeonholed into stereotypical stories or silenced about stories positively highlighting the black community as a whole. Yes, there are the Being Mary Jane's of the world, running their respective newsrooms advocating for well-balanced stories featuring black figures. But there's also the Mary Jane who is just happy to keep her job and has no room to speak up on pressing matters in the newsroom. If she pulled half the stunts as Mary Jane Paul in real life, then it would be a trip to HR or even the reality of losing out on work because "you weren't a good fit". Writers, journalists and creatives came out in full force on Twitter to expand on the issues confronting black writers within the industry using the hashtag #HireBlackWriters.

Problem number one is clearly the lack of black voices.

There must be a space for black writers to uncover riveting and compelling stories just as their white counterparts.

Because all too often, a publication will want the black body, but not the voice to accompany it.

Matters become especially difficult when you work for a publication, not hip to issues in diverse cultures and quick to whitewash every single piece.

Having representation in social media editor jobs is all too important.

When you fail to do all of the above you will get this and cultural appropriation.

Facts only.

Organizations just as the National Association of Black Journalists work effortlessly each year to ensure blacks are represented in media jobs from all perspectives. The rest is up to the hiring process. Maybe scale back on some of this diversity training in the workplace and bring in black professionals who are experts on diverse living.
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