After getting his start at New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, Richard Prince (who is also in the running for our “Sexiest Journo” poll) went on to Washington Post where he became part of the “Metro Seven,” a group of African-American journalists who took issue with the paper’s discriminatory practices. Though the case never made it to court, the “Metro Seven” inspired women journalists at the Post to strive for equal opportunity.
“I think a lot of it was institutional racism. That is, too much of ‘We’ve always done it this way,'” he recalled in Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview. “It was just the unrest in the black community and the Kerner Report, which came out in 1968 and generated a lot of media coverage about two nations: one black and one white. And, at the time, the media was one of the big contributors to this, because of its lack of diversity. So, it was very gratifying to play a role in that whole transition.”
Read the full interview at So What Do You Do, Richard Prince, Columnist for the Maynard Institute?