National Association of Black Journalists Puts CNN on “Special Monitoring List”

Black journalism association calls for a "civil rights audit" over lack of black representation on the network.

  • Tuesday, The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) placed CNN on a “special media monitoring list,” due to a lack of black representation among the network’s leadership ranks.
  • These concerns, coupled with CNN President Jeff Zucker‘s refusal to meet with a four-person NABJ delegation over personal issues with NABJ’s Vice President-Digital Roland Martin, prompted the decision to research further into the network’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices.
  • NABJ’s next steps involve further engagement with CNN’s parent company, AT&T, who they say have responded positively to their outreach efforts.

In their March 5th statement on CNN, The National Association of Black Journalists outlined their concerns with four specific revelations based on their preliminary research.

NABJ also claimed that they have received communication from CNN disputing only one of their four research points, specifically that having no black vice presidents on the news side is inaccurate.

“However, when asked to provide the name and position of the individual or individuals involved on the editorial side of news, CNN has yet to provide specifics,” their statement read.

The NABJ also targeted Jeff Zucker directly, saying that he has “no black direct reports.”

CNN also recently faced a discrimination lawsuit filed by a group of black employees who alleged they endured “abuse of power, nepotism, revenge, retaliation and discrimination.”

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Clint Whitney