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. Journalist of the Year

. Journalist of the Year

(p.158) 15. Journalist of the Year
City Son
Wayne Dawkins
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the coverage of the trial for the racial discrimination suit filed by four black journalists against the New York Daily News, the nation’s largest-circulation metropolitan newspaper. Because of this unprecedented trial, the stakes for the newspaper industry were high. What followed in the next nine weeks was the legal equivalent of a bloody street brawl in which character flaws on both sides would be ripped open and exposed. Nevertheless, plaintiffs David Hardy, a political reporter; Steven W. Duncan, an assistant news editor; Joan Shepard, Manhattan cultural affairs editor; and Causewell Vaughan, a copy editor, pressed on. They believed theirs was a compelling and righteous case.

Keywords:   New York, Daily News, black journalists, race discrimination, David Hardy, Steven W. Duncan, Joan Shepard, Causewell Vaughan

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