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The Black Press (1983)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-02-20

Duration: 00:26:21

Subjects: Journalism | African American journalists | African American newspapers | Media


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Payne, Ivory Interviewee
  • Foreman, Yvonne Interviewee
  • Jackson, Sailor Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from February 20, 1983, focuses on African Americans in the media. Genevieve Stewart first reports on the history of black newspapers. Next, Rob Hinton interviews Reverend Ivory Payne, the publisher of “The Scotland Press,” who discusses why he thinks the black press is still necessary. Lastly, Hinton and Stewart conduct an in-studio interview with Yvonne Foreman, a reporter for the Morning Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, and Sailor Jackson, a photojournalist with WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge. They discuss: journalism not being a glamorous profession; their typical day; the lack of black news anchors in Baton Rouge; how being African American has impacted their coverage of the news; and whether black journalists should be advocates for the African American community.