Nikki Usher on 'News for the Rich, White, and Blue,' and how place and power distort journalism in America

07.08.2021 - By Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter

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Nikki Usher shares insights from her new book "News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism." Usher, an associate professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign​, says "quality journalism" is increasingly reaching affluent and urban consumers at the expense of others. Plus, "the people who still trust American journalism are overwhelmingly liberal," she says. But the journalism itself "really perpetuates existing power structures, leaving a lot of those 'blue' readers fundamentally unsatisfied." She discusses how subscription business models exacerbate these trends and offers some "proposals," like making journalism "more inclusive."

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