Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Pan-African Studies

Committee Chair

Rajack-Talley, Theresa


African American women journalists


This thesis analyzes the experiences and challenges Black female journalists encounter in the newsroom. Using oral history interviews and writings from Black female journalists about their experiences, the researcher identifies a unique set of barriers these women faced in assignments and career advancement. Black Feminist theoretical perspectives aide in understanding how the interlocking oppressions of racism, sexism and classism impacted Black female journalists on three distinct levels: personal level, group or community level and institutional level. The findings reveal Black Female journalists' personal experiences with discrimination propelled them into careers in the media. While on the job, many of them took on the added responsibility of educating their colleagues about Black people in an effort to change and enhance mainstream media coverage of Black issues. The study concludes Black female journalists were able to resist and overcome discrimination in story assignments, job promotion and criticism of their physical appearance, in part, by creating support networks.