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Nitty Gritty: A White Editor in Black Journalism

Ben Burns

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ISBN 10: 1934110027 / ISBN 13: 9781934110027
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Paperback. 252 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.6in.A controversial journalists experiences while working as editor for African American publications based in Chicago This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781934110027

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Title: Nitty Gritty: A White Editor in Black ...

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Binding: Paperback

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A controversial journalist's experiences while working as editor for African American publications based in Chicago

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In Nitty Gritty one of America's most fascinating journalists details his place in the tough world of black publishing and documents the role of black publications in shaping racial pride, in protesting against discrimination, and in giving uplift to a huge segment of America's population. But is a white editor able to direct a black magazine or newspaper? Can a white editor penetrate the black experience and transmit it to America? For more than thirty years Ben Burns faced these challenges. As the first editor of Ebony and the first white editor of the Chicago Daily Defender he played an anomalous role. As editor of America's foremost publications targeted for black readership, which also included Jet, Sepia, and Duke, he struggled to bridge what seemed an impenetrable gulf between black and white thinking. His long association with the African-American press had its origins in his early days as a leftist reporter for the Daily Worker. It took shape during the war years while he was working simultaneously as national editor of the Defender and as editor of Negro Digest, which was to become the first commercially successful black monthly. In recounting his editorial experiences, he details his sometimes uneasy association with his boss, John H. Johnson, the entrepreneur who with legendary success created Ebony from an initial investment of $500 and launched the corporate empire that became Johnson Publishing Company.

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