Black Journalists Mattered, 1944

“New World A-Coming” was a New York radio station WMCA series begun during World War II, based on a book by the same name by journalist Roi Ottley, exploring issues of patriotism and racial prejudice in the United States… including acts of discrimination at home against black American servicemen.

At least two 1944-45 episodes focused on journalists, one describing the African-American press, and the other dramatizing a black reporter’s dangerous assignment covering a trial in the segregated South.

“The Story Behind the Headline in the Negro Press” (April 23, 1944)


“The Negro Reporter” (March 25, 1945):

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Forty-seven episodes of the radio series are available for streaming or downloading at the Internet Archive: New World A-Coming

The borrowable book at the Internet Archive: New World A-Coming by Roi Ottley

An American Radio Works backgrounder on the series.

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This post is a placeholder uploaded from my phone until I have time to write a full description of the episodess linked above.

About Bob Stepno

mild-mannered reporter who sank into computers and the Web during graduate school in the 1980s and '90s, then taught journalism, media studies and Web production, retiring to write and play more music.
This entry was posted in 1940s, civil rights, Drama, historical figures, journalism, Race, racial justice, reporters, stereotypes, true stories, World War II. Bookmark the permalink.

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