How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Should there be more reporters of color covering immigration?

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American Apparel clothing company CEO Dov Charney is interviewed during an immigration rally in Los Angeles, Sept. 24, 2008.

A new study that analyzed front-page newspaper stories covering the 2012 election since the beginning of this year has found the majority of those stories to be written by non-Latino white reporters. 

Which is not a news flash exactly. As much as many media outlets have tried to diversify their newsrooms, their shortfalls have been well-documented. But one interesting aspect of this study was that it breaks out different coverage areas, including immigration — an issue of high sensitivity for those who are foreign-born or of immigrant descent.

Even on that beat, almost 95 percent of the immigration-related stories were written by white reporters, according to the study. Less than one percent of the stories, respectively, were written by Latino or Asian reporters.

The data was compiled by the The 4th Estate, which is related to the media analysis company Global News Intelligence. It looked at front-page stories in 38 of the "most influential print media" in the U.S. For stories related to the 2012 presidential election, the analysis found 93 percent of them written by white reporters. Asian American reporters wrote 4 percent of the stories, black reporters wrote 2.1 percent, and Latinos wrote 0.9 percent. 

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