With the pullout of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from the Unity: Journalists for Diversity coalition, Paul Cheung, national president of the Asian American Journalists Association, asked AAJA members for feedback before the next Unity board meeting in December.
"The UNITY we knew in 1994 is gone," Cheung wrote on Wednesday. "The newsroom you knew in 1994 is also gone. That's a fact. But the same battles remain, as long as the issue of diversity remains a problem in our industry.
"I personally don't believe retreating to silos will advance our cause for greater diversity. Since July, the alliance presidents have been working on several proposals to fundamentally restructure UNITY — so we can be more nimble, flexible and financially sound. AAJA has taken a key leadership role in coming up with solutions.
"In the coming weeks, we hope to address these critical issues — including revisiting UNITY's mission, finances and governance. . . . "
Rene Astudillo: "UNITY: JOURNALISTS OF COLOR" TO BE AUCTIONED OFF ON eBAY (Satire)
Emil Guillermo blog: Are you ready for Unity Lite? Some thoughts on the Hispanic withdrawal and the future of the minority journalism group once known for its unity
- Tracie Powell, Columbia Journalism Review: NAHJ leaves its umbrella diversity group