By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – From a steady state of obscurity to impending closures, that’s been the general state of ethnic media organizations during this pandemic. I have had the honor of taking part in a conversation with fellow journalists and publishers in February on the state of community media groups which was organized by the Center for Cooperative Media of the Montclair State University.
The podcast titled ‘The State of Media in New Jersey 2021 series’ was anchored by Alexandra Hill. The six participant journalists, myself included, unanimously said that advertising revenues have dipped thus slowing down operations. To this date, ethnic media are still largely on a survival mode.
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Our conversation with ethnic and community media organizations in New Jersey included Jongwon Lee of The Korea Daily, Kleibeel Marcano of Reporte Hispano, Lazslo Bartus of Amerikai Népszava, Kaushik Amin of Gujarat Darpan, Marivir Montebon of OSM! Magazine, and Raymond Tyler of The Light on WTTH 96.1 FM.
One of the main takeaways from this session was that many ethnic and community media outlets simply don’t receive the kind of resources and support that they need to properly meet some of the critical information needs that their respective communities have. The pandemic has made this worse.# (Featured photo is from the Montclair State University.)