It took a lot of guts to run “Brown v. Board of Washingtonian” (3/3). The article certainly succeeded in highlighting the lack of diversity at the Washingtonian as well as at the Washington City Paper and U.S. newspapers in general.
I don’t know what the City Paper audience looks like. I happen to be an African-American woman. Like many people, I read a variety of newspapers because no single source seems to have it all.
For me, what makes a newspaper good is accuracy in its content. The City Paper accomplishes this most of the time. What makes a newspaper great is accuracy plus variety in viewpoints—racial, cultural, socioeconomic, political, artistic, and so on—regardless of the audience.
One day the vast field of journalism will figure out a way to attract and retain talent in all shapes, colors, sizes, and viewpoints. All it takes is some creativity and a lot of commitment. In the meantime, I will enjoy my multiple good newspapers while I continue to search for one truly great one.