What journalism can learn from Michelle Obama’s response to the Meghan & Harry interview

Screenshot from the interview with Michelle Obama in The Today Show by Jenna Bush Hager.

What Michelle Obama is actually saying

  • Meghan and Harry put the spotlight on themselves where they should have put the spotlight on the people they serve.
  • And even though it’s not easy to live a life in public service, there are ways to protect yourself and apparently, Meghan and Harry didn’t find the right help to do so.
  • Besides that, Obama rightfully concludes that racism isn’t new, which is actually saying that Meghan and Harry might have been a little naive.
  • She refers to the fact that it’s obviously sad to experience racism within your own family and that it’s important to learn from that experience together.
  • What I read in her comment between the lines here is that it’s more powerful to work together with your family to solve the problem instead of accusing them and walking away.

No room for people who downplay racism

We can’t build policy on personal experiences alone

The media diversity debate has the same characteristics

The focus on mental health in journalism is related

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Sanne Breimer

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Exploring the solutions to the lack of inclusion in journalism, focusing on decolonising journalism and discussing whiteness, Eurocentrism and objectivity.

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