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PressPad ambassador’s hard-hitting blog on lack of diversity

Posted on: June 25, 2020 by Ian Murray

Journalist and PressPad ambassador Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou has revealed why she has persevered in an industry that she says she has lost faith in many times due to lack of diversity.

In a hard-hitting blog for the PressPad website, Lee-Zogbessou asks the question: ‘In the face of advertisty and all-white newsrooms, why am I still pursuing journalism?’

Lee-Zogbessou, a content editor and part-time freelance journalist with bylines in Black Ballas, Cosmopolitan, Independent Voices and more, says she has carried doubts about the industry since the beginning of her career.

But she explains why she is using her negative experiences to fuel change.

Lee-Zogbessou writes: “Admittedly, I have lost faith in the journalism industry, the industry I work in, countless times. Statistics, my own personal experiences, the experiences of other journalists within my community and the behaviour of mainstream media have all contributed to this loss of faith.

“And, who can blame me? I am a black British woman who has been a journalist for a few years, and I make up a very small minority of the industry, 0.2% in fact. I’ve worked hard to get where I am but each day, I am reminded I have a very long way to go. My foot is in the door, but at times I have felt like pulling it away.”

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