LA Times adds #BlackTwitter reporter
As you may have noticed was heralded in today's Muck Rack Daily, the LA Times just hired a reporter to cover "Black Twitter"--so please offer a warm #MediaTwitter welcome to Dexter Thomas. In his own words, here's Thomas on his new job and background: "Black Twitter is a mix of different things ... Not everyone who follow Black Twitter is black. Just like in the past, a lot of activism happening today has people who have covered these same issues and served as a bridge between larger media outlets and the activists, and many of them have been Asian-American. It’s important to explore the fragments of those who are telling the stories. I’m interested in what blacks, Asians and Latinos are doing offline with this."
There's been some brouhaha on Twitter as to precisely what gives a journalist the chops to report on #BlackTwitter, but as Jamil Smith with The New Republic points out, "I hear that, and that is a concern for this #BlackTwitter beat. But @dexdigi is one hell of a writer."
It would be an understatement to say that we look forward to what Thomas has to teach us on this subject.
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