How ethnic media producers constitute their communities of practice: An ecological approach

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Almost 60 million Americans regularly get their news and other information from ethnically targeted television, radio, newspapers, and websites (Allen, 2009). However, there is little research on ethnic media producers. Data collected in group discussions with media producers serving a variety of immigrant populations in Los Angeles were analyzed to investigate how they negotiate and develop their professional identities. Husband's (2005) work on ethnic media newsrooms as communities of practice provided an explanatory framework for how respondents managed professional constraints resulting from their managers' priorities and limited institutional resources. Moreover, though, we found that respondents were deeply influenced by ecological forces beyond their workplaces - specifically, by their encounters with mainstream media producers and organizations, mainstream society institutions, and the ethnic communities they serve. How respondents negotiated challenges to their professional identities sheds light on changes in the US media landscape and civil society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-944
Number of pages19
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


  • Communities of practice
  • Ethnic media
  • Immigration
  • Mainstream media
  • Media ecology
  • Media organizations
  • Professional identity
  • Professionalization
  • Race/ethnicity

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