Pamela Newkirk
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    Pamela Newkirk is a Nation Institute fellow and a professor of journalism at New York University. She is the author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga and Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, which won the prestigious National Press Club Arthur Rouse Award for Media Criticism. She is also editor of Letters from Black America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Beacon Press), and A Love No Less: Two Centuries of African American Love Letters (Doubleday). Her articles on race, media, and African American art and culture have been published in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, Artnews, Essence, and civil rights blog the Defenders Online.

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Featured Work
  • The Not-So-Great Migration
  • It started as a trickle and has now swelled into a river of prominent African American journalists streaming to black-oriented media.

  • Gerald Boyd: A Man and ‘The Times’
  • A review of My Times in Black and White by Gerald Boyd, the first African-American managing editor of The New York Times.

  • Between the Lines
  • A new book, Letters from Black America, preserves and brings together some 200 letters written by African-Americans, spanning over a century.

Featured Video
  • Pamela Newkirk on new media, Video Nation, March 23, 2010