Oral history interview with John Stevens, 1971


Stevens, John (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with John Stevens, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of John Stevens : oral history, 1971; Oral history of John Stevens, 1971
Henry La Brie's 1971 interview with John Stevens begins with a discussion about the need for a national black newspaper. Next, La Brie asks Stevens what sources and research methodologies he uses in his writing. They discuss cartoons in black newspapers and the specific failures and successes of the black press. La Brie asks about the social role of the black press, Stevens' predictions for the fut ure of the black press, and why the black press had been established. He and Stevens discuss if black press was becoming more representative in its coverage of minority affairs at the time of the interview. La Brie and Stevens discuss what distinguishes the black press from its white counterpart. The interview moves to white readership of black newspapers. Stevens explains how black newspapers' identity gives them a niche in the media market. La Brie asks about the unique challenges facing the black press and its impact on society. The interview concludes with La Brie asking if the black press supplements or substitutes the black reader's news diet.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Journalism--Social aspects; Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc; Journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; African American press; African American journalists; United States Race relations; Stevens, John
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 35 pages
Note (Biographical)
The holder of a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, John Stevens taught journalism at the University of Michigan for thirty years. He authored books and scholarly articles dealing with the misrepresentation of African Americans in the mainstream press. His journalism experience included work for the Star in Terre Haute, Indiana, and freelance work for numerous publications. In 1988-1989, he was a Freedom Forum Fellow in New York. He died in 2005.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on June 10, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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