Many people would have worked in work spaces where you are the only minority. But imagine working in such an area and then having that organisation comment daily on minority issues.

That is exactly what happens in newsrooms across the country.

Raheem Sterling may well have pointed out one of the most embarrassing race issues of present-day Britain. 

Newspapers treat minorities differently and they will continue to do so until we change how journalists are recruited and also how newspapers look to garner audiences.

Newsrooms have serious problems with diversity and it is not going to get better anytime soon.

Journalism remains one of the most discriminate professions in the country. The lack of Asian and black journalists working in newsrooms across the country should have been a cause for concern many years ago. It has been pointed out on these pages in the past.

But the fact is, we have mainstream newspapers who are quick to highlight the hypocrisy of other organisations but fail to look at themselves. 

Having a diverse workforce who can challenge perceptions should have been an aim within journalism decades ago but no real effort was made. 

I can name on one hand the number of Asian journalists working within newsrooms. To find those who have an influence through editorial conferences on what is actually printed is even more embarrassing.

Some would blame dwindling audiences within the print media for a lack of opportunity. But in many newsrooms attitudes towards minorities have not changed in decades.

Titles such as The Times, The Mail, The Telegraph, The Express and The Sun are still very much stuck in a post-war Britain nostalgia and this comes across in how these titles report the news about minorities.

What happens to those individuals who do get the chance? Are they then expected to tow the line and report in the same vein? It certainly seems so.

And what would you want to join an organisation who then prints content with a specific aim to attract a certain type of audience?

I do not expect this to change any time soon.

At local level some journalists working in towns with a high Asian populations are finding that their audiences have changed but they still want to sell the tried and tested content.

The sad fact is Asian and black crime is reported differently to white crime because journalists still feel they are writing to a white audience. No fault,of their own some might might suggest but this culture is inbred into journalism.

A common theme also questions how minorities gain their wealth and then how they then spend that wealth which was highlighted by Raheem Sterling when he pointed out the difference between how the lives of two young footballers was reported.

It is clear that some newsrooms have been forced to change how they report on minorities and that is due more to necessity than will.

The BBC drama ‘Press’ recently showcased the lives of journalists working in two fictional newspapers. We had an female Asian editor. I did say it was fictional didn’t I?