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- 05/17/12--10:47: Video Producer/Editor
- 05/17/12--12:10: Media Coverage of Reproductive Rights Should Include Women of Color
- 05/17/12--12:26: In the Headlines: The Minority Birth Rate and Donna Summer’s Death
- 05/18/12--18:42: News to Use: The Browning of America
- Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press: Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63
- Patrice Gaines, BlackAmericaWeb.com: Honoring Disco's Pioneer
- Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald: Boston gal Donna Summer became disco 'Hot Stuff'
- Annette John-Hall, Philadelphia Inquirer: Donna Summer, a disco diva who defined an era
- Jeremy Kinser, the Advocate: Donna Summer: The Music Legend Dies At 63
Bob Lefsetz, Lefsetz Letter: Donna Summer
- Frances Martel, mediaite.com: Touré On Donna Summer: Anti-Disco Movement Pushed People To 'Get Back In The Closet'
- Peter Ogburn, FishbowlDC: POTUS Mourns Donna Summer
- Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Last dance for Donna Summer and Chuck Brown
Marc Schneider, Billboard: Rock Hall Blames Voters for Donna Summer Snub, Calls Omission an 'Error'
- Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone: Dim All the Lights for Donna Summer
- Tavis Smiley, "Tavis Smiley Show," Public Radio International: Donna Summer (audio)
- TMZ: Donna Summer: 9/11 Gave Me Cancer
- Jacqueline Trescott, Washington Post: Donna Summer: Intimate and Untouchable, Trying To Cool Her Image (April 3, 1978)
- Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe: Mitt Romney failed to man up on bullying
- Allen Johnson blog, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.: Romney and Ricketts and racial politics
- Jonathan Martin and James Hohmann, Politico: Race issues return with Rev. Jeremiah Wright
- Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: The fight for Hispanic votes
- Sophia Nelson, USA Today: Why Romney should pursue black voters
- Wendy Weiser, Nieman Watchdog: The mean-spirited, massive drive to cut down the vote, state by state
- "Congratulations, Mandalit del Barco, correspondent, national desk, NPR West. Our very important competition has determined yours to be the singular Best Name In Public Radio," blogger Mike Keliher wrote Thursday. "You must have a lot of Facebook friends or something because you turned in a handy whooping against your colleague Yuki Noguchi." Del Barco replied, ". . . Btw, Mandalit comes from one of the love songs in the musical work 'Carmina Burana' (13th century lyrics put to music in the 20th century by composer Carl Orff). My parents were culturally astute and really original and loved the dramatic sound. del Barco is Peruvian."
- "A project exploring diversity and accessibility of media within the greater Los Angeles area is underway at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism," the school announced Thursday. "Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the study is using a national panel of experts to discover new approaches to measuring participation and diversity in communication and media."
- In Philadelphia, "Fox 29 has hired Weather Channel morning anchor Scott Williams as its new chief meteorologist, finally installing a permanent replacement for John Bolaris who left the station in January," Dan Gross reported Thursday for the Philadelphia Daily News.
Chris Broussard, sports analyst for ESPN, and gospel performer Fred Hammond are spokesmen for Ties Never Broken, a campaign by Fathers Incorporated, a New York not-for-profit organization committed to eliminating fatherlessness and increasing the commitment of men to become mentors, Oretha Winston wrote May 5 for elev8.com.
- "Spanish-language television anchor and producer Frank Cairo was charged Thursday with grand theft after he allegedly stole a set of chairs and a carpet from a neighbor in Doral," Alfonso Chardy reported Thursday for the Miami Herald. ". . . According to Cairo's website, he began his television career in 1982 with Telemiami's Juventud Miami Show (Youth Miami Show). He later worked at Telemundo, Univision and Mega TV, and most recently at TV Azteca."
- "According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, 55 percent of black voters in North Carolina 'believe same-sex couples should either be allowed to marry or form civil unions' — an 11-point jump from the last poll conducted on May 6 before the Tar Heel State's primaries," Gene Demby wrote Thursday for HuffPost BlackVoices. "Just a day before President Obama made his statement" endorsing same-sex marriage, "voters in North Carolina went to the polls to approve a constitutional ban on same sex marriage there. Two-thirds of the black voters cast votes in favor of the ban, according to Politico."
- "Yesterday, Adult Swim uploaded a graphic announcing that there will indeed be a season four of The Boondocks," Michael Arceneaux wrote Friday for theGrio.com, referring to Aaron McGruder's newspaper-comic-turned-cartoon- series. Arceneaux said the third season was a disappointment. "Still, at this point even a weaker Boondocks is far more interesting to watch than a bunch of one-dimensional black characters hugging their way through a mundane issue in a fashion eerily similar to episodes of sitcoms that aired 20 years ago. . . ."
- Jenice Armstrong, Philadelphia Daily News columnist, was not impressed with plans announced Monday by Jay-Z, the rapper and entrepreneur, to come to her city on Labor Day. "Not to sound like an old fogy, but hits of his such as '99 Problems' may be catchy, but I can't get with all the b-words and other misogynistic lyrics in Jay-Z's music," she wrote Wednesday. "It felt bizarre to me to see the performer of such awful songs as 'Big Pimpin' ' and 'Girls, Girls, Girls' standing with Mayor [Michael] Nutter acting like some kind of hero. As I watched, I couldn't help wondering whether Nutter and the city officials who arranged the photo op had ever stopped and really listened to Jay-Z's lyrics. A big festival coming to Philadelphia may well be an economic generator, but it still amazes me how people can just let all the other stuff go."
- Referring to events in Syria, Reporters Without Borders said it was "shocked to learn of the death sentence passed today on the citizen journalist Mohammed Abdelmawla al-Hariri for 'high treason and contacts with foreign parties'. He was arrested on 16 April just after giving an interview to the television station Al-Jazeera about the situation in his hometown of Deraa."
- 05/20/12--16:38: Trayvon Martin Documents and Images Get Close Scrutiny
- 05/21/12--11:27: Cory Booker’s “Nauseating” Comment Generates Flurry of Attention
- 05/21/12--12:21: Photog Arrested in Chicago Protests
- Wayne Bennett, the Field Negro: Loose lips sink campaigns.
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: 'Metrosexual Black Abe Lincoln'
- Tim Giago, Indianz.com: Rocky history of Natives and the Mormon Church (April 23)
Allen Johnson blog, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.: Romney and Ricketts and racial politics
Alec MacGillis, the New Republic: The Book On Cory Booker
- Roland S. Martin, Creators Syndicate: The GOP's Sad Infatuation With Rev. Jeremiah Wright
- Bill McKeever, Mormonism Research Ministry: Black Skin and the Seed of Cain
- Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: GOP ad strategist wrong about Wright
- "New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane will leave his position on Sept. 1 of this year, completing a two-year term as in-house watchdog for the paper," Erik Wemple wrote Monday for the Washington Post. When Brisbane took the job in 2010, Jeff Berkovici noted in Forbes magazine that all four of those who have held the position have been white men.
- "Geraldo Rivera doubled down on his new controversial comments about Trayvon Martin during his Sunday show — only to get a fiery reprimand from the lawyer for Martin's family," Benjamin Crump, Jack Mirkinson reported Monday for the Huffington Post. "Rivera — who caused a firestorm in March for saying that Martin's hoodie was as much to blame for his death as George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed him — stirred outrage again on Friday, when he said to Bill O'Reilly that newly released surveillance tapes showed that Martin was dressed in 'thug wear' on the night of his death."
- Adrienne Bankert will co-anchor the "CBS 11 News This Morning," weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m., beginning June 25, KTVT-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth announced on Monday. "Bankert joins CBS 11 from KCRA and sister station KQCA in Sacramento, where she has worked on the morning news team since 2004. For nearly six of those years, she has been a morning and noon news anchor and has hosted the monthly magazine program 'Common Ground.' "
- "Last night was night four of the 'Jeopardy!' 'Power Players' week, which features journalists and Washington D.C. elites playing for charity," Alex Weprin wrote Friday for TVNewser. "The contestants were 'Daily Show' regular and comedian Lewis Black, NBC News White House correspondent and MSNBC 'Daily Rundown' anchor Chuck Todd, and columnist Clarence Page. . . . Todd had garnered just enough of a lead over Page so as he couldn't be caught, even with the wrong answer in Final Jeopardy!, and the result was $50,000 for his charity."
- Syndicated Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. introduced his new novel, "Freeman," before friends, family and colleagues Saturday at the University of Maryland in College Park. Pitts said he was inspired and intrigued by the determination of newly freed ex-slaves to travel long distances to find loved ones from whom they had been separated for decades. "Almost everyone in this book is dealing with the question of who am I in this new reality," he said. "I don't know who you'd walk 1,000 miles for. That is extraordinarily powerful." Among those in attendance from the McClatchy Co., owner of the Herald, was Anders Gyllenhaal, vice president, news and Washington editor.
- In New York, James Crockman, 52, "is the weekend overnight man at Breaking News Network, a service that culls news reports from fire and police radios and sends them as alerts to news media outlets and other subscribers," Corey Kilgannon wrote Friday for the New York Times. "A former warehouse worker, he commutes to BNN’s headquarters in Fort Lee from the Trenton area. From the office, it can be a five-minute drive over the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan, but Mr. Crockman has never made that drive. His New York is a virtual one, created by the crackling chatter of fire and police commanders and 911 operators giving a never-ending narrative of mishaps."
- "Will Smith is in the middle of a press tour for 'Men in Black 3' and got more than he bargained for while in Moscow this week," the Huffington Post reported. "Smith was walking a press line when a reporter stopped him to give him a hug and attempted to kiss him. 'Hey man, what the hell is your problem?' Smith exclaimed, and pushed him away, before slapping the man in the face. 'He tried to kiss me on my mouth!' " (TMZ video)
- ". . . our new process with designers in Nashville, Tenn., and copy editors in Montgomery somehow left a window for an error that led to a page of comics intended for another newspaper — the [News Journal] in Pensacola — instead of our normal page," Wanda Lloyd, executive editor of the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, told readers on Sunday. It was a week of weirdness at the newspaper, she wrote.
- When Liberian journalist Mae Azango wrote an article about the taboo topic of female genital mutilation, she and her 9-year-old daughter became the targets of multiple threats. On public radio's "On the Media," host Brooke Gladstone spoke with Azango about the reporting that forced the Liberian government to finally take a public position on the practice. (audio)
- Ethiopia's new Growth and Transformation Plan "proposes to boldly remake Ethiopia into a middle-income country by 2020 and leave behind a painful history of terror, poverty and two famines in the 1970s and '80s," Benno Muchler wrote Sunday for the New York Times. "The plan foresees change in the business sector, agriculture, infrastructure, health and education. It also proposes the development of mass media and changes in the practice of journalism. Some of those are already happening at the Ethiopian News Agency, the most important news agency in the country."
- In Uganda, Reporters Without Borders Monday called for "the withdrawal of all charges against Daily Monitor correspondent Perez Rumanzi, who was released on bail on 17 May after spending a night in an overcrowded prison in the southwestern town of Ntungamo and being repeatedly beaten by fellow inmates."
- 05/22/12--13:40: Reedsburg Times Press | Reedsburg, WI
- 05/22/12--13:59: New Hampshire Public Radio | Concord, NH
- 05/23/12--01:00: Mayor Booker Stays in the Headlines
- 05/23/12--10:54: Bay Area News Group | Hayward, CA
- 05/23/12--13:55: "Attack Ads," Character Questions in NAHJ Contest
- Michael Meyer, Columbia Journalism Review: The Ford Foundation's unprecedented grant to The Los Angeles Times
- "Hal Jackson, who once had to sneak in through the back door of radio stations and over 75 years made himself into one of the most dignified and important men in black radio history, died Wednesday. He was 96," David Hinckley reported for the Daily News in New York. "The cause of death was not immediately announced. While he had recently been ill, he had remained on the air at WBLS (107.5 FM) doing his 'Sunday Classics' show until a few weeks ago."
- "The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans," David Carr reported Wednesday for the New York Times. [On Thursday, the Times-Picayune confirmed that a new company, "NOLA Media Group will significantly increase its online news-gathering efforts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while offering enhanced
printed newspapers on a schedule of three days a week."]
- "It’s been a while since all heck broke loose in Bell, a working-class, Latino-majority city in southeast Los Angeles County," Leslie Berestein Rojas wrote Tuesday for Multi-American. "In 2010, eight city officials that included the mayor and former city manager were arrested and charged with corruption. . . . The Spanish-language news website LatinoCalifornia.com, staffed by several Spanish-language media veterans, is taking a step back in time and launching a local newspaper — yes, a print newspaper — that it says is inspired by the corruption scandal."
- "In a mix of professional development and outreach, top Latina bloggers were invited to the White House for an initiative by Latinos in Social Media, a nonprofit which is the largest group for professional Hispanics engaged in social media," Adrian Carrasquillo wrote Monday for NBC Latino.
- The Huffington Post Media Group and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Wednesday announced the launch of an Oprah Winfrey section on Huffingtonpost.com, coming in August.
- "The Huffington Post's web television network is coming together," Alex Weprin reported for TVNewser. "Capital New York's Joe Pompeo has details about the service, which is now called 'HuffPost Live,' rather than the more tumescent 'Huffington Post Streaming Network,' as it was originally called. The service is apparently on track for a July launch."
- "CNN has not reacted much to bad ratings before, so another week of distressed numbers may not faze its management," Bill Carter wrote Tuesday for the New York Times. "But the figures for last week were truly bad, deeply bad — the worst for the news network in 20 years. CNN averaged just 395,000 viewers in prime time for the week of May 14, a figure lower than any week of prime-time programming on the network since September 1991."
- "Israeli authorities should release the director of a new Palestinian satellite broadcaster who has been detained since Thursday," the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. "Israeli soldiers arrested Bahaa Khairi Moussa, the general director of the Palestine Prisoner Channel , a news broadcaster based in the West Bank, at his home in the city of Jenin, and confiscated the station's equipment, according to news reports." The channel, which began broadcasting a month ago, features news coverage including reports and interviews with Palestinian prisoners on their status and condition in Israeli jails.
- Although Gloria Campos has renewed her contract at Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-8 until the end of February 2014, the deal includes a pay cut and reduced working hours, Veronica Villafañe reported Tuesday for her Media Moves site.
- Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas will be awarded this year's Percy Qoboza Award, the National Association of Black Journalists said Tuesday. "For more than a decade, the deputy editor of The New Crusading Guide has defied the trend of compliance and apathy among journalists in Ghana by conducting hidden-camera investigations, resulting in legal and criminal action against police, health officials, human traffickers and gangsters. One of his investigations led to the freedom of 17 Chinese sex workers in West Africa."
- "Longtime Sacramento television personality Sharon Ito has announced she is stepping away from News10," Ed Fletcher reported Tuesday for the Sacramento Bee. "Her last day will be Friday. A Sacramento native, Ito has been at News10 for 20 years and in the news business for 30. She began her second stint at the station in 2006. Recently she has been hosting the online telecast."
- "Gwen Ifill was presented with the eighth-annual 'Be More' Award from PBS this week, a prize celebrating individuals in public television who 'embody the spirit of helping Americans to discover more.'" Merrill Knox reported Saturday for TVNewser.
- 05/23/12--21:14: People of Color Fill Supporting -- Not Starring -- Roles
- 05/24/12--10:25: Yakima Herald-Republic | Yakima, WA
- 05/24/12--11:54: Media Portrayals of Black Youths Contribute to Racial Tension
- 05/25/12--19:20: NAHJ Contest Possible After All
- Birmingham News: Birmingham News Editor Tom Scarritt stepping down this fall
Eric Deggans blog, Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times: As New Orleans may become biggest U.S. city without daily paper, I remember lessons about [Times-Picayune] and Hurricane Katrina
- John McQuaid, Forbes: The Digital Future of The Times-Picayune
- Steve Myers and Andrew Beaujon, Poynter Institute: David Simon: End of daily publication for Times-Picayune 'grievous news'
- Rem Rieder, American Journalism Review: An Important City without a Daily Paper
- Brittany Taylor, New York Times Student Journalism Institute: Twitter Responses to Times-Picayune Cutbacks
- Times-Picayune, New Orleans: New digitally focused company launches this fall with beefed up online coverage; The Times-Picayune will move this fall to three printed papers a week
- Tablet Computers Called Newspapers' Future (April 2)
- Joe Dana, KPNX-TV Phoenix: Remembering Andy Harvey (Video)
- Wayne Bennett, the Field Negro: BREAKING NEWS! Mitt Romney touches a black person.
- Linda Chavez, Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Matt A. Barreto, Arturo Vargas, New York Times: Room for Debate: Securing the Hispanic Vote
- Ta-Nehisi Coates blog, the Atlantic: White Resentment, Obama, and Appalachia
- Jelani Cobb, the New Yorker: Conservatives and the Professional Black Friend
- Carlos Harrison, en.terra.com: Romney between a conservative rock and a Latino hard place. Or is he?
- Bob Herbert, theGrio.com: Obama, Romney both shy away from the plight of poor kids
- Steve Peoples, Associated Press: Mitt Romney Faces Tough Questions From Black Leaders Over Education Proposal
- Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Goofy GOP plans against Obama's re-election
- Steve Rendall, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: If GOP Was Anti-Racist, Why Wasn't Buckley a Democrat?
- Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Why Bain questions matter
- Edward Wyckoff Williams, theRoot.com: Will Real Race-Baiters Please Stand Up?
- Flo Anthony, New York Amsterdam News: Radio icon, Hal Jackson, passes at 97
- Statement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Death of Harold B. Jackson
- Marc Fisher, Washington Post: Hal Jackson, black radio pioneer and civil rights activist, dies at 96
- Mark Anthony Neal, NewBlackMan: A Sunday Classic: Thanking Hal Jackson
- Edmund Newton, theRoot.com: End of an Era for Hal Jackson and Radio
Paul Porter, theGrio.com: Michael Baisden is dead wrong about black radio (May 10)
- Mel Watkins, New York Times: Hal Jackson, 96, New York Broadcaster Who Broke Racial Barriers in Radio, Dies
- Barbara Kydd Graves, the wife of the publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine who aided in the growth of the publication and media company, died Friday at Howard University Hospital in Washington. She was 74, Jessica Gresko reported for the Associated Press. ". . . In 2010, in a magazine column commemorating the publication's 40th anniversary, Earl Graves wrote that in the early days his wife 'did just about everything there is to do' to put out a magazine. She wrote and edited, designed layouts, served as the sales director and office manager and 'was vice president in charge of shutting down the publisher's bad ideas,' Graves said."
- "After a series of missteps and false starts, Detroit independent station WADL has decided to scrap its 9 p.m. newscast," Andrew Gauthier reported Thursday for TVSpy. " 'WADL is moving in a new direction, and the news programming will not be a part of its new format,' CEO Kevin Adell announced this week. . . ."
- "At a time when a plethora of new channels and programs are targeting the African-American television audience, a newly conducted survey reveals that the overwhelming majority of these viewers are dissatisfied with their current programming options," Target Market News reported on May 1. "When asked 'are you satisfied with the variety of Black TV programs now on the air?' 97% of the African-Americans who voluntarily participated in the survey said they were not satisfied."
- In San Francisco, "Vern Glenn will begin his duties at KPIX shortly after the US Open, Rich Lieberman reported Thursday for his Rich Lieberman 415 site. "He'll anchor weekends and do reporting during the week, and occasionally fill in for weeknight anchor, Dennis O'Donnell, (who was a producer at KRON during Glenn's tour of duty). More importantly, in Glenn's case, his salary, which was cut in half about two years ago at KRON, will be significantly higher, at least by today's standards."
- "Marcela Salazar is the new Bureau Manager and Senior Producer for CNN en Español’s Washington, D.C. bureau," Veronica Villafañe reported for her Media Moves site. "She’ll report to Willie Lora, who left the position in March to become CNNE's News & Political Director, based in Atlanta."
- Manuel Bojorquez has joined CBS News as a Dallas-based correspondent, the Napoli Management Group announced. "Manuel spent the past five years as a reporter for WSB-TV in Atlanta."
- Former weekend morning weathercaster Rhonda Lee filed a discrimination suit against KXAN-TV in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, Gary Dinges reported Thursday for the Austin American-Statesman. "Now at KTBS in Shreveport, La., Lee, who is black, says she was 'terminated' in August after being 'repeatedly subjected to crude and insensitive remarks about her race.' "
- In Washington, "The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a non-profit legal defense and advocacy organization for journalists, has launched a search for a new executive director," the group announced. "The position, which reports to the Steering Committee, has been filled by Lucy A. Dalglish since January 2000. Dalglish will become dean of the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland on Aug. 1."
- "A review by the state Attorney General into the New York Police Department's secret surveillance operation targeting Muslim businesses and mosques in New Jersey found the NYPD did nothing wrong," Ted Sherman reported Thursday for the Star-Ledger in Newark. Reporters for the Associated Press won a Pulitizer Prize this year for spotlighting the clandestine spying program.
- "Amid continuing political instability following a rebel takeover in the north and a military coup in the capital in March, Reporters Without Borders has compiled the following summary of media freedom violations in Mali during the past three weeks," the organization said Wednesday. "Chaos has reigned in the north since March, but the persistence of media freedom violations in the south, especially the capital, Bamako, is intolerable."
- Stressing concerns of human rights groups about the deterioration of press conditions under the administration of Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, 17 members of the United Nations submitted recommendations to Ecuador on freedom of expression issues before the U.N. Human Rights Council this week, Carlos Lauría reported Thursday for the Committee to Protect Journalists.
- 05/28/12--06:52: Political Coverage Highlights a Host of Issues Related to Race
- 05/28/12--19:41: A Touching Image of Obama and a Boy
- ProPublica: How We Reported Oscar's Story
- John Archibald, Birmingham (Ala.) News: It's not about the Alabama newspaper jobs. It's about the job
- David Carr, New York Times: A Doomed Romance With a New Orleans Newspaper
- Jeff Jarvis, buzzmachine.com: The (not so) daily news
- Sascha Segan, pcmag.com: Why The Times-Picayune's Online Move is Bad for America
- Laura Pollack and Noelle Gilman, MCCCVoice: Prof. Jamal Eric Watson resigns following probe into his credentials and criminal record
- Public Radio International has made available a weeklong series on the role of class around the world that can be accessed via its website. "This series of stories explores these issues through the eyes of a disparate group of individuals: a bank employee in Egypt, a TV producer in Ukraine, an Indian scientist in New Jersey, a farmer in China, a former mineworker in Britain," the network says.
- "The Grouchy Gourmet," a weekly column, "first appeared in my weekly newspaper Indian Country Today in the late 1980s," Tim Giago wrote Monday for indianz.com. "It came about because the newspaper had received several calls and letters from Native American readers explaining how shabbily they were treated in some of the local eating establishments. . . . a weekly [column] dreamed up because of racial prejudice, not only led to better service and treatment of Native Americans, but it also opened up job opportunities for them."
- "CBS has scheduled its next interfaith special, a documentary on AIDS awareness within religious communities, for next month," Merrill Knox reported Sunday for TVNewser. " 'HIV & AIDS: Awareness & Compassion,' examines the small but growing movements within several different religious organizations to fight the stigma of living with the disease."
- A roast and tribute to former Washington Post columnist William Raspberry is planned at the Post building on Tuesday evening, June 26. Proceeds go to BabySteps, a not-for-profit organization that Raspberry founded in his hometown of Okolona, Miss., to teach parents of mostly low-income preschoolers how to help their children succeed in school and in life. Raspberry, 76, wrote a column for the Post from 1966 to 2005 and won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1994. For more information about the roast/benefit, email raspberrybenefit (at) verizon.net.
- Actress Eva Longoria of television's "Desperate Housewives" "actually tried to defend a series she had agreed to co-produce about Latinas cast as housekeepers," Ruben Navarrette Jr. wrote in his column Sunday for the Washington Post Writers Group. ". . . Fortunately, in a burst of good taste and common sense, ABC decided not to pick up the series." Meanwhile, Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, wrote for the Huffington Post Wednesday, "The shows that most Americans watch at night are a serious contrast to our schools, our neighborhoods, and our communities — devoid of a significant minority presence, especially when it comes to Latinos. And the fall TV schedule unveiled last week in New York by the four major networks does little to change that monochromatic landscape, and perhaps will make it even worse."
- "On May 8, freelance reporter Banning Eyre reviewed the new album by a Brooklyn-based band inspired by Peruvian music called Chicha Libre," NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos wrote Friday. "It's easy to imagine that this music was made by lowlife Peruvian musicians in the '60s, tipsy on chicha wine and surf guitar," he said on air. Eyre agreed that "Lowlife was a poor choice of words."
- Political blogger Faye Anderson "is developing a web-based Cost of Freedom app, a one-stop site for voter ID information in all 50 states and the District of Columbia," Annette John-Hall wrote Friday in the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Cost of Freedom not only will give voters the information they need to cast their ballots, but will show them how to get it."
- The International Press Institute said Thursday it was "concerned by news reports that journalists attempting to photograph a visit by supermodel Naomi Campbell to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem were 'harassed' by Palestinian security forces."
- Conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza drew criticism in 2010 with a Forbes cover story that accused President Obama of adopting the cause of anti-colonialism from his Kenyan father. Now "The Roots of Obama's Rage," the book upon which that piece was loosely based, is being made into a documentary film, Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny reported Friday in the New York Times. The film is partially financed by billionaire investor Joe Ricketts, who previously considered financing a multimillion dollar political ad campaign linking Obama to his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The blowback from the Wright idea "has imperiled the Rickettses' hopes for subsidies from Chicago's amusement tax and other largess from the city," Laura Washington wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times. The Ricketts family owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team.
- Curators at the Chicago History Museum are combing through the collection of Eunice W. Johnson, the creator of the Ebony Fashion Fair and co-founder of the Johnson Publishing Co. who died in 2010, to create a March 2013 exhibition. Christina Binkley reported for the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, "Mrs. Johnson didn't shy from cutting-edge fashion, and the trove includes dramatic Pierre Cardin and Emilio Pucci designs from the 1960s and 1970s. There is also a well-known 'Picasso' dress from Yves Saint Laurent, a gown designed by Alexander McQueen during his brief stint as Givenchy's creative director and two Paco Rabanne hot-pant ensembles made of plastic discs."
- Marcus Vanderberg of MediaBistro Wednesday asked freelancer Lola Ogunnaike, formerly of the New York Times and CNN, "How much pitching do you do these days, and what's the key to building great relationships with editors?" Ogunnaike replied, "I don't have to pitch nearly as much as I used to when I was young, because I’ve managed to cultivate some strong relationships with editors along with television producers. I think one of the key things is to make sure they know who you are. That can be as simple as asking them out for coffee or tea or asking them out to dinner and offering to pay for both of those things, which is very important. But it's also just following up with a link to a story that you may have written. . . . " Ogunnaike called the New York Association of Black Journalists' recent award to Beyonce for an Essence magazine essay "an obvious publicity stunt."
- "Police in Ethiopia today detained Peter Heinlein, a correspondent for the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America, along with Simegnish Yekoye, a freelance reporter and Heinlein's interpreter, according to Jennifer Janin, the Africa coverage editor for VOA, and local journalists," the Committee to Protect Journalists reported Friday. "Heinlein and Simegnish were detained while covering a demonstration of Muslims protesting alleged government interference in religious affairs, Janin said."
- A wake for black radio pioneer Hal Jackson, who died last week at 96, is scheduled in New York on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be held at the Frank Campbell Funeral Home, Madison Avenue and 81st Street, Jerry Barmash reported Friday for FishbowlNY. The funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive and 121st Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International/Youth Development Foundation, 1230 Park Ave., PH-A, New York, N.Y.
- "Jeffrey Gettleman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent, says he travels with 'a small militia' whenever he reports from Somalia, the East African country afflicted by armed insurgency, poverty, and hunger," Nicole Schilit wrote for the Committee to Protect Journalists. "As intrusive as the security detail might be, he feels far more fortunate than the local reporters who face sustained and often deadly risks, or the freelance journalists who don't have the extensive support system the Times can provide. Gettleman spoke to a crowd of about 100 at the Half King pub in Manhattan on Tuesday in the first event in the new CPJ discussion series, 'CPJ Debrief.' "
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The birth rate for minorities is outpacing the rate for whites for the first time, but you wouldn’t know it based on coverage decisions on the mainstream sites. Instead of getting stories that give a fuller representation of people with color, readers are treated to the usual chronicles of celebrity, crime and politics.
"The Los Angeles Times will use a $1-million grant from the Ford Foundation to expand its coverage of key beats, including immigration and ethnic communities in Southern California, the southwest U.S. border and the emerging economic powerhouse of Brazil," James Rainey reported for the Times.
"Times Editor Davan Maharaj announced the gift Thursday, calling it 'great news' that will bolster coverage of subjects vitally important to readers.
"A Ford Foundation spokesman said that, as media organizations face challenges funding reporting through advertising and traditional revenue streams, 'we and many other funders are experimenting with new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.'
"The Times plans to use the two-year grant to hire journalists who will focus on the Vietnamese, Korean and other immigrant communities, the California prison system, the border region and Brazil. Maharaj said that although The Times already covered those beats, the reporting was typically done by journalists who also had other responsibilities. The five new reporters will provide more robust coverage of those topics."
". . . Ford Foundation spokesman Joe Voeller said the nation's second-largest foundation would consider extending the grant beyond two years. The Foundation and Times editors said the money comes with no strings attached and the newspaper will have complete editorial control over the new reporters and their coverage."
The surprising death of pop star Donna Summer, who rode the 1970s disco wave to prominence, was worldwide news. But the hometown paper can provide a perspective that no one else can, and so it is with the editorial in the Boston Globe for Saturday, "Donna Summer’s powerful voice was the soul of Dorchester." Editorial Page Editor Peter Canellos told Journal-isms it was the result of a "combination of all of the ideas" in Friday's editorial meeting, attended by six staff members.
"Every dance track on the radio today, every wedding that ends with the anthem 'Last Dance,' owes a debt to Donna Summer, the Dorchester-born singer and songwriter who died this week at 63," the editorial began. "Summer's big, smooth, confident voice, honed through years of singing gospel as a child at Grant AME Church in the South End, helped catapult her to stardom. As a singer and a lyricist, Summer channeled emotion and empathy. To generations of young people in dance clubs, her songs represented power, sensuality, and freedom.
"Summer also represented Boston, though that wasn't always known to the larger world. To many people outside New England, the image of the Boston music scene is bound up with white artists such as Aerosmith, the Cars, or New Kids on the Block. Summer was as much a product of her hometown, if not more so: a symbol of the many urban children who grow up singing, and never stop. She visited her old church over the years and sang at the 2004 World Series. As recently as 2010, she raised money for Action for Boston Community Development, the antipoverty agency that provided her with services as a child. In 2008, Summer told the Globe that Boston 'is a part of me.' The opposite is just as true, and always will be."
In 2005, the Carnegie Foundation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation created a national initiative led by five of America's leading research universities. The goal was to advance the U.S. news business by helping to revitalize schools of journalism.
"This was before Facebook got big," Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at Knight Foundation, explained in a May 11 speech before a conference of journalism educators. "Before Twitter, Instagram, Groupon or Pinterest. Before the iPhone or the iPad. Before the largest collapse in American newsroom history, with vanishing local journalism jobs totaling more than 15,000," Borderzine reported.
"Radical change requires radical reform," Newton said at the "Journalism Education in the Digital Age" conference at Middle Tennessee State University. "The digital age is turning journalism and communication upside down and inside out. It should be doing the same to journalism and communication education. You tell me: Is it? Has your program turned upside down and inside out?
"In my opinion it should, if you want to ride the four transformational trends demonstrated by Carnegie-Knight schools, and all top tier schools. To be relevant in the future, here’s what universities should do:
"1. Expand their role as community content providers. University hospitals save lives. University law clinics take cases to the Supreme Court. University news labs can reveal truths that help us right wrongs. Based on the teaching hospital model, they can provide the news people need to run their communities and their lives.
"2. Innovate. No longer must you be the caboose on the train of American media. You can be an engine of change. You can create both new uses of software and new software itself. Anyone can create the future of news and information. Anyone includes us.
"3. Teach open, collaborative methods. No longer must students be lone wolf reporters or cogs in a company wheel. In small, integrated teams of designers, entrepreneurs, programmers and journalists, students learned to rapidly prototype news projects and ideas.
"4. Connect to the whole university. This can mean team-teaching a science journalism class with actual scientists. Or creating centers with engineers or entrepreneurs. Or diving so deeply into topic expertise our colleagues at Harvard call it, as they did for Carnegie-Knight, 'knowledge journalism.' "
The initiative is formally called the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.
The Capital Press Club, founded in 1944 in the nation's capital when the National Press Club did not accept black journalists as members, lately has been an organization of marketing, public relations and other "communications professionals." But Hazel Trice Edney, its new president, told Journal-isms this week, "The strongest aspect of my vision is to return the historical Capital Press Club to its original mission and purpose."
". . . the CPC was initially founded by journalists. As stated in the original history, there is still 'very important unfinished business of American democracy — civil rights and equal opportunity.' "
Edney was elected by the press club board April 19 and took office on May 1. She is president and CEO of Trice Edney Communications, editor-in-chief of Trice Edney News Wire, former editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and Blackpressusa.com and former interim executive director of the NNPA Foundation.
"Although we will continue to include strong membership and networking opportunities for all disciplines in the media/communications field, we are currently working to draw professional journalists back to the organization in order to re-establish the balance," she told Journal-isms by email.
"We are also discussing a long-range vision of expanding nationally. I have already reached out to Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Denise Rolark Barnes and other journalists . . . who I hope will serve as advisors on some of these matters. I also intend to form a group of CPC journalists who will specialize in interviewing high-level government officials, etc., such as President Obama — breaking barriers that have either never moved or seem to have been reset by forces of habit or antiquated policies."
According to a news release, "The new leadership team also includes First Vice President Robyn Wilkes, Director of Communications, Greater Washington Urban League; Second Vice President Sherrie Edwards-[Lassiter], Senior Account Manager, Campbell and Company; Treasurer Joan Davion of The Davion Group; Immediate Past President Nyree Wright, Senior Vice President, MSLGROUP Americas; and [Derrick] Kenny, who is also Digital Media Manager, Montgomery County Office of Cable and Broadband Services." Kenny is press club president emeritus and owner of Bold American Marketing.
"The Obama administration Friday morning continued its headlong attack on the right of reporters to protect their confidential sources in leak investigations," Michael Calderone and Dan Froomkin reported for the Huffington Post.
"Before a panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, a Department of Justice lawyer argued that New York Times reporter James Risen should be forced to testify in the trial of former CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling, who is charged with leaking classified information to Risen about a botched plot against the Iranian government.
"Rather than arguing the specifics of the case, DOJ appellate lawyer Robert A. Parker asserted that there is no reporter's privilege when a journalist receives an illegal leak of national security secrets."
"One of the moments in the 2012 presidential race that we all know was coming arrived this week: the Obama campaign launched its first round of attacks on Mitt Romney [video] over his tenure at Bain Capital," Jay Jones reported Friday for Columbia Journalism Review.
"Unsurprisingly, there was a swing-state emphasis to the offensive. In addition to new TV commercials and a website targeting 'Romney economics,' the President's people organized news conferences in three battleground states — Iowa, Nevada, and Ohio — using labor leaders and prominent Democrats to attack the record of the presumptive Republican nominee. Their focus was Stage Stores, a chain of clothing stores that filed for bankruptcy and reportedly shed 6,000 jobs after Bain sold most of its interest in the company at a huge profit in the late 1990s.
"The Obama campaign's strategy also posed a challenge for reporters at local media outlets: Would they take the story served up on a silver platter, or get deeper into the complexities and provide the necessary balance? A look at some of the coverage shows a mixed response."
"Louisiana is the world's prison capital," Cindy Chang wrote Sunday for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, beginning an eight-part series.
"The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana's incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran's, seven times China's and 10 times Germany's.
"The hidden engine behind the state's well-oiled prison machine is cold, hard cash. A majority of Louisiana inmates are housed in for-profit facilities, which must be supplied with a constant influx of human beings or a $182 million industry will go bankrupt.
"Several homegrown private prison companies command a slice of the market. But in a uniquely Louisiana twist, most prison entrepreneurs are rural sheriffs, who hold tremendous sway in remote parishes like Madison, Avoyelles, East Carroll and Concordia. A good portion of Louisiana law enforcement is financed with dollars legally skimmed off the top of prison operations. . . .
"Meanwhile, inmates subsist in bare-bones conditions with few programs to give them a better shot at becoming productive citizens. Each inmate is worth $24.39 a day in state money, and sheriffs trade them like horses, unloading a few extras on a colleague who has openings. A prison system that leased its convicts as plantation labor in the 1800s has come full circle and is again a nexus for profit.
"In the past two decades, Louisiana's prison population has doubled, costing taxpayers billions while New Orleans continues to lead the nation in homicides.
"One in 86 adult Louisianians is doing time, nearly double the national average. Among black men from New Orleans, one in 14 is behind bars; one in seven is either in prison, on parole or on probation. Crime rates in Louisiana are relatively high, but that does not begin to explain the state's No. 1 ranking, year after year, in the percentage of residents it locks up."
Evidence from the investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin dominates the day’s homepages. There’s also more coverage of Donna Summer’s death.
The Florida State Attorney’s Office has released video of Trayvon at the 7-Eleven, his girlfriend’s statement, photos of George Zimmerman’s injuries and the autopsy report.
Sometimes, what the mainstream sites don’t consider homepage worthy is as intriguing as what is selected. When the President announced his support for same-sex marriage, the follow-up spotlight was aimed directly at blacks. Today however, there’s no mention of the NAACP’s support for same-sex marriage. Instead, the attention is on political reaction to Newark Mayor Cory Booker description of the Obama ads attacking Bain Capital as nauseating. And, mixed in with all the daily celebrity news, there’s a report on wrongful convictions but with nary a mention of race.
When the National Association of Black Journalists pulled out of the Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc., coalition last year, some convention supporters said they would not be part of NABJ's stand-alone convention, scheduled for this coming June 20-24 in New Orleans.
NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr.'s own employer, the New York Times Co., was one of them. Lee works at the Boston Globe, a New York Times Co. property. The Globe will be at the convention, he said, but Desiree Dancy, the parent company's vice president, diversity and inclusion, told Journal-isms then, "We are supporting Unity. We're disappointed in the fact that NABJ pulled out of Unity and yet this is a time where the organizations are needed to come together more than ever."
Asked Monday how registrations and sponsorships are in place a month from the convention, Lee gave Journal-isms this statement; by email:
"I am happy to report that the 2012 NABJ Convention planning is going well. Because we are in the middle of processing registrations while closing out the pre-registration deadline which ends Friday, I am not releasing any registration counts at this time. However, I am pleased to say that our hotel room block is nearly sold out with almost 3400 room nights booked to date. Our Career Fair and Exhibit Hall is sold out completely and our sponsorship levels have already exceeded our 2011 numbers. We could not ask for more.
"Journalists and vendors are excited about the convention. If the hotel bookings and vendor participation [are] any indication, this year will be another exciting year. I can say with certainty that our volunteer convention and programming chairs, and their committees, along with our staff are working day and night to ensure that members are enthused about registering and attending this year's convention."
Unity Journalists, the new name for the reconfigured Unity coalition, did not respond Monday to a similar request for a report on the progress of its convention, scheduled for Aug. 1-4 in Las Vegas. On a floor plan for its exhibition space, red areas appear to show spots that have been sold, yellow those "reserved" and blue those unsold. (Move mouse over the areas to see specific sponsors).
[Onica Makwakwa, executive director of Unity Journalists, said by email on Tuesday, "With regards to the convention, at 70 days out, we are about 60% to our overall projected goals for revenue. We have a registration deadline in 37 days so it's a little premature to tell where our attendance numbers will fall."]
"A remarkable essay has been published on the Village Voice website," Richard Horgan wrote Sunday for FishbowlLA. Under the headline 'Tupac Shakur, the Los Angeles Times, and Why I’m Still Unemployed: A Personal History by Chuck Philips,' the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist details for the first time his version of the events leading up to, and following, March 26, 2008.
"That's the day The Smoking Gun exposed as fake court documents referenced in a Calendar front-page story by Philips about a 1994 assault in Queens, NY on rapper Tupac Shakur. He says it was not his idea to web-publish and liberally source the FBI-302 documents, but rather that of his LAT editor and the paper’s lawyer. Philips also accuses the paper of failing to properly support one of their own by refusing to litigate against the target of his piece (and subsequent accuser) James 'Jimmy Henchman' Rosemond:
" 'Lawyers and editors rejected my recommendations, arguing it would be foolhardy to fight the case. The Times refused to defend the story in court. Instead, the paper crafted a retraction that sounded as if I had made up the entire story and sneaked it into print behind management's back, without the knowledge, consent or guidance of senior editors and lawyers directly involved in its publication. . . . ' "
The Voice reported that the L.A. Times replied in a statement, "We retracted Chuck Philips' March 17, 2008, article concerning an attack on rap star Tupac Shakur because we learned that documents and sources he relied on didn't support the article. Specifically, supposed FBI documents regarding the 1994 attack on Shakur turned out to be forgeries. The man who supplied the documents, James Sabatino, also provided significant additional information that was included in the article, attributed to an anonymous source. As Chuck and his editors later discovered, what Sabatino had told him was fabricated.
"Under these circumstances, we had no alternative but to acknowledge the mistake, apologize to our readers and retract the article. Nothing has happened since then to warrant withdrawing or revising the retraction. No new information has emerged that bears on the mistakes for which we apologized and which we retracted."
"As recently as five years ago, I was gnashing my teeth because the television networks catering to Hispanics in the U.S. were offering only Spanish-language programs, further isolating a population that many Americans thought didn’t care about fitting in enough to bother learning the language," Esther J. Cepeda wrote for NBC Latino.
"Today I fear the pendulum is swinging too far to the other side. I worry that the proliferation of advertising, entertainment and news organizations hoping to engage predominantly English-speaking Hispanics will also isolate a continuously assimilating community from a mainstream that seems to view Latinos as newcomers who don’t quite want to blend into the crowd.
"The list of news and entertainment companies jumping into bilingual or English-only programming aimed at Latinos is long and ever-growing, the two most recent examples being Cosmopolitan magazine and Univision-ABC News. . . ."
"Rush Limbaugh took a significant ratings hit in some key radio markets last month in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy, Dylan Byers wrote Monday for Politico.
"The conservative radio host's ratings fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demo in New York City, 31 percent in Houston-Galveston, 40 percent in Seattle-Tacoma, and 35 percent in Jacksonville, according to a selection of the March 29-April 25 Arbitron ratings provided by an industry source.
"Limbaugh's detractors attribute the losses to a rejection of the show following his controversial comments about the Georgetown law student.
" 'Clearly Sandra Fluke isn't the only one who didn't like Rush calling her a "slut" given how many viewers that comment incinerated,' one radio insider said.
"But defenders say that what looks like a decline actually represents a leveling out following increased attention from the controversy. In late March, Limbaugh boasted that his ratings had increased by as much as 60 percent in the month since he had called Fluke a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' on air."
Two weeks ago, David Hinckley of the Daily News in New York quoted Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey, as saying the spring's advertiser boycott of Limbaugh over the Fluke controversy cost Cumulus Media "a couple of million dollars." Cumulus owns just 38 of the more than 600 stations that carry Limbaugh, suggesting that the impact of the boycott was much greater.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told reporters that a proposed ad featuring the Rev. Jeremiah Wright would be the "wrong course." (Video)
"CNN political analyst Roland Martin says the GOP will make Mormonism's treatment of African-Americans fair game for criticism if it [pursues] a new line of attack against President Obama's ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright," Dylan Byers reported Thursday for Politico.
"The new proposal, commissioned by conservative billionaire Joe Ricketts, aims to link Obama to Wright's controversial statements about race relations. But Martin said the proposal is one Romney, whose own religion has historically excluded African-Americans, would want to avoid.
" 'If Ricketts wants to do that, if the GOP they want to do that, you're now putting Mormonism on the table. You're now putting on the table how African Americans were treated by the Mormon religion,' Martin said. 'I don't think Mitt Romney really wants to have that conversation, considering he was an elder and his dad was an elder, and they really did not embrace African Americans. It is a ridiculous conversation.' "
As Beth Fouhy and Philip Elliott reported Thursday for the Associated Press, ". . . Romney pushed back against a proposal being weighed by a conservative super PAC, Ending Spending Action Fund, to run a $10 million ad campaign drawing attention to racially provocative sermons Wright delivered at a church Obama attended in Chicago. But with super PACS operating under significantly looser campaign finance restrictions than in past presidential contests, there was no guarantee Romney's words would be heeded by other groups eager to make Wright — and, by extension, race — a factor in the campaign.
" 'I want to make it very clear: I repudiate that effort,' Romney told reporters after a campaign stop in Florida. 'I think it's the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign. I hope that our campaigns can be respectively about the future and about issues and about vision for America.' "
ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith received the "Saturday Night Live" treatment over the weekend in an impersonation by Jay Pharoah, who is in his second season on the NBC show. Pharoah is most known for his impressions of such celebrities as Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and Kanye West. (Video)
NHPR broadcasts across New Hampshire on seven transmitters and four translator stations. NHPR also provides live streaming of its programming online and offers audio podcasts of its locally-produced stories and programs.
Cory Booker’s criticism of the Obama campaign’s attack ad continues to trend, as the Newark mayor and Democrat keeps trying to explain what he really meant to say. There’s something about Booker on nearly every site.
The Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune, is seeking reporters to join a newsroom digital team that reports, writes, shoots and shares breaking news with readers who use our web, mobile, SMS, email, social media and print platforms.
Five black sports journalists were laid off at USA Today on Wednesday, staffers told Journal-isms.
They are: G.E. Branch, assignment editor; J. Michael Falgoust, NBA reporter; Gene Farris, web and video editor; Gary Graves, NFL reporter; and Dixie Vereen, design editor.
Branch was a USA Today founder, joining the operation in 1982. He worked there until 2004, returning full time in September. He started as a copy editor but worked the majority of his time there as an assignment editor. Farris started at USA Today in 2005, arriving from the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal as international edition sports editor. Graves has been an NFL writer at the paper since 1997 and covered motorsports since 2001. Falgoust has been an assignment editor since 2000 and an NBA writer since 2010.
Eric Fisher and John Ourand of Street &Smith's SportsBusiness Daily reported:
"USA Today Sports Media Group has enacted a significant restructuring of its editorial roster that has resulted in the departures of about a dozen veteran staffers of the media outlet, including sports business and media writer Michael McCarthy and 'Game On' blogger Tom Weir.
"Company officials declined to say how many staffers overall were affected in the move. But ultimately, the company's sports editorial staff is expected to post a net increase, particularly with the arrival later this year of its joint venture with MLBAM," the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball.
" 'This process was about redefining and reimagining Sports and the roles within it to create a center of excellence and build a great sports franchise,' said USA Today Sports Media Group President Tom Beusse. 'With this new structure, we are now well-positioned to operate in a 24-7 digital environment. This is a major step forward.' "
The TV One series "Find Our Missing," "an hour-long, docu-drama series that puts names and faces to people of color — young and old — who have disappeared without a trace," has won the Best Practices Award of the National Association of Black Journalists, the group announced on Wednesday.
"The Best Practices Award is given to a news organization for exemplary work in covering issues of great significance to the black community or the African Diaspora," the group said. " '[Find] Our Missing' fits the bill.
"This series counters the media's tendency to not focus on missing people of color. Local outlets in these cases usually make a good effort to publicize these stories, but the cases rarely rise to the level of national media attention. 'Find Our Missing' allows us do something about that," said NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr. in a news release. "TV One deserves this recognition for making sure these stories get told."
Jacqueline Trescott, a reporter in Washington for 42 years and for more than three decades at the Washington Post, is leaving the newspaper at the end of June, she told Journal-isms on Wednesday.
Trescott was an active member of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in the 1970s and 1980s. She served as director of the Summer Program for Minority Journalists in 1982 and 1984, and worked several summers as an instructor.
Trescott's departure — she took a buyout in 2006 but remained at the paper on a contract basis — adds to the disproportionate number of journalists of color leaving the Post this year after accepting buyout offers.
"It has been a rewarding career going from typewriters to computers to blogs and tweets," Trescott said, "but no matter what the format or platform, the coverage of celebrities, writers, entertainers, exhibitions and a broad line-up of talented and interesting people behind the scenes in museums and arts agencies, has been unsurpassed fuel for a daily reporter."
For the last 20 years, Trescott has covered the arts news beat at the Post, which includes the Smithsonian museums, the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art, as well as the federal cultural agencies and oversight committees on Capitol Hill. The coverage has ranged from breaking news to features to investigative reports. She, along with Post reporter James V. Grimaldi, was a finalist in the Freedom of Information Act Award category of the Investigative Reporters and Editors contest in 2009 for a series of stories on the Smithsonian Institution. Grimaldi recently took a buyout and moved to the Wall Street Journal.
Trescott said she plans to stay in the Washington area.
"Expect to see and hear and read media types dissect this bit of news: the Ford Foundation has donated $1 million not to charity but to the for-profit Los Angeles Times," Joe Mathews wrote Monday for KNTV-TV, the NBC station in the San Francisco Bay area.
"The donation is designated to cover the costs of hiring reporters to cover Southern California communities, prisons, immigration, as well as to post a correspondent in Brazil.
". . . The collapse of the business model for media makes such foundation support incredibly important to sustaining quality coverage. But the trend also is a cause of concern.
"Even as someone who knows the work of these foundations and some of their staff, I have very little sense of how these organizations work, how they set their agendas, who their [decision makers] are, how they exercise power, how they interact and make deals with powerful officials and institutions.
"The public knows even less than I do. That's because California media don't cover foundations and their work routinely, [aggressively] and critically. . . . "
Davan Maharaj, editor of the Times, did not respond to a request for comment.
Clark Howard, left, Isha Sesay and Ryan Smith are principals on HLN's "Evening Express." (Video)
"HLN is launching a new late afternoon/early evening program called 'Evening Express,' " Alex Weprin reported Wednesday for TVNewser. "As the name suggests, the format is based on the channel's successful morning program, 'Morning Express with Robin Meade.'
"The show will originate from Atlanta and will air from 5-7 PM, beginning Monday, June 4. Ryan Smith will host the show, joined by Clark Howard and [Isha] Sesay, who joins HLN from sister network CNN. Angie Massie will serve as EP," executive producer.
Two of the three on-air principals are black. Smith, a sports and entertainment lawyer with a degree from Columbia Law School, was a familiar HLN on-air presence in 2011 as a result of his reporting during the Casey Anthony and Conrad Murray trials. Sesay is an anchor for CNN International, hosting the daily news program "CNN NewsCenter" and weekly program "BackStory," and serving as the nightly "360 Bulletin" correspondent on "Anderson Cooper 360°".
Scot Safon, who heads HLN and is executive vice president of CNN Worldwide, was last in this column in September after he participated in a conference on diversity hosted by the American Society of News Editors. "The idea of diversity driving innovation is really, really important," Safon said.
The mainstream narrative focuses on controversy and celebrity and fails to show people of color in assertive and active roles. Consider the report about the psychologist who wants to exterminate “young black thugs,” or the GOP image makeover around the Civil Rights Movement, or the sentencing of a white supremacist who injured a black official in Arizona with a bomb. All reference people of color as supporting players in examinations about white umbrage over race.
The Assistant City Editor helps direct news coverage by the Yakima Herald-Republic, the primary source of local and regional news for Central Washington. Responsibilities include working with reporters, and assisting the City Editor and Coordinating Editor in planning and editing news coverage for print and online publication. The Assistant City Editor is a member of the City Desk team.
Thomas Peele, author of "Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist," In conversation with Earl Caldwell.
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Times-Picayune, Ala. Papers Scale Back Print Editions
USA Today Says It's Adding in Sports, Not Subtracting
Andy Harvey, Navajo Ex-Television Journalist, Dies at 35
New York Times Fills a Void: a Black Sports Reporter
Tara Wall Joins Romney as Senior African American
Hal Jackson Death Makes Next Day's Amsterdam News
"The Times-Picayune, a 175-year-old fixture in New Orleans and a symbol of the city's gritty resilience during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, has buckled under the pressures of the modern newspaper market," David Carr reported Friday for the New York Times.
"Advance Publications, owned by the Newhouse family, said Thursday it would scale back the printed edition to three days a week and impose staff cuts as a way to reduce costs as well as shift its emphasis to expanded online coverage.
"The decision will leave New Orleans as the most prominent American city without a newspaper that is printed every day. But it also reflects the declining lure of the paper as a printed product. In 2005, before Katrina struck, the paper had a daily circulation of 261,000; in March of this year, the circulation was 132,000."
Other Newhouse papers followed. "Three of Alabama’s largest newspapers, The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and the Press-Register in Mobile, will drop daily circulation this fall and distribute printed editions three days a week," the Associated Press reported on Friday.
"Meanwhile, all three will put new emphasis on their al.com website.
"The three newspapers will be delivered to homes and sold in stores on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
"Cindy Martin, president and CEO of al.com, said rapid advances in how readers engage news content is driving the change and should 'position us to be a healthy, growing company.'
"Employees of three Advance Publications newspapers were informed of the changes Thursday morning and were told there will be unspecified staff reductions. Employees said they had been hearing speculation about a big announcement for a couple of weeks, but the scope of the announcement was a surprise. All expressed concern for the future of their jobs in the restructured publications."
"It's never fun to let go of employees, and it's even less fun being portrayed as the bad guy on Twitter and elsewhere," Ed Sherman wrote Friday for the Sherman Report.
" 'It's a difficult process. I’m not getting around it,' said Dave Morgan, the editor-in-chief for USA Today's sports group in an interview Friday morning.
"A total of 15 sports staffers were trimmed this week, including Michael McCarthy, who wrote on sports media, Tom Weir, Tom Pedulla and Mike Dodd."
As reported in this space on Wednesday, the 15 also included five black sports journalists: G.E. Branch, assignment editor; J. Michael Falgoust, NBA reporter; Gene Farris, web and video editor; Gary Graves, NFL reporter; and Dixie Vereen, design editor.
Sherman continued, "Morgan said the moves were made as part of a reorganization of the USA Today sports group among its many platforms, and that includes a dramatic upcoming renovation and upgrade of its website.
" 'This is about us resetting our priorities and redefining our roles going forward,' he said.
"Among key points, Morgan stressed, 'This isn't a cost-cutting exercise. We're probably adding 20 positions over where we started.'
"He said this move isn't a case of dumping old, expensive journalists in favor of young, cheap journalists." Sherman published a Q-and-A with Morgan.
Andy Harvey, a Navajo former television journalist and board member of the Native American Journalists Association, was found dead early Thursday in his Phoenix apartment, police said. He was 35 and had worked since March as senior public information officer for the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education. Diné is the Navajo word for "Navajo."
Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said that foul play was not suspected and that the case was referred to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office. "We're considering it as a death unknown," Thompson said by telephone.
Mark Casey, vice president and news director of Phoenix's KPNX-TV, known as 12 News, said Harvey worked there from 2006 to 2011 and brought a special perspective. "He looked different. He was a Native American," Casey said. "He had hair down to his waist that he would pull back into a ponytail. He was over 6 feet. He was a warm figure, and he loved to go home," to the Navajo reservation. "He was always pitching stories about the tribe and the reservation."
Casey said he told Harvey to bring back stories about life on the reservation. "Give us a look at something that many of us don't experience. We miss that perspective. I wish he was still with us and with 12 News," Casey said.
Harvey's tenure overlapped with that of another Native reporter, Mary Kim Titla, a San Carlos Apache who worked at 12 News for almost 20 years. She ran for Congress in 2008 and is now pursuing tribal office.
"What Andy had and Mary Kim has is a real . . . public affairs sense of responsibility for their communities, a sense of public service," Casey said. "They see journalism as public service. They get it.
"He was real gifted in dealing with everyday people," Casey said of Harvey. "He was able to get people to trust him, and so he was able to get those stories, very good."
According to the Radio Television Digital News Association, Native Americans comprised .4 percent of the broadcast television workforce [PDF] in 2011.
Asked about prospects for another Native journalist at his station, the news director told Journal-isms, "There aren't many Native American journalists who are doing large-market television news." But, he said, "I would love to have another Native American journalist."
Harvey was born and raised on the Navajo reservation near the Four Corners area in Shiprock, N.M. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a master of arts in rhetoric and composition and a bachelor of science in broadcast journalism.
He worked at KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Ariz., on the floor crew, doing production and on-air work before leaving for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D., where, Casey said, "He was all over the place."
Harvey wrote on his KPNX profile, "I had dreams of becoming a nurse like my mom, but decided to go into broadcast journalism. I did, however, work as a certified nurse assistant for two years while in college. I had a great opportunity to hike up Mount Rushmore while working as a reporter in South Dakota. Not too many people can say they stood on a president's head," the Navajo Post reported.
Harvey was ending his first three-year term on the NAJA board, NAJA said in a statement. He was a member of NAJA student projects in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2000 and was recently a mentor for NAJA student projects in St. Paul, Minn., in 2010. He was elected to the NAJA board during the 25th annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2009.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Casey said journalists interested in working at KPNX-TV should go to 12news.AZCentral.com and click on the "Jobs" tab. The applications "come right to me," he said.
The New York Times will have a black reporter in its sports section again, columnist William Rhoden notwithstanding. Nate Taylor of the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., told Journal-isms that he has accepted a job in the department under a program that hires young reporters on a probationary basis.
A section that once had six African American reporters was left with none in March when Jonathan Abrams departed after three years to join Grantland, a startup website backed by ESPN.
Sports Editor Joe Sexton did not respond to messages from Journal-isms, but Taylor told Journal-isms by email, "I will be an intermediate reporter in sports with the New York Times through its 8i program. I will be covering a variety of sports. I'll start the new job June 18."
Doree Shafrir of the New York Observer wrote of the 8i program in 2007 when the Times hired Brian Stelter, then 21, as a media reporter. "Mr. Stelter was hired under The New York Times' '8i' program, which for years hired young reporters on a probationary basis, rotating them around usually to several different desks and then opting to make them permanent (union) employees if they proved themselves," she wrote. "No one was expected to start in the program with a specialty already developed (at least, developed to Times specifications)."
According to a brief N&O bio, Taylor is a sports reporter at the News & Observer and sports editor for the North Raleigh News and the Midtown Raleigh News. He has written for the Boston Globe, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and his hometown newspaper, the Kansas City Star. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2010 and is a 2009 Sports Journalism Institute alumnus.
Tara Wall, a former newscaster, Republican National Committee senior adviser, George W. Bush appointee, conservative columnist and deputy editorial page editor for the Washington Times, was hired recently as a senior communications adviser to the Mitt Romney campaign to handle outreach to African Americans, Nia-Malika Henderson and Philip Rucker reported Thursday for the Washington Post.
"Mitt Romney's campaign team has been quietly laying plans for an outreach effort to President Obama's most loyal supporters — black voters — not just to chip away at the huge Democratic margins but also as a way to reassure independent swing voters that Romney can be inclusive and tolerant in his thinking and approach," they wrote.
Henderson and Rucker described Wall as the most senior African American on Romney's team, reporting that she "spent this week meeting with other top advisers crafting an outreach plan."
They quoted Wall: "From a messaging standpoint, we need to be able to communicate and relate to these communities about how they are being impacted by Obama's policies. It's the right thing to do, and it's an important part of the process. It's not a ploy, it's not a tactic, it's part of who we are. We have to show up."
Perry Bacon Jr. added for theGrio.com: "In an interview with theGrio, Wall said her role would not be just outreach to blacks, but women and other groups, as well as shaping Romney’s overall communications strategy."
"Wall created, executive produced and hosted a talk show for the CBS affiliate in Detroit called 'Street Beat,' a weekly, half-hour political affairs program featuring top lawmakers, political, community and business leaders. As a reporter, Wall produced numerous investigative, series and documentary pieces. She was first to uncover and exclusively report the infamous 'Mayor's Memo' story that involved Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and governor-elect Jennifer Granholm in 2002."
When Chuck Brown, the "godfather of go-go music," died a week ago Wednesday, the news came too late to make that week's black newspapers. But when black-radio legend Harold "Hal" Jackson died at 96 this Wednesday, the weekly New York Amsterdam News was able to lead its Thursday edition with it.
"We found out at 5 p.m., Elinor Tatum, editor in chief and publisher, told Journal-isms. "Our deadline to be in the printer is 7 p.m." While Tatum was trying to reach reporters, she received an email about the death from entertainment reporter Flo Anthony and asked Anthony if she could write a story quickly. She did.
Overall, people of color are still featured in mainstream stories about celebrities, sports and crime. But race is a strong issue in campaign coverage. From low-income whites’ skepticism of President Obama, to GOP contender Mitt Romney’s visit to a Philadelphia charter school, to the President’s efforts to woo Asian-American voters, race is playing out in the campaign. Here’s a look:
ProPublica, Radio Show Team on Story of Massacre
Times-Picayune Staffers Updating Resumes
Right Wing Stokes Stories of Black-on-White Crime
Jamal Watson Resigns From College Teaching Job
ABC News Offers Fellowships in Diversity Program
"Thirty years ago, at the height of the civil war in Guatemala, a group of government soldiers led an assault on the northern village of Dos Erres, massacring more than 250 men, women, and children," David Abel reported for the Boston Globe.
"They left just two survivors: two light-skinned, green-eyed young boys.
"Last year, more than a decade after he moved to Framingham to seek work, Oscar Alfredo Ramírez Castañeda received a call from his hometown in Guatemala that would change his life.
"The 32-year-old father of four learned that he was one of those two survivors, and that he had been kidnapped and raised by the family of one of the commanders who led the raid on Dos Erres.
"He also learned that there was another survivor who happened to be away from the village on that bloody day in 1982: his father.
"The slaughter in Dos Erres was one of 600 mass killings in a 36-year-long war that left more than 200,000 people dead.
" 'Before, I thought the guerrillas and the army killed each other in the war. But I didn't know that they massacred innocent people,' Ramírez Castañeda told ProPublica, a nonprofit online news site, which on Friday published a long story titled 'Finding Oscar: Massacre, Memory, and Justice in Guatemala'. 'I imagine there is a connection between the violence of the past and the present. If you don't catch these people, it keeps spreading. People do whatever they want.'
"The story, a version of which also aired this weekend on the radio program 'This American Life,' recounts how Ramírez Castañeda is coming to terms with his true identity."
"This American Life" noted: "This story was co-reported with Sebastian Rotella of ProPublica, Ana Arana of Fundación MEPI, independent journalist Habiba Nosheen and This American Life producer Brian Reed. Their essay 'Finding Oscar,' which is accompanied by a timeline, slideshow and character guide, can be read at propublica.org and is also available as an eBook. Annie Correal helped with research and translations."
"Individual meetings with Times-Picayune employees, at which they will learn whether they have lost their jobs or will be offered new positions with the new NOLA Media Group, are set to begin in about a week — probably starting Monday, June 4 or Tuesday, June 5, according to sources with knowledge of Advance Publications' plans," Kevin Allman reported Sunday for Gambit, an alternative newspaper in New Orleans.
"Many newsroom employees spent their Memorial Day weekend updating resumes, obtaining copies of their clips, networking by telephone and social media and following job leads in New Orleans and elsewhere.
"At the meetings, Advance, which owns The Times-Picayune, will reportedly offer severance packages to some employees, while tendering job offers to others. Job descriptions will likely be revised, and those who receive offers to stay will likely have to reapply for the new positions within the newly created NOLA Media Group."
". . . If you've spent much time consuming conservative media lately, you've probably learned about a slow-burning 'race war' going on in America today," McKay Coppins reported last week for BuzzFeed. "Sewing together disparate data points and compelling anecdotes . . . conservative bloggers and opinion-makers are driving the narrative with increasing frequency. Their message: Black-on-white violence is spiking — and the mainstream media is trying to cover it up.
"This notion isn't necessarily new to the right, which has long complained about stifling political correctness in the media and the rising tide of 'reverse racism.' But the race war narrative has gained renewed traction during the Obama years, as various factors — from liberals' efforts to paint the Tea Party as racist, to the widely-covered Trayvon Martin shooting — have left conservatives feeling unfairly maligned, and combative.
". . . The conservative media's in-your-face reporting of black-on-white crime is a sort of demonstration project — a rebellious response to decades of fielding charges of racism from the cultural elites who run the mainstream press. . . ."
Jamal Eric Watson, a former executive editor of the New York Amsterdam News, has resigned as an assistant professor of English at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, the college president told Journal-isms on Friday.
The Mercer County prosecutor's office had taken over an inquiry related to Watson, the Times of Trenton, N.J., reported in March. But the Times also reported then, "Neither the college nor law enforcement officials will say exactly what allegations have been levied against Watson."
Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, the college president, said in a statement to Journal-isms, "Mr. Eric Watson has resigned from Mercer County Community College as of May 18, 2012. The investigation has ended."
Watson told Journal-isms by telephone that he did not consider that he had resigned. "I did not have tenure. I was on a year by year" contract. "You serve at the pleasure of the college. My contract ended in May." Asked what he planned to do next, Watson said, "The same thing I've been doing for the last seven years," apparently a reference to his freelance work.
In 2006, Watson pleaded guilty to a felony charge of third-degree grand larceny after being accused of cashing checks made out to Amsterdam News summer interns.
ABC News has announced a new fellowship program "to attract and develop aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds for a rigorous and rewarding year-long opportunity," Michelle Levi wrote Thursday for ABC News.
"Starting this July, future news leaders will rotate through several ABC News departments and broadcasts while mastering editorial, production, and newsgathering skills. Participants from a variety of racial, ethnic, socio-economic and geographic backgrounds will work closely with an experienced ABC News mentor."
ABC News is accepting applications for a July 2 start date.
As a question for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Les Suzukamo, a business reporter covering technology, energy and local media for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn., was asked, "What do you love most about being Asian American?"
Suzukamo told Paul Cheung of the Asian American Journalists Association:
"As an Asian far from the coasts, I have often felt conspicuous here in Minnesota. You can't hide, but that was a good thing for a shy person like me. It forced me to grow and establish myself and to help define the idea of what is 'Asian.' The outsider status that Asians have long held on the mainland actually helped prepare me for journalism, where we journalists are usually outsiders looking in."
A Q-and-A with Suzukamo was the May 17 entry among AAJA's profiles for the heritage month. Suzukamo was a founding member of AAJA's Minnesota chapter.
MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall told ebony.com that she is among journalists who have a responsibility to educate younger black women about the negative aspects of hip-hop.
Hall said to Kristin Braswell, "I do believe more women in positions of spreading information such as journalists have to find a way to connect with younger Black women and say 'look, I have TI on my iPhone and I love Jay Z and even Young Jeezy, but some of these messages the music sends has got to be balanced in your head, because this is not a way of life.'
"This notion that you can have everything you want if you can drop it low enough and the objectification that we're seeing I believe adds to low self-esteem in women which can sometimes contribute to domestic abuse. Then some women find themselves in situations where they are too afraid to leave or unable to find support.
"We are presented with a unique situation in the Black community in that we have embraced the beauty of hip hop, the real rawness of it, the real fun of it, but we also have to address the damage it has done. We have to look at what it's done to our black girls, especially when it comes to domestic violence."
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is seeking an Executive Editor for the national News21 program, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.