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Norris Leaving NPR to "Grow" Race Project

December 17, 2015

Host says effort might expand beyond journalism (12/17/15); recycled Baltimore images — how true?; Editorial: Despite mistrial, "damaging" testimony emerged; critics say GOP debaters putting fear on ballot; FBI denies terrorist couple posted openly about jihad; "PBS NewsHour" spotlights "stagnant' newsroom diversity; NPR news, information staff Is 77.6 percent white; DuPonts honor pieces on Michael Brown, immigration; documenting Chinese who are adopted, living in U.S. (12/16/15)


Host Says Effort Might Expand Beyond Journalism

Michele Norris, co-host of NPR's "All Things Considered," with Quinn O'Toole, managing director, NPR West, and deputy national editor. (Credit: NPR/file)

Story Makes Case for More Action on Same-Race Crime

The Washington Post weighed in on the debate that pits those who speak up about deadly police violence against civilians and others who argue that more emphasis should be given to intraracial crime.

"Video released last month that shows a police officer killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald with 16 bullets ignited passion on the streets of Chicago. Protesters disrupted shoppers along the famed Magnificent Mile, the city's police chief was fired, and the Justice Department launched an investigation into racial disparities in officers' use of force,"Michael A. Fletcher reported on the front page of Saturday's print edition.

"Three months earlier, when 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden was cut down by a stray bullet as she did homework in her Ferguson, Mo., apartment, the response was different. There were no protests or demands that city officials step down. The night after her death, demonstrators in nearby St. Louis took to the streets, setting fire to a vacant house and a car — not in response to Jamyla's death, but to protest the police shooting of a young black man in the back during a drug raid.

"The contrasting responses have put the goals of some community leaders at odds with those espoused by groups such as Black Lives Matter, who have seized the political moment with loud protests calling for less-aggressive policing and more accountability for law enforcement. Some political and religious leaders say that what's needed is an equal public outpouring over the severe crime that continues to plague many communities. Compared with the reaction provoked by a police shooting, they said, response to street violence is too often muted, fragmented and brief. . . ."

Fletcher went beyond the complaints to suggest solutions.

He also wrote, "Some neighborhood and political leaders here and elsewhere . . . say bands of demonstrators could occupy crime hot spots in neighborhoods, press local officials for a greater police presence, or march until there was a political imperative to provide more services such as recreation and after-school programs that can steer young people away from crime. Or they could plug into existing anti-crime groups that are starved for manpower and support. . . ."

DuPonts Honor Pieces on Michael Brown, Immigration

"St. Louis station KMOV, Baltimore's WBAL and Raleigh, N.C.'s WRAL are all being honored with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award,"Chris Ariens reported Tuesday for TVSpy.

"KMOV's Craig Cheatham and team are being honored for their investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown and the criminal justice system in and around St. Louis in the hour-long, commercial free documentary The Injustice System.

"WBAL's Jayne Miller is being honored for her investigative work on the death of Freddie Gray. 'Her exemplary reports raised important questions about probable cause, police policy, and accountability,' the judges found. 'Miller asked probing, smart questions and followed up with clear analysis of a fast changing story.'

"WRAL reporter Leyla Santiago and photographer Zac Gooch are being honored for their series Journey Alone, about the surge in illegal immigration and the unaccompanied minors who made their way to North Carolina. . . ."

Documenting Chinese Who Are Adopted, Living in U.S.

"I wanted to tell the Chinese audience how the Chinese adopted live in America," Meng Han told Rena Silverman for the New York Times "Lens" blog, "and what kind of lives they have and what is different."

Han, a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland, left China in the spring of 2014 to study English.

A senior photojournalist at Beijing News, Han "sought out families through an online advertisement," Silverman wrote Wednesday, "and the first response came surprisingly enough from Cheryl Wu, a second-generation Chinese woman who had adopted her daughter from China's Jiangxi Province.

"Ms. Wu had taught children with special needs in Washington, D.C. 'My job is to look after handicapped children,' she said, 'so I always hoped to adopt a child from a Chinese welfare house and take care of her myself.”

"Ms. Wu introduced Ms. Han to a network of families with adopted children who often got together for parties and other occasions. Over about a year, she met some 30 families in 10 states, some through word of mouth, others when a nonprofit organization wrote about her project in a newsletter, and still more through a school where families brought children to learn Chinese and Chinese dance. . . ."

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