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How Media Skew Our Views of Race, Crime

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September 3, 2014

Distortions bolster harsher penalties, study finds; USA Today lays off up to 70 people, half in newsroom; paper seeks to open any Michael Brown juvenile records; N.Y. Daily News to stop using Redskins name, logo; Plain Dealer picks reporters for Cavs, new LeBron beat; story on Sam's shower habits an embarrassment for ESPN; Robin Roberts forms production company; public stations get $6.2 million more for dropout efforts; Sulzberger on honeymoon in his year for diversity (9/3/14)

Distortions Bolster Harsher Penalties, Study Finds

USA Today Lays Off Up to 70 People, Half in Newsroom

Paper Seeks to Open Any Michael Brown Juvenile Records

N.Y. Daily News to Stop Using Redskins Name, Logo

Plain Dealer Picks Reporters for Cavs, New LeBron Beat

Public Stations Get $6.2 Million More for Dropout Efforts

"American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, CPB's dropout prevention initiative, announced Wednesday another $6.2 million in grants to 33 stations and unveiled plans for a third daylong national broadcast produced by New York’s WNET,"Dru Sefton reported Aug. 27 for Current.org.

"The funding targets communities where graduation is especially low among students of diverse races, ethnicities, incomes and disabilities, and where students struggle with limited English skills.

"In addition, 20 stations will receive a total of $200,000 from Newman’s Own Foundation, the late actor Paul Newman’s charity, to bolster outreach for American Graduate–related donations.

"The support is the latest infusion to the initiative that CPB announced with an initial $4.4 million grant in 2011 and ramped up with $20 million and a PBS partnership earlier this year.

"'Education is at the core of public media’s mission,' said CPB President Pat Harrison in Wednesday’s announcement, adding that more than 1,000 organizations are partnering with stations in American Graduate work nationwide. 'We are proud of public media’s content and on the ground engagement that has raised awareness to achieve 80 percent graduation rates nationally and helped America see the potential in every student.' . . ."

Sulzberger on Honeymoon in His Year for Diversity

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., the chairman and publisher of the New York Times who appointed its first African American executive editor this year in Dean Baquet, is honeymooning with his new bride. She is Gabrielle Elise Greene, a partner in an investment firm who is also African American.

The couple were married Saturday on Martha's Vineyard, the Times reported on Sunday.

"The bride, 54, is taking her husband's name. She is a general partner in Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, an investment firm in Pasadena, Calif. She works in New York, where she manages the firm's investments in private companies. She is on the boards of Whole Foods Market and Stage Stores and is a former member of the boards of the Boston Children's Museum and the Boston Partnership, which promotes diversity initiatives. She graduated from Princeton and received a law degree and an M.B.A. from Harvard," the story said.

"Mrs. Sulzberger is a daughter of Patricia Ainspac of Wilmington, N.C., and the late Gregory F. Simms, and a stepdaughter of Robert C. Ainspac. The bride’s mother, a pianist, retired as an accompanist and vocal coach in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She and the bride's father were part of a group that founded Escuela Hispana Montessori, which operates schools in New York. Later, the bride's father worked as the developer of an early reading development program that was published by Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. Her stepfather retired as a history teacher at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J. . . ."

Sulzberger, 62, messaged that the two met at a black corporate directors conference where he was a speaker. The couple were much in evidence at the National Association of Black Journalists convention July 30-Aug. 3 in Boston.

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