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‘Bias Busters’ Class Publishes Cultural Competence Guide

100 Questions & Answers About Indian Americans - GuideWhere do we begin to learn about one another?

Here’s a little story and a little answer.


How to Use Twitter to Go Beyond Your Fault Lines

We often talk to journalists about ways to use Twitter and social media to broaden their understanding and awareness of a wide spectrum of communities. In this article, reprinted with permission, Sarah Milstein talks about the insights gained by listening in on Twitter conversations and provides specific tips on how to go about filling your feed with new voices and new perspectives. The original article can be found here:  "Can Twitter Make White People Less Racist?"  - MIJE Staff


DFM's Steve Buttry talks diversity

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In 2012, Digital First announced that it was undertaking several companywide diversity initiatives, including working with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to create a program that allows all Digital First employees to go through Fault Lines, Maynard’s diversity program.

This comes as overall efforts at newsroom diversity are falling short. Diversity has taken a disproportionate hit as news organizations tried to find a foothold in a rapidly changing technological and business environment.


BrotherSpeak: Exploring the Lives of Black Men

Last month we announced the release of the first video in a three-part series produced with The Washington Post, BrotherSpeak: Exploring the lives of black men. The videos examine fear, love and dreams. The first video explored fear.


Intimidation's Devastating Effects

Scott JohnsonPart of our mission is to help the media tell different stories. Here is an a example, written by reporter Scott Johnson, whose work can be seen on Oakland Effect, an 18-month investigative reporting project funded by The California Endowment and run in partnership with The Oakland Tribune. -MIJE Staff


Entrepreneurs in the Know: Kelly Virella, Dominion of New York, Editor

This is the first in a series of conversations we'll be having with entrepreneurs of color. We will discuss their accomplishments, lessons learned, and advice for budding entrepreneurs. If you have suggestions for people people you'd like to read about and learn from, please contact us at

First up, Kelly Virella! She is the 2011 recipient of a UNITY NewU entrepreneur fellowship and founder of Dominion of New York.  -MIJE Staff


The deal, the mess, and a look ahead

Even as the media has been focused on the fiscal cliff, little coverage has been spent looking at the ramifications for Native Americans. MIJE board chair Mark Trahant looks at newly passed deal with an eye for it means for everyone, including those in Indian Country. - MIJE Staff

By Mark Trahant

For Indian Country the deal is important for several reasons. First, it puts off the sequester until March. That will give agencies, tribes and individuals, time to prepare. The odds are that every federally-funded program will have to shrink and that federal employees will be looking at some kind of furlough in 2013. The deal also keeps  the Special Diabetes Program for Indians going at its current funding level.


Social Media 101 with Mediabistro

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Do you know someone who needs basic training on how to set up and use a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn profile? We can help. Join us for Social Media 101, an online conference and workshop starting January 17.


For Diversity Champion Wanda Lloyd, the Challenges Haven’t Changed

As news organizations tried to find a foothold within a rapidly changing technological and business environment, newsrooms downsized and diversity efforts took a disproportionate hit.

There were 7,400 journalists of color according to the 2006 American Society of News Editors census of daily newspapers. By the 2012 census there were 5,000.


Could Newtown Be for Gun Control What Birmingham Was for Civil Rights?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It seems only realistic to despair that we will ever change America’s stance on guns. Still, let me tell you about Gene Patterson and a column he wrote called “A Flower for the Graves.”

Gene was editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968, and he chronicled those turbulent years in a daily column.  A Georgia farm boy, a Southern liberal, he ached at the cruelty that defined his time and place, and he sought in vain to hasten its end.

Then came the Birmingham bombing.