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AAJA Issues Guidelines on Lin Reporting

Story originally published by New America Media.

Last week the Asian American Journalists Association issued a set of guidelines on how and how not to report on NBA sensation Jeremy Lin. The guidelines come after a spate of incidents involving racially charged language by media persoanlities at such high profile outlets as ESPN and FOX. The latest incident involved ice cream makers Ben and Jerry, whose latest Lin-Sanity flavor comes chock full of fortune cookies. The company has since issued an apology and has withdrawn the name.


Why Jeremy Lin Matters: Asian Male Image in the Media

Linsanity TeaserThis story was republished by New America Media.

Pop culture traditionally has painted Asians as awkward, unathletic and never the leading man, like Long Duk Dong from a 1980s film. In just a week, Lin has shattered the stereotype.


Remembering Henry Nxumalo, Pioneer Under Apartheid

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This story was written by Mohamed Keita, Africa advocacy coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). CPJ is a nonprofit organization championing the rights of journalists since 1981. 

Just over 55 years ago, on New Year's Eve 1957, trailblazing South African journalist Henry Nxumalo was murdered while investigating suspicious deaths at an abortion clinic in Sophiatown, a suburb west of Johannesburg.


Media and the Case for Stephen Lawrence

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This story was originally published by Media Diversity Institute. The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) works internationally to encourage and facilitate responsible media coverage of diversity. 


Few national institutions emerge with dignity or enhanced credibility from the Stephen Lawrence murder case, but media have more reason to be cheerful than most.


The Maynard Institute Participates in Media Diversity Best Practices Conference

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Maynard President Dori Maynard sat on a panel to discuss diversity issues in the media Monday for the U.S.-European Best Practices Exchange on Promoting Social Cohesion through Broadcast Media, hosted by the U.S. State Department.


Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention - EXCERPT

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Excerpt from Amy Alexander's new book "Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention." Copyright 2011, Beacon Press


Occupy Oakland Protestors Want More Diversity in Movement

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This story was originally published by New America Media.


Maynard Institute Webinar on Structural Inequity - Survey Now Available

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Welcome to the Maynard Institute webinar on identifying and reporting on structural inequities in health and education.
The one-hour webinar was broadcast on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. It is underwritten by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

View the webinar here


Troy Davis Execution - Suppression of Race Discussion?

Thursday, September 22, 2011


While watching CNN’s Anderson Cooper plow through coverage of Troy Davis’ execution last week, I couldn’t help but think: Where is the discussion of race? Here was a black man convicted of killing a white off-duty police officer, and there were doubts about his guilt.

Race finally reared its ugly head at the very end of the program in the form of a disturbing reminder from CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.


Familiar Patterns of Minority Exclusion Follow Mainstream Media Online

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This story is from the Fall 2011 issue of Nieman Reports, published by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.