Columns Written by Notable Black Journalists

 

from Maynard Forum

Dori J. Maynard, longtime champion of diversity, died Tuesday, Feb. 24

Dori J. Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard institute for Journalism Education and longtime champion of diversity in journalism and civic life, died Tues., Feb. 24, at her West Oakland home. She was 56. Maynard advocated tirelessly for the future of the institute and its programs, reminding all that the work of bringing the diverse voices of America into news and public discourse is more vital than ever. Under her leadership, the Institute has trained some of the top journalists in the country and helped newsrooms tell more inclusive and nuanced stories. New programs are empowering community members to voice the narrative of their own lives. On the morning of her death, she was discussing plans with a board member to help the institute thrive and to attract funding to support that work.

 
  

Richard Prince's Journal-isms™

FCC's "Open Internet" Vote Praised, Panned

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hispanic journalists rejoice — Rainbow PUSH not so much; Bay Area News Group to tweet Dori Maynard service; Obama becomes interviewer for NPR's StoryCorps project; Holder won't give Fox an interview, defends Sharpton ties; in poll, only 35% say Bill O'Reilly is trustworthy; more checking census box for both black and white; Dallas columnist backs idea for memorial to lynchings; demographic shifts point to increasing Native voting power; American blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh (2/27/15)

 

from The Front Door Project

Journalists’ Biases Must Be Part Of Frank Conversation on Race

By Karen M. Turner
January 15, 2015

Every January when I offer my online course, “Race and Racism in the News,” I ask students to list and briefly analyze media coverage of their three most important race-related stories from the previous year. When they do this exercise this month, they will have a plethora of stories from which to choose.

The tone was set for 2014 on Jan. 19 with the outrageous and controversial backlash after Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who had just made the play of his life, “ranted” on air to Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews. Criticism of the then 25-year-old, including vitriolic tweets, laid the foundation for the media’s sometimes mediocre job in subsequent months on a story clearly about race and young men of color.

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from Dori Maynard

How Sherman 'Rant' Could Help Change Coverage of Black Men

On a friend’s Facebook page, a commenter contended that the Richard Sherman controversy was just a sideshow. More important, she wrote, we should be focusing on the push to roll back civil rights.

Yes, a football player talking trash after a game should be a sideshow. And, according to Deadspin, when white athletes such as Brett Favre act up, it is exactly that.

In Sherman’s case, though, an argument can be made that it is the main show, with very familiar themes.

 
  

from Grapevine

MIJE Board Member and Voices Co-Founder Wins Distinguished Journalist Award

Martin G. Reynolds of Digital First Media receives the SPJ NorCal Board of Directors’ Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. Reynolds is senior editor for community engagement and training for Bay Area News Group and Digital First Media, western region.

[Link to full article at SPJnorcal.org]

 
  

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