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Curry Quits Ailing Black Press Group

Monday, October 5, 2015

Competition from digital media forces staff pay cuts; black journalist scores with reports from Afghanistan; "News One Now" loses 36% of viewers in shift to 7 a.m.; NAHJ delays vote on full rights for nonjournalists; ESPN buys out remainder of Whitlock's contract; ESPN's Smith ratchets up war of words with Durant; AAJA gets $230,000 to revamp leadership program; J. Whyatt Mondesire, Philly leader and journalist, dies at 65; Pamela Yip, personal finance columnist, dies at 59 (10/4/15)


from Maynard Forum

Evelyn Hsu Appointed Executive Director of Maynard Institute

“Evelyn Hsu is a champion for diversity in journalism and the right leader for Maynard at this important junction. She brings to the office a sense of history about the organization as well as a keen sense of how we move forward in the digital era,” said Mark Trahant, chair of the institute’s board of directors. [Read more]

Martin Reynolds to Lead Maynard Strategic Planning Project

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is proud to announce appointment of Martin G. Reynolds, Bay Area News Group senior editor, to a 12-month fellowship to lead the institute through a strategic planning and implementation process. [Read more]

Maynard Institute adds new board members

The organization also announced this week the addition of three members to its board of directors:

  • Debra Adams Simmons, vice president of news development at Advance Local and a 2016 Nieman Foundation Fellow.

  • Dickson Louie, principal, Louie & Associates, CPA, and visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management.

  • Kevin Merida, managing editor, The Washington Post.

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.

[Read more]


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.

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