Columns Written by Notable Black Journalists

 

Richard Prince's Journal-isms™

Reporter's Persistence Helps Free Inmate

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Even after I retired, this case still bothered me"; Johnson to sell its historic photo archive — Jet app shelved; Jon Stewart asks, where's huge rally for Nigerian victims?; Univision's Ramos turns his focus to the Republicans; . . . columnist says GOP was right to shun Univision; no more "VP/broadcast," "VP/print" for AAJA; Taliban threatens journalists who don't toe its line; Jim Moss, 72, realized dream of becoming publisher; Wonder to produce series on Underground Railroad love (1/23/15)

 

from Maynard Forum

‘Wished I Were White . . . Why Did I Have to Be Born Black?’

from Sacramento Voices

By Burt Clemmons
January 22, 2015

I was about 10 years old when I saw on Jet magazine’s cover the face of Emmett Till, twisted, distorted and beaten beyond recognition. He resembled a monster in a horror movie.

The article said his mother wanted the world to see what his killers had done to her son. She requested an open casket at his funeral, no corrective cosmetics, as if she wanted everyone to feel her pain while she grieved and viewed her son’s pulverized face.

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10 New Things You Might Not Know About Hispanics

It’s smart to stay current. A lot of what folks thought they knew about Hispanics and Latinos is changing. And the picture will continue to change as marketers, demographers and others spend more time researching this growing group, now 17 percent of the U.S. population. This quiz is brought to you by “100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics & Latinos,” published in May by Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. Like any large group of people, research that generally describes this diverse group of more than 50 million people cannot describe any individual. There are all kinds of variations.

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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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