Columns Written by Notable Black Journalists


Richard Prince's Journal-isms™

J-Group Sees Future in Techno-Color

Monday, September 29, 2014

Online news assn. conference makes strides in diversity; "Segregation Now" series wins twice at ONA awards; Holder seen as the "race man" Obama didn't want to be; Knight Foundation gives CUNY $1.2 million for diversity; Calif. media not editorializing on Confederate flag curb; MSNBC, contributor Goldie Taylor part company; sports editors seek applications for management candidates (9/29/14)


Editors-in-Residence Program | FDP

Gregg Birnbaum | Mentor


Twitter chat Wednesday, October 1st, 2 pm ET
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Gregg Birnbaum is a deputy managing editor. Gregg, 50, brings over 25 years of experience as a reporter and editor in the political arena. Before joining POLITICO in January 2011, Gregg served as the political editor of the New York Post, supervising the paper’s coverage of national, state and city politics, and prior to that he was a reporter for six years in both the Post’s Albany and City Hall bureaus. From 2005 to 2008, Gregg also created and managed, a ground-breaking website devoted to coverage of Hillary’s Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He has worked as a political reporter for the Times-Herald Record in Middletown, N.Y, and the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Ind., as a capitol correspondent based in Indianapolis. A Washington, D.C., native, Gregg is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass, and holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.



Tom Ballantyne | Mentor


Twitter chat Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2 pm ET
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TOM BALLANTYNE  is a career and transition counselor and coach with more than 25 years of experience in helping people find their right livelihoods.  He is currently with the Bay Area Career Center in San Francisco. His practice centers on successful transitions for job seekers and career changers. Tom was previously a senior consultant for Torchiana, Mastrov & Sapiro, the largest independent career management solutions firm in Northern California.  Before joining TMS, he was director of the Graduate Business Career Center at San Francisco State University.  Before transitioning to the counseling field, he was an executive recruiter in San Francisco. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University.



from The Front Door Project

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor, Gilbert Bailon, Talks Ferguson Coverage on #diversitychat

Gilbert Bailon (Photo: Twitter)


Our conversation is scheduled for:
Tuesday, September 30, 2 p.m. Eastern

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For two months, Ferguson, Missouri, and the killing there of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, has been a national and international story.
The death of Brown has driven the conversation on numerous topics: police misconduct, the right to protest, the media depiction of black men, and racial disparities in economic and political power.
On Tuesday, the Maynard Institute will host a chat with Gilbert Bailon, editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about how he and his staff covered these events in that nearby suburb, what they’ve learned, and coverage going forward.


from Maynard Forum

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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After “Selfie” at Mandela Service, More Stereotyping of First Lady

Media coverage of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela was inclusive — up to a point. That this one South African had changed minds and changed the world was clear during scenes from the service broadcast around the world.

But when that big story was overwhelmed, then reduced to President Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and first lady Michelle Obama’s reaction to the president’s picture-taking with two other heads of state, it was business as usual.


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

Nolan McCaskill Awarded POLITICO Reporting Fellowship

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nolan D. McCaskill has been awarded a one-year POLITICO reporting fellowship to cover political and congressional news starting next year. He  recently participated in the POLITICO Journalism Institute for college students, a joint program of POLITICO, the Maynard Institute and American University. He is scheduled to graduate from Florida A&M University in December.


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Friday, April 26, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

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