Columns Written by Notable Black Journalists


Richard Prince's Journal-isms™

NABJ, NAHJ Approve Joint Convention

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Meeting could assemble most journalists of color Since '08 (7/31/14)


Editors-in-Residence Program | FDP

John X. Miller | Mentor


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John X. Miller is managing editor of the Winston-Salem Journal newspaper, appointed editor in August 2013. Previously, he was the editor of the Hickory Daily Record for three years.

He also was CEO of a Michigan non-profit organization, The Heat And Warmth Fund, for two years before returning to journalism at the Daily Record.

From 1999 to 2007, he was at the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Media Partnership, first as the Free Press' Public Editor, then as the DMP's Director of Community Affairs. His primary responsibilities as Public Editor were writing corrections, handling accuracy, credibility, readership and ethical issues for the newspaper, and he also wrote a column in an ombudsman role.

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from The Front Door Project

Thoughts on Fathers and Fatherhood

Jeff Yang's youngest son, Skyler, custom made father's day card.Sunday is Father’s Day. There are always articles and broadcasts to mark the occasion. Often, fathers of color are barely mentioned. So, here are some thoughts on fathers and fatherhood from some men whose work we admire. - MIJE Staff


from Maynard Forum

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.


What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale and What’s Done Today

We know what we’re taught in mainstream media and in schools is made up. What’s the Wampanoag version of what happened?

Yeah, it was made up. It was Abraham Lincoln who used the theme of Pilgrims and Indians eating happily together. He was trying to calm things down during the Civil War when people were divided. It was like a nice unity story.


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

Maynard Alum Aric Johnson Appointed to New Gannett Post

Maynard Alum Aric Johnson was appointed to his new Gannett post earlier this year.

Johnson attended the Editing Program for Minority Journalists in 1997, as well as the Management Training Center in 2004.


MIJE Webinars

Entrepreneurial Journalism: Trahant as Enterprise

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

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from Jackson Voices

Open Carry: What’s the Fuss

It has been several weeks since the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling in Hinds County prohibiting the open carrying of weapons as outlined in Section 12 of the 1890 Mississippi Constitution.

I must admit I feel “less than intelligent” because I was unaware that I had that right (to openly carry) under our constitution.  I am familiar with my right to protect myself, my home and property under the “Castle Doctrine” law, which was passed by the Legislature in 1998, but I must admit this caught a lot of people off-guard.