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Richard Prince's Journal-isms™

Bombshell Suit Against "White People" Magazine

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tatsha Robertson, at right, says in her lawsuit that she was "the only Black Sen

Complaint cites story choices, pale Time Inc. leadership; CNN.com's D.C. restructuring means fewer blacks; ACLU says Ferguson events brought setbacks to the press; for next week, the New Yorker's cover is personal; White House said to rely on Sharpton for Ferguson info; Politico hires Eva Rodriguez, a Latina, as senior editor; Washington Post editorial board won't use "Redskins"; "white-on-white murder in America is out of control" (8/22/14)

 

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Virgil Smith | Mentor

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Virgil L. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. He began his media career in 1971 at The Sacramento Bee, where he held a number of positions including circulation manager and personnel director before moving to the Fresno Bee (California) as the director of consumer marketing and chief labor negotiator in 1984. In 1991 he joined the Gannett Company as associate publisher in Stockton, California; and was named president and publisher in 1992 before serving as the assistant to the senior group president of the Gannett Pacific Group in Reno, Nevada. In 1996, he served as president and publisher of the Asheville, Citizen-Times (North Carolina) for ten years. In September 2006 he was appointed Vice President for Talent Management for the Gannett Company; in October 2010, his title was changed to Vice President Talent Acquisition and Diversity. In August 2014, responsibilities were changed to focus on diversity initiatives for Gannett. He has earned numerous professional and community awards, including being named one of the top three managers in Gannett and awarded a Gannett President’s Ring.

 

 
  

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

2014 POLITICO Journalism Institute Summer Session Graduates

The POLITICO Journalism Institute graduated a dozen students last Friday, marking a new effort to diversify the pipeline of young journalists who aspire to cover politics and government.

POLITICO partnered with the Maynard Institute and American University to create the program. Support for the program came from the Knight Foundation.

"Diverse talent; one purpose," is how Melhor Marie Leonor, a multimedia journalist and a rising senior at Florida International University, summed up the ten-day program.

[Read more about the program]

 
  

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