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Ferguson Prompts More Hatin' on the Media

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prosecutor, protesters single out cable news, social media; TV critics home in on Don Lemon gaffes; news organizations launch; irrelevant story on boy, 12, fatally shot by police?; free after 40 years thanks to Cleveland reporter's digging; Cosby biographer Mark Whitaker apologizes for omissions; 89% of Latino voters support Obama's immigration move; Sierra Leone citizen journalists share Ebola stories; Cronkite School plans degrees in sports journalism (11/26/14)


Editors-in-Residence Program | FDP

Dan Archer | Mentor


Follow Dan on Twitter at @archcomix
and @empatheticmedia

For more of Dan's work visit these sites


Dan Archer is a graphic journalist specializing in human rights reporting with the main goal of using illustrated reportage to shed light on stories that would be hard to cover using traditional media alone (be it text or video/photography). Since 2007 his writing has focused on social justice and human rights, spanning coverage of the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras to human trafficking in Nepal in 2014. He sketches his subjects as he interviews them, to preserve the impact of their stories and bring them to life visually without having to put them in front of a camera, which can often be traumatic. He is working on a broader investigation into homelessness for the San Francisco Public Press. He recently worked with the Maynard Institute and the Entertainment Industries Council on a project to bring improve coverage of the mentally ill. He has a First Class BA (Hons) and MA in French and Spanish from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

Read Evelyn Hsu’s Q & A with Dan, along with a sampling of his art and journalism.


Alex Tizon | Mentor


Follow Alex at @alextizon


Alex Tizon was born in the Philippines, the second of nine children, and raised in the United States. His hometowns included Seattle, New York, Honolulu, and Los Angeles. He attended the University of Oregon and Stanford, and spent two decades as a journalist, first at the Seattle Times, and then the Los Angeles Times. He was co-recipient of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. He has been a Jefferson Fellow and a Knight International Press Fellow. His book, Big Little Man – In Search Of My Asian Self, won the Lukas Book Prize Work-In-Progress Award, and was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014. He teaches journalism at the University of Oregon.



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

Follow Gilbert at @GilbertBailon
Follow #diversitychat #Ferguson @TeamMije


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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