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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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from Maynard Forum

Allegra Bennett: An Appreciation

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album. Weather Report’s “Boogie Woogie Waltz.” McCoy Tyner’s “Understanding.” Prince’s “1999.” El DeBarge’s “All This Love.” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message.”

Allegra Bennett loved those tunes and many, many more. They were part of her broad and personal soundtrack in 1980s Baltimore where we worked together at The Baltimore Sun and were to become fast friends for the next 30 years.

Her high-octane love of music and having a good time — indeed, a joyful life — were central to her being. She loved having friends over for barbecues and parties in her big backyard on Sequoia Avenue.

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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.

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