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CNN Pushes Back on Ted Cruz Allegation

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Texan cites network in spreading falsehood about Carson; reporter fired over fabrications, impersonations; Michael Feeney fund exceeds $20K goal, services set; 10,000 copies of fake, pro-Palestinian N.Y. Times; Danyel Smith, former Vibe editor, joins the Undefeated; . . . Merida: I root for Posties, hope they root for me; Black Lives Matter: Circumventing local media is crucial; media said to downplay Asian American problems; Sinclair establishes $500K scholarship fund for minorities; photographer captures "humanity" of Colombia's FARC (2/3/16)

 

from Maynard Forum

Community Forum Keeps Us Safe

From kitchen fires to downed power lines, community members learned essential safety skills at a Sacramento Voices Community Forum and Town Hall organized by Voices correspondent Marianna Sousa, with assistance from correspondent Kalaisha Totty. The highly successful event was held Jan. 28 at the Sacramento City College Student Center.

“The issue of safety effects all of us, from babies to elders, even your pets,” Sousa told the audience.

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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.

[Link to full article at SPJnorcal.org]