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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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from Maynard Forum

The War Fought by Black Journalists at Home

By Dorothy Gilliam and Jacqueline Trescott

         Many important accounts of the Civil Rights Movement remain hidden, and near the top of that list are the lives of black journalists who recorded the dramatic news as the actions moved from Montgomery, Ala. to Greensboro, N.C. to Selma, Ala.

         In the 1930s, some journalists stole into the South by bus at night to avoid the Klansmen who sent written notices to black newspapers warning that they would “take care of any nigger reporters who stick their nose in our business here again.” Some of the journalists wore overalls and muddy shoes as they carried their wobbly Royal portable typewriters wrapped in brown paper so they looked like a pack of clothes.

          Some reporters also carried false credentials in case local authorities became suspicious of their roles. They often mailed their articles at night, sending them with trusted Pullman Porters on the midnight Illinois Central train heading north, back to the headquarters of their newspapers or magazines.

 
  

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]

 
  

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