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Team Obama "Kicked . . . Far Younger Butts"

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Friday, May 8, 2009
updated May 10

Reggie Love, in Chicago Bulls shirt, played basketball with then-candidate Barack Obama nearly every day during the campaign. On Saturday, he was sporting a Band-Aid on his chin after his team lost to Obama's. (Credit: Courtesy of the New York Times)In Black Enterprise's "Pool" Report, POTUS Got Game

The growing access of the black media in the Obama White House was illustrated with humor on Saturday when Black Enterprise magazine became the print media's eyes and ears, relaying the president's activities for the White House pool report. It was a first for the black-owned and -oriented business publication.

Reporter Joyce Jones filed reports on President Obama's entourage heading for a game of basketball at Fort McNair in southwest Washington, and the president's triumphant return to the White House. His team faced one assembled by his body man, Reggie Love, who once played football and basketball for Duke.

"Apparently the president and his team kicked their far younger butts on the court beating them in 3 out of 5 games of 21. Reggie muttered he might need stitches," she wrote. 

Jones told Journal-isms she was subbing in the rotation for Kevin Chappell of Ebony and Jet magazine, broadening the diversity of the pool. 

Filing pool reports, asking questions at news conferences and gaining exclusive interviews are only part of the job of covering the White House, of course.

In general, the new reporters from the black press have not been able to make much news since they have been on the beat, and some veteran black journalists argue that the black press should be more vigorous than anyone in holding the first African American president accountable.

But that doesn't mean they can't have fun.

"The motorcade began preparing to leave the White House at 12:37. While waiting for takeoff, we spotted Reggie Love and a group of about five young men getting into one of the vans dressed like they're going out for a game of hoops," the first pool report began.

"After holding in the vans for 15 minutes, we began rolling at 12:52. The motorcade headed down 17th St, siren-free, arriving eventually at Fort Lesley J. McNair. POTUS, wearing black sweatshirt, black sweatpants and Chicago White Sox baseball cap, also black, entered the fitness center, with Love and the other guys. A WH staff person followed with a blue cooler. Pool is holding outdoors in the vans where we may soon find ourselves in the middle of one of Washington's frequent and tempestuous springtime rainstorms."

"POTUS" is the president of the United States and "WH" is, of course, the White House. Jones later amended the report to note that "there were 6 - not 5 - guys and they were also joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Reggie's brother Richard, Obama's friend Marty from Chicago and a man called Reggie Van who they think is also a Chicago friend. One of Reggie's friends from the group played on Obama's team. They say they'll be talking about this experience nonstop for at least a month."

The first report was followed with:

"It's 2:48 and looking like we're about to roll shortly. The guys, who we've been told are pals of Reggie came out of the center and got into their van. Reggie was sporting a band aid on his chin.

"Before our departure, the president shook hands with a small group of people standing in front of one of the base houses.

"They waved at the motorcade as we left at 2:55.

"Oddly, as we pass tourists en route to the White House few people seem to realize it's the presidential motorcade despite the camera people sticking out of the van' sun roofs. Nobody waved. Could be they were too hot to care.

"Upon return to the WH at 3:06 the guys spilled out of the van saying 'We don't want to talk about it.' Apparently the president and his team kicked their far younger butts on the court, beating them in 3 out of 5 games of 21. Reggie muttered he might need stitches.

"According to the guys Reggie used to play ball with them at the downtown YMCA here until he departed for what one described as 'that whole campaign tour,' complete with finger quotes. All in all, they had an 'amazing' time.

"A lid has been called till 6:45, when we all meet again for the evening's big event," the White House Correspondents Dinner.

As it happens, doing pool duties for radio was another black journalist, Allison Keyes of National Public Radio. 

"So clearly the south side of chicago continues to boogie .... This means the same as rock!)" Keyes wrote to her colleagues.

At his last prime-time news conference, on April 29, Obama took questions from Black Entertainment Television and Univision, a first for BET. 

. . . Correspondents Dinner Not One for Fancy Footwear

"Npr was scheduled to be radio pool that day and my boss called me friday to ask if I could do it and whether I had fancy attire to do the dinner as well!" Allison Keyes explained by e-mail Sunday when asked how she became the White House pool reporter for radio journalists on Saturday. 

"My response was YEAH and yay!!

"I am npr's regular weekend duty reporter but I don't usualy get a chance to do the pool thing. I was pleased and excited to cover the dinner. It was the first time I've had a chance to go!

"Celebs at the after party included everyone from obama inner circle like rahm [emanuel] and valerie jarrett to eva longoria parker," best known as Gabrielle Solis on television's "Desperate Housewives."

"And btw.....I did eventually regret the gorgeous jewel studded gold heels and ended the party barefoot. In this - considering the elaborate footwear many of the gussied up guests were wearing - I was not alone! :)

"I must say in re reading the reports I am amused at some of the words my flying thumbs dropped! For example - flotus wasn't pinkish - her gown was and potus appeared to 'hug' helen [thomas] he did not pop into her space like an angel! Heh."

At the dinner, journalism students of color from Columbia, Northwestern and Howard universities and the universities of Maryland and Missouri, primarily Asian American and African American, received scholarships presented by C-Span's Steve Scully and first lady Michelle Obama.

"I've never seen more excited students than the students from Howard University," Scully said as the students were about to shake hands and pose for a photograph with the first lady and the president.

Funding for the journalism scholarships was $132,000 a year and was intended to support the education of 16 students, Scully said.

At the end of a barb-filled but funny monologue, and before more of the same from comedian Wanda Sykes, Obama acknowledged the economic troubles in the news business and the journalists who are losing their jobs.

"Your ultimate success as an industry is essential to the success of our democracy," he said. "A government without a tough and vibrant media of all sorts is not an option for the United States of America. When you are at your best, you help me be at my best."

Edwin Chen of Bloomberg News was introduced as the next president of the White House Correspondents Association, which stages the $200-per-ticket dinner.  "Your attendance tonight enables us to give back to these students," Scully said of the scholarship recipients.

Iranian Court Hears Roxana Saberi's Appeal

"An Iranian court heard the appeal of U.S.-born journalist Roxana Saberi against her eight-year jail sentence for espionage on Sunday and her lawyer said he was optimistic it would be fundamentally changed," Hossein Jaseb and Fredrik Dahl reported for Reuters. 

"Lawyer Abdolsamad Khorramshahi said the appeals court had ended a one-day session and would issue its verdict in the coming days. Saberi was convicted by a lower court on April 18 of spying for the United States, Iran's arch-foe.

"He said he had asked for his 32-year-old client, who looked thin and tired when she entered the court room, to be released on bail but the court had yet to decide on the request."

Saberi was brought into court wearing long black robes, the BBC reported.

"She had visibly lost weight from the hunger strike that she only recently ended, says the BBC's John Leyne in Tehran. She smiled, but she also looked a little bewildered.

"Unlike her original trial, the legal process this time was arranged to appear fair and open, our correspondent says.

"The appeal lasted several hours, far longer than the original trial

"The appeal was initially scheduled for Tuesday, and it is not known why the hearing was brought forward." [Added May 10.]

Marquez to Lead Miami Editorial Board

May 8, 2009

Rare Position for Latina at Mainstream Newspaper

Myriam MarquezMiami Herald columnist Myriam Marquez has been named editorial page editor at the Miami Herald, the Herald reported Friday, in a milestone for Latina journalists.

Less than a handful of Latinas at mainstream newspapers have risen to the top ranks of editorial pages. It was a rarity in August when Carolina Garcia, editor of the Los Angeles Daily News, named Mariel Garza editor of editorial pages there. Both Miami and Los Angeles have substantial Hispanic populations, but so do other cities.

In Miami, Marquez becomes the first woman and the first Hispanic in the job.

"It's lonely out there," Marquez, 54, told Journal-isms, asked why there had been so few Latinas heading editorial pages. "I don't know too many Cubans who keep opinions to themselves."

One who spent 18 years on the editorial board of the Orlando Sentinel, and, in the mid-1980s was UPI's bureau chief at the Maryland statehouse, Marquez said that perhaps one reason for the paucity could be the lack of Latinos covering politics. That's been "a white male industry," she said.

"A former reporter, newsroom editor and columnist and editorial writer — for the Orlando Sentinel — she succeeds the retiring Joe Oglesby," Elinor J. Brecher wrote.

"She'll phase into the job over the next month. 'I'm humbled by the great men who have come before me,' said Marquez: Oglesby, Tom Fiedler, Jim Hampton and John Pennekamp.

"'The editorial board sets the agenda for the community,' she said, even in such dire times for newspapers. 'The blogs are great — they offer quick snapshots of the prevailing winds — but only the board can look at the big issues like the future of the Everglades and money for education and thoroughly research them.'

"A registered independent, Marquez says she has voted for Republicans and Democrats. She'll lead a staff of three writers and political cartoonist Jim Morin, and will write a weekly column for the Metro front.

"'This is a very passionate community and people should feel they can come here and have a say,' said the Havana-born Marquez, who has written in English and Spanish for newspapers.

"Unlike Oglesby, who reported only to publisher David Landsberg, Marquez also will report to Executive Editor Anders Gyllenhaal. That 'partnership'' will help the board have a stronger online presence, she said.

"'The move is one that Marquez 'has been headed to for her whole career,' Gyllenhaal added. `She listens, she reports deeply and she has something to say . . . She is a Miami story in many ways.'"

"Marquez's family fled to Miami in the fall of 1959."

Oglesby, 61, announced his retirement on March 26. He told Journal-isms last week he looks forward to being able to join organizations, volunteer and "explore the regions in life that I hadn't explored."

San Diego Casualties Rise to 8 Journalists of Color

New owners are laying off 18 percent of the staff at the San Diego Union-Tribune. (Caption: K.C. Alfred/Union-Tribune)The number of journalists of color identified among the casualties at the San Diego Union-Tribune rose on Friday as the names of more of the 192 affected employees surfaced.

The additional journalists included Todd Davis, a copy editor who is African American; reporter Jennifer Vigil, photo editor Mike Franklin, who are Hispanic; and Jacie Landeras, an artist who is Korean American, staff members told Journal-isms. Lupe Quiroz, an editorial aide in the Home section who is Hispanic was also laid off.

As reported on Thursday, also affected were Jerry McCormick, a copy editor and president of the San Diego Association of Black Journalists, Henry Fuentes, a veteran journalist who is the letters editor, photographer Crissy Pascual and Greg Gross, a "breaking news" reporter who covers news for the Internet, according to staffers at the paper. McCormick and Gross are African American; Fuentes is Latino and Pascual is Asian American.

"Three days after taking The San Diego Union-Tribune's helm, Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity gave its most substantive glimpse of what it has in mind for the newspaper's future," Rob Davis wrote Thursday in the Web publication Voice of San Diego.

"It's going to be smaller.

"The company laid off 192 employees companywide Thursday, an approximate 18 percent reduction in the newspaper's staff. Every department was affected, the company said. The Union-Tribune reported that the company now has 850 employees. That's down 40 percent from December 2007."

Gross, 57, told Journal-isms he did not have a "Plan B" in place, but said he was grateful for the California law requiring that laid-off employees receive two months' notice.

Pascual, 41, said she had taken courses in using video and "would like to stay in what I consider this field.

"I'm trying to do work with nonprofits, and still tell stories that way. I got into journalism to contribute in that way. I don't want to become some corporate photographer or wedding photographer — not that I would turn work down," Pascual said. "I consider myself a public servant."

NABJ, Black Caucus Score Journalism Hearing

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., led Wednesday's subcommittee hearing on the 'future of journalism' in the Internet age.Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Association of Black Journalists have criticized a Senate subcommittee's hearing on "the future of journalism" as slighting the interests of African Americans.

"Of the five panelists, there were no black representatives and only one minority," NABJ President Barbara Ciara wrote of Wednesday's hearing of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, chaired by John Kerry, D-Mass. "It is disgraceful that a discussion on Capitol Hill about the future of newspapers can happen without doing more to incorporate the perspectives of America's increasingly diverse population.

"We call on our nation's leaders to open their eyes to the communities that surround them and ensure that black media representatives have a seat at the table as new legislation is discussed."

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who chairs the Black Caucus, wrote, "An examination of the future of journalism should also include a careful look at news outlets that serve primarily African American and other communities of color," adding that many of the outlets "are fighting for their very lives amid this faltering economy.

"Too often African American newspapers and radio stations are underrepresented when it comes to receiving federal government advertising dollars. I am also concerned that black-owned media outlets are (not) being utilized by federal agencies tasked with distributing the $787 billion recovery package or by corporations, banks, and auto companies receiving bailout money.

"As your committee examines the future of journalism, I strongly encourage you to include a review of African American-owned news outlets and their struggle to receive an equitable distribution of taxpayer funded advertising dollars," Lee concluded.

In its "State of the News Media" report this year, the Project for Excellence in Journalism found the black print press, unlike its counterparts in other media, in decline.

"Heading into 2009, the makeup of African American media seemed to be shifting. Newspaper circulation continued to fall in 2008, and one major black daily converted to weekly. But the reach of black-oriented cable television networks grew. As the print sector shrank, the industry also clearly moved, if belatedly, to expand online."

Separately, "members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus have written to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers to ask that he consider holding a hearing on the potential impact of a performance royalty on minority-owned radio," Radio Ink reported on Friday.

The letter "says the lawmakers have been contacted by African-American and Hispanic radio owners and executives who believe a performance royalty 'threatens the survival of minority-owned radio.'"

In introducing the bill in 2007, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said, "Radio stations pay songwriters for the right to broadcast the music they have composed. "The work of songwriters is promoted by the airplay, but no one seriously questions the right of the songwriter to be paid for the use of his or her work. But the performing artist is not paid by the radio station. The time has come to end this inequity."

Investigative Reporting Initiative Has Jobs to Fill

"In response to the downsizing of California newsrooms, as well as the economic crises facing the state, the Center for Investigative Reporting is launching a new reporting initiative on issues of crucial importance to California and its future," the Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit news organization announced on Friday.

"The initiative will be supported by a range of sources, including major grants from The James Irvine Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. With a team of experienced journalists at its core, it will produce in-depth, high-impact investigative reporting in multimedia formats on issues ranging from education to the economic crisis, to immigration, public safety and the environment. We will place a major emphasis on solution-oriented reporting intended to have an impact on the quality of life for Californians and the communities where they live."

["We will probably have six or seven reporting related positions, and also have money for free-lance, and contract work," Executive Director Robert J. Rosenthal told Journal-isms on Monday. "Also looking for an editorial director, web director."]

Bakery Handyman Admits Killing Chauncey Bailey

"Devaughndre Broussard, a handyman at the now defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, admitted on Thursday to killing Chauncey Bailey as part of plea deal in which he agreed to give prosecutors evidence that the journalist's murder and two other slayings were ordered by bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV," Paul T. Rosynsky reported for the Oakland Tribune.

"Broussard, 21, also admitted killing Odell Roberson about a month before Bailey's slaying. Both murders, Broussard has said, were ordered by Bey IV.

"Broussard pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter after an exhaustive review of his plea deal and extensive questioning about it from Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson."

Concern Over Prosecution of Michigan Reporter

Press-freedom groups are expressing concern about the prosecution of Diane Bukowski, who was found guilty May 1 of two felony counts of resisting, obstructing, opposing and endangering two Michigan state troopers while covering a crime scene, as the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday.

"Bukowski, 60, will face sentencing, which may include a fine of up to $4,000 as well as up to four years in prison or both, on June 1.

"Bukowski is a freelance reporter for The Michigan Citizen, a self-described 'progressive community' weekly newspaper oriented toward the Detroit area's African-American communities.

"Many of Bukowski's reports have been critical of the Detroit Police Department as well as the office of the Wayne County prosecutor. She was arrested on Election Day in November 2008 while covering a crime scene involving a chase by Michigan State Police, resulting in the fatalities of a suspect as well as a pedestrian. A Michigan state trooper admitted in court that he seized Bukowski's camera after her arrest and, while still at the scene of the incident, erased two digital images.

"'We are monitoring the proceedings closely because of their implications for press freedom,' said Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director. 'We are particularly troubled that a state trooper deleted two photographs. The prosecution strikes us as excessive and we worry that it could send a message to reporters that covering an accident or crime scene could make them subject to felony charges.'"

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press also called attention to the case.

Networks Say Obama Cost Them $30 Million

"By and large, they personally forked out for his campaign, they voted for him, and they know he is capable of boosting TV ratings just by making an appearance," John Consoli wrote Tuesday for the Hollywood Reporter.

"But executives at the Big Four broadcast networks are seething behind the scenes that President Obama has cost them about $30 million in cumulative ad revenue this year with his three primetime news conference pre-emptions.

"Now top network execs quietly are hoping that Fox's well-publicized rejection of the president's April 29 presser will serve as precedent for denying future White House requests for prime airtime.

". . . Like many businesses, broadcasters are having to cut costs and lay off staffers. Said another broadcast exec, 'The millions of ad dollars the president is costing us could help us keep some of those people working.'"

"Wealthiest Blacks" List Notes Bob Johnson's Losses

Cover shoot for June issue of  'O' Magazine, published by the  wealthiest African American in the United States.With a net worth of $2.7 billion, Oprah Winfrey "tops the inaugural Forbes list of the Wealthiest Black Americans. She is the only billionaire on the list of 20 tycoons, all of whom are self-made," Matthew Miller wrote Wednesday for Forbes magazine.

"Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson became the first African American billionaire in 2000 after he sold the network to Viacom for $3 billion in stock and assumed debt. Since then, sagging Viacom and CBS stock, plus investments in real estate, hotels and banks — industries pummeled in the past year amid the recession — have dragged Johnson's net worth to $550 million, we estimate. He ranks third on the list; his former wife and BET co-founder, Sheila Johnson, ranks seventh with $400 million.

". . . Near misses include former Merrill Lynch chief Stanley O'Neal and Citigroup chairman and former Time Warner head Richard Parsons. Both O'Neal and Parsons were compensated primarily with stock and options while at the helms of their respective companies; the value of their stakes in those companies has languished since the onset of the recession, shoving their fortunes below the $100 million mark.

"Also not on the list: Linda Johnson-Rice, chief exec of Johnson Publishing Co. Her father, John H. Johnson (died 2005), founded the company with a $500 loan from his mother in 1942 to publish Negro Digest. Over time he added such keynote brands as Ebony and Jet magazines, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, plus television, fashion and book publishing divisions.

"As the recession punishes the publishing industry, revenues at JPC have fallen precipitously, knocking Johnson Rice out of contention for the list."

Elsie Washington, Essence Writer, Novelist, Dies at 66

Elsie B. Washington, a former associate editor of Newsweek, onetime writer for Essence magazine and a novelist, died Tuesday in a Bronx, N.Y., geriatric home after battling multiple sclerosis and cancer, her brother, James E. Peterson, told Journal-isms. She was 66.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer called Washington "the mother of the African-American romance" after she wrote "Entwined Destinies" while working as a business reporter for Newsweek. That book's publication by Dell Candlelight Romances in 1980 "laid the groundwork for all the ethnic romances to follow," Katherine Wikoff wrote in the Milwaukee paper. Washington used the pseudonym Rosalind Welles.

A 1983 piece for Newsweek blended her two identities. "Everyone knows Cupid has wings. But last week he sprouted wheels to carry 40 romance authors from Los Angeles to New York for the second annual Romantic Book Lovers' Conference," an editor's note began. "NEWSWEEK Associate Editor Elsie B. Washington, a.k.a. romance writer Rosalind Welles, boarded the Love Train to record the ecstasy and the agony of crossing 11 sensuous states, 10 rushing rivers and 4 torrid time zones. " She also wrote from the United Nations and authored the "Periscope" column.

At the time of Wikoff's 1996 piece, Washington was a writer in the San Francisco schools with a long career in the New York publishing industry behind her. She had moved to Oakland, Calif., "to be with my lifelong love of 17 years," a jazz musician.

Later in 1996, she released her first nonfiction book, "Uncivil War: The Struggle Between Black Men and Black Women," published by The Noble Press in Chicago. A blurb said the book "explores the glorious history of Black relationships and marriage from slavery until today."

Washington worked at Essence in late 1980s and early 1990s, sharing the masthead with such luminaries as Susan L. Taylor, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Audrey Edwards, Diane Weathers, Linda Villarosa, Benilde Little, Harriette Cole and Michaela Angela Davis, all of whom were together in the front-of-the-book listing of January 1993.

In "The Bluest Eye," in the January 1988 issue of Essence, Washington denounced what she called a growing tendency of black celebrities, trendsetters and "just plain folks" to "alter their natural-born God-given dark eyes," by wearing tinted contact lenses, as Lena Williams wrote later in the New York Times.

"In my mind, I'm connecting this blue-eyes-green-eyes trend with the current anti-black mood around the country. I'm connecting it with another trend that glorifies and promotes mixed-race (read light-skinned) models and screen heroines, even in films that decry the maltreatment of blacks by whites."

Services are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at New Hope for All Saints/St. Peters Bronx, 585 E. 163 St., Bronx, N.Y.

Short Takes

  • Although the war in Congo is officially over, an estimated 45,000 people are dying each month from conflict-related causes, primarily hunger and disease, "nearly the same shocking rate as during the war itself," Julie Hollar wrote for Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting. Why is it not getting the media attention of the Darfur genocide? "Darfur fit neatly into the Bush administration‚Äôs 'war on terror' narrative, with the story (inaccurately) framed as Arabs versus black Africans; China‚Äôs increasing business ties to the country also threaten U.S. interests in a region with substantial oil reserves," Hollar wrote. Also, "Paying attention to the Congo would also mean reporting on the main factor fueling the conflict: the plunder of the country‚Äôs resources, which primarily benefits multinational corporations."
  • Marc Willis puts aside his television dream.In Pittsburgh, reporter Marc Willis, who's been at WPXI-TV for three years, says he left the station Thursday, Ervin Dyer of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation told Journal-isms,¬† "Willis chose to depart after landing a job in Durham, N.C., as public information officer for a Veterans Administration medical center. 'I was looking for other stations but with the economy and all, no one is hiring right now,' said Willis, 'This opportunity came available and it helps put my wife closer to her family [in Georgia] and gives me a great schedule to get to know my wife.' Willis married last fall and said he wanted a consistent work schedule that WPXI management would not provide." Willis said he was sad to leave TV news without accomplishing his long-held goal to work for a network, Dyer said.
  • Before formally retiring, longtime Chicago anchor Warner Saunders "plans to make a final live appearance on WMAQ's May 20 10 p.m. newscast to say goodbye, but not to read the news. The station then will air a 30-minute taped tribute to Saunders on Sunday, May 24, at 7:30 a.m., a time slot that pretty much ensures the show won't reach an especially large audience," Lewis Lazare reported Friday in the Chicago Sun-Times. "Two events to honor Saunders' retirement are planned. WMAQ and Telemundo/Chicago will host a free-admission celebration at the Museum of Science and Industry on May 21, and the Museum of Broadcast Communications will host 'A Salute to Warner Saunders' on May 16."
  • If one watched KOTA-TV in Rapid City, S.D., every night for one month, "troubling, and I would go so far as to say racist, images would lead off the nightly news nearly 75 percent of the time," syndicated Native columnist Tim Giago wrote this week. "African Americans spoke up about this same treatment by television news years ago and did win many concessions. What about the thousands of Native American children watching these nightly news reports? How do images of Indians bound and shackled affect their self-esteem? With racism on the rise in Rapid City, positive self-esteem is imperative for these children." The station did not respond to requests for comment.
  • "In a May 2 story about swine flu comments and the immigration debate," reported in Journal-isms, "The Associated Press mischaracterized a comment by CNN‚Äôs Lou Dobbs. The story said Dobbs called the current epidemic 'Mexican flu.' While Dobbs used that language, he was making light of those who were suggesting the name should be changed to something other than swine flu," the AP said in a correction.
  • "The Reader‚Äôs Digest Association has closed the U.S. edition of Selecciones magazine.The June issue will be its last," Jason Fell reported Monday in Folio magazine. "As a result of the closing, the magazine's four full time positions have been eliminated, a spokesperson told FOLIO: Editor Genevieve Fernandez, who is based in Mexico City, will continue to oversee editorial at other editions in the Americas."
  • In a Q&A with RealClearSports, Jason Whitlock, columnist for the Kansas City Star and, said Wednesday he attributed his popularity to "Good headlines. Editors who allow me to be very different. Media outlets that let me take difficult stances. A column approach that demands trying to write on Monday what everyone else will think to write on Tuesday. A willingness to address sensitive issues in an honest, raw fashion. Good instincts. Consistency. Unafraid to publicly admit when I'm wrong. I work hard to maintain credibility with readers." He also said, "When I was at the Final Four this year you could really sense the dramatic shift in power from newspaper columnists to Internet columnists."
  • Chlo?© A. Hilliard, who in 2007 quit her job as news editor of the Source magazine and launched Journalisticks, an online community for journalists of color, is restarting the project as "A Weekly Twitter Chat for Urban Journalists." The tweets will take place Mondays from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST, she wrote on her Web site.

Richard Prince's Journal-isms originates from Washington and is published Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It began in print before most of us knew what the Internet was, and it would like to be referred to as a "column." For newcomers: The words in blue (on most computers) are links leading to more information. The Web site provides passwords and user names to some registration-only news sites, but use may be illegal in some states. Any views expressed in the column are those of the person or organization quoted and not those of any other entity.

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