Yahoo: We Don't Disclose Diversity Stats
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Company Won't ID Its "Manager of Diversity Programs"When the American Society of News Editors decided to add "online-only newspapers" to its annual diversity census of print newspapers, Yahoo was one of the 21 that did not respond, ASNE said. At least four of the others protested they had not received the request.
Yahoo was not among them. "We do not release our diversity statistics," spokeswoman Carrie Davis told Journal-isms this week. "We are a major public company and have strict regulations about what we do/do not disclose."
Yahoo News is the most-visited news site on the Web, the New York Times reported in March. It has "recruited nearly a dozen journalists from traditional and online media outlets and opened a bureau in Washington to push into original content and increase the popularity of its online news site," the Times reporter, Miguel Helft, wrote on March 30.
Moreover, Mike Shields of Mediaweek reported in April that, "Yahoo is on the verge of hiring more traditional journalists as it plans to aggressively beef up original content."
However, Davis would not say whether any of these journalists have been of color.
Davis did disclose that the company had appointed a "manager of diversity programs," but said she could not disclose her name.
Asked whether that manager would be responding to the diversity questions, Davis said, "You are actually not going to hear from her. I spoke to her and we do not release our diversity statistics. If you need a 'statement' from Yahoo!, here is what we can provide: 'Yahoo! values diversity and inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer.''
[In February, the San Jose Mercury News reported that in early 2008, it had sought federal employment data for Silicon Valley's 15 largest companies through the Freedom of Information Act. "Following an appeals process that stretched over nearly two years, five of those companies - Google, Apple, Yahoo, Oracle and Applied Materials - convinced federal officials to block public disclosure," Mike Swift reported.
[He wrote, "Hispanics and blacks made up a smaller share of the valley's computer workers in 2008 than they did in 2000, a Mercury News review of federal data shows, even as their share grew across the nation."]
Since 1978, ASNE has asked news organizations for their diversity statistics in order to measure progress toward its goal of minority employment "equivalent to the percentage of minority persons within the national population." The original goal was to meet that percentage by 2000, but it was extended in 1998 to 2025.
A look at Yahoo's management team shows some diversity, at least at the management level.
Jerry Yang co-founded the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company in 1994, while working on a Ph.D. at Stanford University. Among other activities, Yang is a member of the board of directors of the Asian Pacific Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area. In April 2009, Carol Bartz succeeded Yang as CEO.
David Windley, who is black, is the leader of Yahoo's global human resources team.
The company had 13,200 workers in October, according to the Associated Press. [Updated May 8.]
Conference Attendees Pointed Out Who Was MissingWhat happens when you have a conference on "the Future of Journalism" and none of the participants is of color?
It's not such an unusual occurrence, but at Stanford Law School, at least, people notice.
"Unfortunately, I don't believe there were any people of color who spoke at the conference, at least not visibly so," Sarah Hinchliff Pearson, a residential fellow and the conference organizer, told Journal-isms.
"That glaring problem was pointed out to me by many people at the conference and even by one of the speakers during a panel. This was my first shot at planning a conference, and I clearly didn't take racial/ethnic diversity [into] account the way I did with diversity of thought. I would certainly change that if I could do the planning over."
The event, produced by the law school's Center for Internet and Society, was "a conference designed to challenge the conventional wisdom about the Fourth Estate in a provocative debate among journalists, scholars, and technologists." It took place Thursday and Friday. Pearson said a video of the entire event would be posted soon on the conference website.
Publisher of Long Island, N.Y., weekly regrets any offense at its "satire." (credit: WPIX-TV)
Weekly Depicts Obamas as Fred Sanford, Aunt Esther"Photos of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle that surfaced in a Republican newspaper last week have caused a flurry of controversy on Long Island," New York's WPIX-TV reported on Wednesday.
"The pictures featured in the weekly Smithtown Messenger, created by Phillip Sciarello, features 'before and after' photos of six presidents and their wives, starting with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and continuing on to the Obamas.
"One picture of President Obama and his wife Michelle show the couple hugging, while the second depicted the 1970's show 'Sanford and Son' where Sanford's sister-in-law Aunt Esther, played by LaWanda Page, had her fists up facing comedian Redd Foxx.
"The publication issued a statement to PIX 11 News that will also appear as a retraction slated to appear in Thursday's publication.
" 'The publisher of the Smithtown Messenger regret[s] any offense taken by our readers at the photographic political satire depicting the current and past presidents on the editorial page in the April 29th, 2010 issue. While we have grave disagreement with the policies of the current Administration, we hold the office of President of the United States in great respect.'
" 'We also hold dear the principles of freedom and tolerance upon which our great Nation was founded. We are mindful that the satire seemed to some in poor taste. At the same time, we reject the notions that elected officials, at any level of government, or any race, creed, or color, can hold themselves above the law‚Ä¶ or immune from satire. This week the President himself caused some controversy by joking about sending deadly 'predator drones' against the Jonas Brothers. We are confident he was not serious, as we are that our satiric content meant no disrespect. We Thank you for your continued readership, and as always, invite your comment or constructive criticism. Our apologies to all concerned.'¬†
"In addition, the questionable photos appeared in sister papers, including the Brookhaven and Ronkonkoma Review, which is sent to about 30,000 homes on Long Island."
"Mindy" Marques Named Managing Editor in Miami"After spending 19 years as a reporter and editor at The Miami Herald, Aminda 'Mindy' Marques Gonzalez has been named managing editor of the newsroom. She will report directly to Executive Editor Anders Gyllenhaal and oversee all aspects of the newsroom," Bridget Carey reported Wednesday for the Miami Herald.¬†
"Marques's appointment comes as the newsroom's management is being reorganized. The position of managing editor had not been filled for more than a year."
"She previously was senior editor for news.
"For nine years she wrote on a wide range of topics that included religion, the city of Opa-locka, Hialeah, the Hispanic community, and breaking news on the night shift. She later went on to guide young reporters as an editor for the Northwest Neighbors section, and then edited on the metro desk.
"In 2002, Marques left The Herald to work at the Miami office of People Magazine, but returned in March of 2007 as a multimedia editor, working on the launch of Miami.com."
Stephen Buckley Tapped as Poynter Dean of Faculty"Stephen Buckley, publisher of Tampabay.com and former managing editor of the St. Petersburg Times, today was named Dean of Faculty by The Poynter Institute, a school dedicated to serving journalism in the interest of democracy," the Poynter Institute announced on Tuesday .
"Buckley, 43, who grew up in St. Petersburg and first attended a Poynter writing program as a teenager, assumes responsibility for all of the Institute's in-person and e-learning programs, as well as for the staff that designs and carries them out.
"Karen B. Dunlap, Poynter's president, announced Buckley's appointment and said his experience as a leader in print and digital journalism, together with his deep appreciation for Poynter's work and values, made him the ideal choice for dean.
"Buckley took a leave in January from the Times ‚Äî which is owned by Poynter ‚Äî to became interim dean. He replaces Keith Woods, who joined National Public Radio as vice president, diversity in news and operations."
Corynne L. Corbett Joins Essence as Beauty DirectorCorynne L. Corbett has been named beauty director at Essence magazine, the publication announced on Wednesday.
"In this new role, Corbett will be responsible for leading the beauty team and executing the overall beauty vision for the magazine ‚Äî in addition to writing, assigning and editing articles.
"Corbett is a veteran journalist who uses her 20 years of experience in fashion, beauty and lifestyle to create engaging and compelling content across a variety of media platforms. Before joining ESSENCE, she served as executive editor of Real Simple magazine, where she oversaw the coverage of fashion, beauty and food for the magazine. Prior to this, she also served as its beauty/wellness director. Previously, she spent 8 years in the beauty department for Elle. Early in her career she was also a regular contributor to ESSENCE for its beauty stories."
Pamela Edwards Christiani, beauty editor at Essence for a decade, joined People magazine as style and beauty editor in March.
Half of Howard J-Class Given "F's" as "Truly Triflin'""So, here are the final results: two As, based mostly on the potential the students demonstrated rather than actual performance; two Bs; four Cs; and eight Fs. Half the class," Jack White, contributor to theRoot.com and veteran of Time magazine, wrote on his blog on Wednesday. White taught a course in "Writing For the Media" at Howard University, an introduction to journalism designed for journalism and public relations majors.
"The students who flunked were, to use a word the old folks favored, truly triflin'. They did not turn in work on time even though making deadlines is essential for a journalist. They missed classes. They did not keep up with current events. Their lack of mastery of the basics of English composition ‚Äî spelling and grammar ‚Äî was appalling. Their carelessness was breathtaking. Howard bills itself as some kind of Mecca of black higher education, but if the kids I tried to teach this semester are any indication, that's a considerable overstatement. Many of the students I encountered simply were not prepared for college work. They are wasting their parents' hard-earned tuition money."
In a thread on Facebook prompted by the blog entry, Louise Reid Ritchie, another journalist who became an instructor, cautioned, "it is important to know it's not just HBCUs," historically black colleges and universities, with the problems White mentioned. Having taken classes "for fun" at two other schools and taught graduate students at a third, "I saw the same behaviors and problems at those schools with many students from a variety of races and backgrounds," she said.
Sportswriter Wants Wilt Chamberlain on a StampDonald Hunt, a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest continually running African American newspaper, has started a campaign to put the late 7-foot-1 basketball superstar Wilt Chamberlain on a postage stamp.
"The feedback has been tremendous. We're hoping Wilt will get on a postage stamp in the near future. A lot of his family and friends are getting older," Hunt told Journal-isms on Wednesday.
Hunt has been on his quest for a while. In 2008, the Associated Press wrote, "Hunt, who recalled as a child watching in person Chamberlain play for the 76ers against Oscar Robertson and the Cincinnati Royals, believes 'The Big Dipper' has the credentials to join Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis and Jesse Owens among the sports legends with their own stamps.
" 'People should remember the great ones,' Hunt wrote for a Feb. 15 story. 'They don't come any bigger or better than Wilt Chamberlain.'
"Hunt said has already received support from Chamberlain fans and former teammates and opponents, and hoped the stamp would be issued during Black History Month or possibly the anniversary of Chamberlain's 100-point game on March 2, 1962 against the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa.
"The 31,419 points Chamberlain scored during his career stood as a record until Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke it in 1984."
Chamberlain might be as well-known for his announcement in his second autobiography, "A View from Above," in 1991, that he had sex with 20,000 women.
"He later admitted that he made up the number, but it did make him the target of jokes and criticism, including from his fellow athletes for fueling prejudices about their sexual behavior," the Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page wrote in a December column that commented on the Tiger Woods infidelity scandal.
"Yet Tiger could take a lesson from Chamberlain's sentiments in 1999 shortly before his death," Page continued. "The seven-foot star known widely as 'Wilt the Stilt' said he regretted his failure to explain that the sexual climate in the 1960s and '70s, when he had most of his sexual escapades, was much more carefree than in later decades. He also warned 'all of you men out there who think that having a thousand different ladies is pretty cool' that he had learned, 'having one woman a thousand different times is much more satisfying.' "
- "The Washington Post Co. announced Wednesday that it has retained Allen & Company to explore the possible sale of NEWSWEEK magazine. The newsweekly, which has struggled in recent years, was launched in 1933 and purchased by The Washington Post Co. in 1961," Newsweek reported on Wednesday. "Obviously a sad day for the magazine and for those of us who call it home," contributing editor Ellis Cose, a past president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, told Journal-isms. "Newsweek made a very high stakes gamble and clearly it has not paid off. But it was not as if the magazine had much of a choice." As the New York Times noted, "In February 2009, Newsweek unveiled a redesign in which it more or less ceased original reporting about the week‚Äôs events. It began running essays from star writers like Fareed Zakaria and opinion-driven analyses, and lowered the circulation it guaranteed advertisers to 1.5 million, from 3.1 million about a year before that."
- President Obama paid tribute to slain journalist Chauncey Bailey Monday in acknowledging World Press Freedom Day. "A trial of the alleged perpetrator is scheduled to begin this summer," Obama said in a statement. "Such accountability is critical to deterring future attacks." As a presidential candidate, Obama spoke to the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Las Vegas on Aug. 10, 2007, eight days after Bailey was killed. The candidate had just come from Oakland, Calif., where Bailey was shot, and expressed his condolences to the journalists.
- Co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize¬†for reporting on police corruption, Wendy Ruderman of the Philadelphia Daily News told Terry Gross of National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" on Monday, "the Pulitzer really validated us as the local paper, as the voice of the people. And the Pulitzer came at a really good time for our paper and it really lifted the spirits of the staff, because there's this sense that we're survivors and we're in there doing what no one else is going to do and there is a need for it. Civically, there's a need for it. The people want it. So there's ‚Äî so without us, I don't know. A lot of people think that we're essential to Philadelphia and to democracy, and having the Pulitzer ‚Äî the whole staff felt like it was their Pulitzer, and it was." The Daily News and its sister paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, are being sold to creditors.
- In an interview with Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights legend Medgar Evers and former board chairwoman of the NAACP, came out foursquare against use of the N-word. "They don‚Äôt realize the historical shame of that word," she said of those who use it. "It is not some term to toss to a buddy of yours." Speaking of African Americans, she said, "The word should never leave your mouth. That bothers me more than a Caucasian using it. It is racist. It is hateful. It is everything it was meant to be." Mitchell, who won plaudits for his investigations of civil rights-era killings, told Journal-isms, "I heard the word was growing in popularity among white and black high school students and that's why I asked Myrlie about it."
- Harriette Cole, acting editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine, and Mimi Vald?©s, editor-in-chief of Kidult.com, were among seven elected to two-year terms on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors, Alex Alvarez reported Tuesday for MediaBistro. Vald?©s just stepped down as editorial director of Latina magazine.
- "Nina Bernstein of The New York Times has won the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for courageous reporting, stemming from her 2009 series of articles that documented the mistreatment of immigrants in federal custody," the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism announced. "This is a richly deserved and long overdue recognition of Ms. Bernstein‚Äôs dedication to giving a voice to the voiceless immigrants who often undergo harsh treatment and are the subject of hate crimes from the intolerant members of our society," said Arlene Morgan, the associate dean of prizes and programs, which administers the award.
- "Amy Goodman, host of the syndicated 'Democracy Now!' news program, and two of her producers filed suit against the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and other defendants today over their arrests while covering the 2008 Republican National Convention," Steve Karnowski reported Wednesday for the Associated Press. "The three were among an estimated 40 to 50 journalists who were arrested covering street protests at the convention in downtown St. Paul, along with about 800 demonstrators and bystanders."
- "It's always a let-down when folks you've admired or respected from afar turn out to be jerks in person. Case in point: Gabourey Sidibe, the Oscar-nominated actress in the title role of 'Precious,'" Jonathan Capehart, editorial writer for the Washington Post, wrote Monday on his blog. Matt Dornic of FishBowl DC agreed with Capehart's assessment of Sidibe's "anything but precious" behavior toward fans at Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner.
- Gwen Ifill of "The PBS NewsHour" and Jesse J. Holland, who covers the Supreme Court for the Associated Press, are among journalists with cameo roles in the new documentary, "Advise and Dissent," Betsy Rothstein reported Wednesday for MediaBistro.
- Journalists in the Caribbean welcomed World Press Freedom Day, Wesley Gibbings of Trinidad and Tobago, president of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, wrote Tuesday for the Committee to Protect Journalists. "Everywhere in the Caribbean there is the call for people to become responsible for themselves, to seek our own social and economic independence. But how can this be achieved if we are not at first truly free to think and to speak and to express ourselves?"
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