Author Archives: Rod Hicks

Strive to be the very best and use models that exemplify the very best. Work very, very hard and remain confident in yourself. You will stumble many, many times. And I think stumbling is programed into the whole process.

Racial Disparities in Performance Evaluations at The New York Times

No Black NY Times employees received highest performance rating in 2020; 90% of those who did were white

Specifically, white Guild members were more likely to get the top ratings, while Black and Hispanic members were more likely to get the lowest two ratings. I


The New York Times’s performance review system has for years given significantly lower ratings to employees of color, an analysis by

In last column, Sullivan praises improved political coverage, calls on ‘dedicated truth-tellers’ to do more

A plea to CNN: NPR’s Deggans suggests network avoid use of false equivalence as a way to appear apolitical

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks at 2022 NABJ-NAHJ Convention

Answering a question about whether the administration plans to address the increasing distrust between the public and the media, Jean-Pierre said “first and foremost, we’re not going to attack the media like the last administration, which put so many journalists in harm’s way.”

Valerie Roberts Evans, a Southern Methodist University professor, said that the press secretary meant a lot to her in terms of representation.

“Being an African American

Viral Abortion Story Shows How Fact Checkers Shouldn’t Publish Until They Have … Facts – Nieman Reports

Some journalists were quick to doubt the story of the 10-year-old rape victim’s pregnancy, revealing the challenge of covering sensitive stories

Some media outlets showed skepticism of the story of the 10-year-old rape victim’s pregnancy following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, revealing the challenge of these types of stories

If you are reporting on or fact-checking a case involving a


continue to shed light on the economics that help to drive misleading and false claims across the media landscape.

The proliferation of falsehoods and misleading content, especially heading into the midterm elections this fall, is often blamed on credulous audiences and a widening partisan divide. Misinformation can also be hugely profitable, not just for the boldface names like Mr. Jones, but also for the companies that host websites, serve ads or syndicate content in the background.

“Misinformation exists for



In 1960, Bryant Rollins stood at the intersection of sports and racism and journalism in Boston. On his first day covering the Red Sox for The Boston Globe, he was snubbed by the team’s owner, Tom Yawkey, who refused to attend the pre-game press dinner because a Black reporter would be there.

“He was not timid in letting other writers know that he boycotted the dinner because I was present,” Mr. Rollins recalled in a 1991 letter to Globe sports

For over a year after she first joined Twitch, Clara Sorrenti used the streaming platform like most of its users: to broadcast herself playing video games for a handful of viewers.

But when Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, launched a campaign against gender-affirming care for young people, it struck a nerve with Sorrenti, who transitioned as a teenager. The 28-year-old took to Twitch, talking openly about her experience in hours-long streams.

Now, Sorrenti is one of the most

Thomas wants Supreme Court to revisit long-standing media libel precedent

The Supreme Court declined to revisit the First Amendment decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, the 1964 ruling that set the strict standard for public figures to claim libel, on Monday.

Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter in the high court’s decision to turn away an appeal from a Christian nonprofit group that challenged its characterization by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights watchdog.

“I would

How to ensure diverse viewpoints in abortion coverage

Covering a complex topic that spans laws, beliefs and lived experience requires nuance and context

This is a complex topic. Laws vary by state, and personal beliefs (including religion) are often part of the conversation. Newsrooms continue to struggle with how much information staffers can reveal about their lived experience, and some journalists have firsthand knowledge that could inform how they approach coverage.

As with any developing story, our job as journalists