Author Archives: Rod Hicks

Unprecedented protests in China are making headlines around the world, except inside China

The censors are working overtime in China.

In a rare show of anger at the Chinese Communist Party, thousands of protesters have amassed in the streets of more than a dozen Chinese cities in recent days calling for an end to strict Covid lockdown measures and political freedoms.

It is one of the top stories — if not the top story — for major news organizations around

New York Times, other media call for Assange charges to be dropped

The outlets warned the case could criminalize U.S. journalists’ work exposing government secrets

New York Times and four leading European news organizations called on the Justice Department to drop criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, warning in an open letter Monday that the case could criminalize U.S. journalists’ work exposing government secrets and potential wrongdoing.

The New York Times and four leading European news organizations called on

Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz Named PBS NewsHour Co-Anchors

PBS announced Wednesday that Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz will be the new co-anchors of PBS NewsHour.

Bennett and Nawaz will begin their new assignment on Monday, January 2, 2023, taking over from longtime anchor Judy Woodruff, who announced last week that she would be stepping down from that role at the end of the year.

Bennett joined PBS from NBC in January of this year as the NewsHour’s chief

The New York Times today announced that Critical Minded will fund its new program to seek out, develop and publish cultural critics from underrepresented backgrounds who have little or no experience contributing to The Times Culture section.

As a former ‘minority hire,’ I know why so many people want to kill affirmative action

There are many strongly held positions about affirmative action, but they often skirt the real reason why people want to kill it: competition for coveted jobs and placement in universities.


Howard University Launches Center for Journalism & Democracy | INSIGHT Into Diversity


On Tuesday, Howard University (HU) launched the Center for Journalism & Democracy, a unique academic center founded by award-winning journalist and Project 1619 author Nikole Hannah-Jones.

The center will serve as a hub for journalism in higher education for students, faculty, and professionals in the fields. Programming and activities will be focused on promoting investigative journalism, with an emphasis on strengthening democratic ideals. This will be done

Journalists had a chance to explore stroke recovery with John Fetterman – most blew it

With Democrat John Fetterman headed to the U.S. Senate to represent Pennsylvania, newsrooms should pause and consider how coverage represents people with disabilities.

Coverage of Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke in May played into the standard political theater that shapes how we evaluate candidates.

Many outlets focused on Fetterman’s use of a closed captioning system during interviews and debates, without explaining that it is a

MSNBC Cuts Ties Unexpectedly With Weekend Host Tiffany Cross

Tiffany Cross, the MSNBC weekend host who was known for running the freewheeling Saturday commentary program “Cross Connection,” is leaving the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet.

Her production staff was informed of the decision Friday morning, according to three people familiar with the matter. MSNBC declined to make executives available for comment, and Cross could not be reached for immediate comment.

MSNBC decided not to renew Cross’ contract after two years, according

Newsday announced Friday that managing editor Don Hudson has been named chief content officer and editor, succeeding Deborah Henley, who is retiring at the end of the year.

He and Henley will work together as editors during a monthlong transition starting Dec. 1.

“I’m thrilled that Don will lead Newsday into the future,” Newsday’s publisher, Debby Krenek, said in a statement. “He has been a key leader in our Watchdog coverage of vital topics such as health, education, and transportation

How news outlets handled Trump’s 2020 coup attempt in their reports on his 2024 run

There will be many opportunities during former President Donald Trump’s effort to return to that office to assess whether traditional mainstream outlets have learned how to cover the former president and his supporters. Today, let’s look at how those outlets treated Trump’s unlawful effort to subvert the 2020 election — which culminated in the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol — in their reports on

Local news needs to examine its addiction to crime stories and how that coverage is pushing aside other serious issues — the economy, cost of living, growing national divisiveness, among them — that viewers want to hear more about.

I was taught that one definition of news was that which is aberrant or out of the norm.  But by repeatedly covering crimes of all kinds, we have turned the aberrant into the norm. Now I am not suggesting we abandon

NBC News Suspends Reporter Over Retracted Story On Paul Pelosi

An NBC News correspondent has been suspended after his Today report on the details of the attack on Paul Pelosi was later retracted by the network.

Miguel Almaguer was suspended pending an internal investigation, The Daily Beast reported. A source confirmed the suspension.

An NBC News spokesperson said that “as a matter of practice, we do not generally comment on personnel matters.” Almaguer did not respond to a request

But even if media predictions were correct, they represent a style of political reporting that is dysfunctional. Campaign coverage is increasingly focused on anticipating who will win through polling analysis. But politics is unpredictable, and polls are not nearly precise enough to predict the outcome of a close contest.

Polls have a number of limiting factors. Pollsters can’t know for certain if the people who answer the poll are representative of the population that will actually vote. Most pollsters end

Fox News Is Having a Meltdown Over the Election Results

Right-wing media simply cannot understand the election results.

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


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