Category Archives: Diversity in the News
Oregon TV station apologizes for displaying racist image during program that highlights positive news
Oregon TV station apologizes after showing racist image during program highlighting good news
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A television station in Portland, Oregon, apologized Friday for inadvertently showing a racist image during a program aimed at highlighting positive stories.
KGW-TV displayed the image Thursday evening during “The Good Stuff,” which includes a “Throwback Thursday” segment sharing “cheesy, silly, or memorable” photos submitted by viewers.
“The image, seemingly from the 1950s, depicted children
Oklahoma newspaper says sports announcer made racist comments. Jury disagrees, awards him $25 million
Flare-up exposes difficulty Black-owned media face when trying to penetrate powerful fundraising networks
The episode highlighted, once again, the disparity in support between Black-owned publications and their well-networked, white-led counterparts. Launched in 2017, The Beat raised $1 million in 2022 (which is $1 million more than most other Black-led newsrooms start with) while the Banner launched the same year with $50 million.
The way Simon lept to negative assumptions when the Beat’s Snowden benignly reached out to him, characterizing it as a “shakedown,” reflects the lack of trust that Black leaders commonly encounterRead Story
NY Post: Employees once accused CBS News prez of sidelining white journalists in favor of people of color
The new president of CBS News has been accused of using her clout to promote minorities while unfairly sidelining white journalists — a “woke” and “divisive” practice that sparked multiple employee complaints and a major internal probe in 2021, The Post has learned.
Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews — a 30-year veteran of the third-place network who took the helm in August after her boss Neeraj Khemlani left in a storm of controversy — also had been top deputy to ex-president David Rhodes,Read Story
Several Washington Post staffers determined to highlight the richness of their Latino culture decided to share their personal experiences through short essays.
Sent from Mail for WindowsRead Story
Investigative Project on Race and Equity carves its niche in Chicago’s innovative digital media ecosystem
For the Chicago-based Investigative Project on Race and Equity, training the next generation matters as much as the reporting | Nieman Journalism Lab (niemanlab.org)
equity-focused investigative reportingRead Story
Gannett hasn’t released demographics data as promised, raising questions among some of its journalists
Gannett, the largest newspaper chain in the country, kept that promise. But this year, the company has yet to release demographic breakdowns of its largest newsrooms, raising questions among some staf
Gannett hasn’t released demographic breakdowns of its largest newsrooms as promised, raising questions among staffRead Story
Editor calls out Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, who dismissed reporter’s story because of her Chinese heritageRead Story
Protesters at Dallas Morning News building decry Western media coverage of Israel-Hamas conflict
Palestinian advocates and supporters are accusing Western media outlets of spreading misinformation and mischaracterizing the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Hamas militant group.
At a rally in downtown Dallas Thursday, hundreds gathered at Main Street Garden Park across the street from The Dallas Morning News’ offices on Commerce Street. Speakers at the protest said coverage of the conflict has contributed to discrimination of Palestinians around theRead Story
Study: Most Black Americans see racially insensitive news coverage about Black people often or sometimes
4 in 5 Black adults see racist depictions in the news either often or sometimes, says new study
NEW YORK (AP) — In a new study, Black Americans expressed broad concerns about how they are depicted in the news media, with majorities saying they see racist or negative depictions and a lack of effort to cover broad segments of their community.
Four in five Black adults say they see racist or racially insensitive depictions of their race in theRead Story
Detroit News story celebrating history of its sports department omits contributions by any Black staffers
Darren Nichols: Detroit News’ Anniversary Story On Sports Department Failed To Mention Contributions Of Black Writers
That’s what made his lack of inclusion sting in a recent Detroit News article titled, “These News sports reporters, columnists made an impact over 150 years.” It was a birthday party, but apparently some Black guests weren’t there to blow out the candles.
Back in the 70’s, the coaches knew Black folks weren’t invited to those spaces so Keith was let in. NearlyRead Story
Atlanta magazine management scales back ‘progressive’ coverage in one of the ‘Blackest, queerest’ cities
A crackdown on ‘woke’ coverage is tearing Atlanta magazine apart
The publisher pushed back on their effort to present a modern picture of life in one of the Blackest, queerest cities in the South, calling it ‘divisive.’ Now, half the staff has quit.
Staffers saw the interference as an egregious crackdown on coverage that management deems as too “progressive”— at a time when they are resolved to reflect the evolving reality of Atlanta, one of the Blackest, queerest cities inRead Story
Wendy McMahon Named Sole Leader Of CBS News And Stations, Will Also Oversee Domestic Syndication
Her title will be president and CEO of CBS News and Stations and CBS Media Ventures. The appointment follows the announcement on Sunday that Neeraj Khemlani would step down from CBS News leadership and take a production deal with the network. He and McMahonRead Story
Former employees allege Gannett’s efforts to diversity newsrooms discriminated against white workers
Gannett sued by ex-employees alleging diversity goals discriminated against white workers
Gannett, the largest US newspaper publisher, is facing a lawsuit claiming its efforts to diversify newsrooms led to discrimination against white workers.
The proposed class action was filed in Virginia federal court on Friday by five current and former Gannett employees who say they were fired or passed over for promotions to make room for less-qualified women and minorities.
The plaintiffs say those decisions were driven by aRead Story
Top Texas A&M officials were involved in botched recruiting of journalism professor, who will receive $1 million settlement
Texas A&M reaches $1M settlement over botched hire of Kathleen McElroy
The Texas A&M University System reached a $1 million settlement with Kathleen McElroy and made a public admission that then-President M. Katherine Banks derailed the potential journalism director’s hiring after alumni, including a conservative-leaning group called The Rudder Association, voiced concerns about McElroy’s experience in diversity, equity and inclusion.
To responsibly cover trans athletes, center their perspectives rather than experiences of their cis counterparts
How Journalists Can Responsibly Report on Transgender Athletes
A “mistake I see often is in the framing — rather than centering the perspective of theRead Story
Texas A&M president resigns amid fallout over botched hiring of Black journalist with long DEI track recordRead Story
Group says Carlee Russell news coverage, social media posts helped raised awareness of missing people of color
Carlee Russell investigation helps highlight concerning trend of missing people of color
Former CNN reporter who was injured while on assignment sues for unfair dismissal, racial discriminationRead Story
Women in charge: Every major US news organization is led by a woman, including CNN, where 3 lead the networkRead Story
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Wesley Lowery named executive editor of Investigative Reporting WorkshopRead Story
New York City news station fires anchor after hot mic caught him insulting his African American co-hostRead Story
Students from 47 HBCUs attend exclusive news briefing with VP Harris as White House correspondents for a day
Students representing 47 historically Black colleges and universities were invited to an exclusive news briefing last week with Vice President Kamala Harris.Read Story
NABJ: Report on Memphis police brutality case with ‘accuracy, responsibility, sensitivity, fairness, and support’
What will matter most during this news cycle is accuracy, responsibility, sensitivity, fairness, and support. News executives and managers must ensure that the reporting produced under their leadership follows the pillars of journalism and unapologetically tells Tyre’s story through a careful lens of the Black community. They must make it a priority to be intuitive about what is seen, heard and read by their audiences. And they must immediately activate and sustain resources to help ensure that the mental healthRead Story
AAJA offers guidance for ‘responsibly and fairly’ covering California communities affected by mass shootings
January 25, 2023
In the wake of the shooting in Half Moon Bay, AAJA urges newsrooms to responsibly and fairly cover the Asian American communities that have been affected. The Half Moon Bay attack, which killed both Chinese and Latino farmworkers, came just days after
‘Sensational storyteller’ Cecilia Vega leaves ABC’s White House beat for CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ as correspondent
EMMY AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST CECILIA VEGA JOINS “60 MINUTES”
Emmy Award-winning journalist Cecilia Vega is joining CBS News as a correspondent for 60 MINUTES, America’s #1 news program, it was announced today by Bill Owens, executive producer of the broadcast. Vega will begin reporting for 60 MINUTES in the spring and be based in Washington, D.C.
“Cecilia Vega is a sensational reporter and storyteller. I have admired her work for a long, long time and couldn’t be more excited to welcomeRead Story
Fellowship gives students a platform for stories about their HBCUs, access to pipeline of emerging journalists
A new fellowship enlists students to fill reporting gaps on HBCUs
As a student at
Newspaper runs heavily edited version of King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech; allegations of whitewashing follow
Maine newspaper apologizes for running a redacted version of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech
A Maine newspaper has apologized for publishing a heavily redacted version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Sunday, after a deluge of backlash from readers, on social media, and even a cable news show host criticized the paper for whitewashing the Black civil rights leader’s legacy on what would have been his 94th birthday.
The Bangor Daily News editorialRead Story
Visual data journalism is not always accessible to blind news audiences, but there are ways to make it so
Blind news audiences are being left behind in the data visualisation revolution: here’s how we fix that
As the use of visual data journalism becomes more embedded in day-to-day newsroom operations, there’s a very real danger that those who can’t decipher visual information in the usual way will be left behind.
During the COVID-19 pandemic there was no shortage of news about the spread of the virus, but it was the graphs and illustrations that made the severity of the
News site whose reporting on missing Black women turned out to be right shows relevance of Black media
Kansas City Police Dismissed a Black News Site’s Reports of Missing Women. Then One Showed Up.
A 40-year-old white man was charged with kidnapping, rape, and assault when a 22-year-old Black woman said he held her captive for over a month.
For more than a month, a 22-year-old Black woman was allegedly held hostage inside a makeshift room in the basement of an Excelsior Springs, Missouri, home. Bound with handcuffs, gagged by duct tape and a metal collar with aRead Story
Rebecca Blumenstein leaves NY Times for top role at NBC News, where she will lead wide-ranging coverage
Rebecca Blumenstein, a Senior Times Editor, Takes a Top Role at NBC News
The appointment of Ms. Blumenstein, a deputy managing editor at The Times, is a part of a broad overhaul of the news division at NBCUniversal.
Senior Times Editor Rebecca Blumenstein takes on a senior role at NBC News
NBCUniversal has appointed Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor of The New York Times, as editorial director of NBC News as part of a far-reaching restructuring of the department.Read Story
Racialized misinformation: Media incorrectly frames communities of color as more susceptible to false content
Mis- and disinformation has disproportionate effects on communities of color. I will also, before I kind of go into racialized disinformation, I’d like to note that the media often frames communities of color [as] more likely to either be targeted or even more susceptible to misinformation. This is an extreme falsehood. And in addition to that, those in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities have legitimate reasons to be skeptical of information given the legacy of historical traumas we faced inRead Story
Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts bids readers ‘so long,’ ponders a future writing books: ‘If not now, when?’
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Time flew, didn’t it? Now, it’s time for me to fly off, too | Opinion
Well, as Carol Burnett used to say, I’m so glad we had this time together.
I’ve written about 1.6 million words as a columnist. This 600 or so will be the last. I’m retiring for a few reasons. One is that, while I’ve managed to squeeze out four novels between column deadlines, my dream was always to write books full time.Read Story
Emma Tucker, editor of the Sunday Times in the U.K., to replace Matt Murray as Wall Street Journal editor
Emma Tucker Is Named New Editor of The Wall Street Journal, Succeeding Matt Murray
Currently the editor of the Sunday Times in the U.K., Ms. Tucker will assume her post at the Journal on Feb. 1
News Corp NWSA 2.94%increase; green up pointing triangle named veteran U.K. journalist Emma Tucker as the next editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, succeeding Matt Murray, who oversaw significant digital growth and guided the news organization through the Covid-19 pandemic.
ProPublica seeks to cultivate diverse investigative editors through yearlong training program led by its staff
ProPublica Launches Investigative Editor Training Program
The yearlong ProPublica Investigative Editor Training Program aims to increase the ranks of investigative editors from diverse backgrounds.
Beginning this summer, ProPublica will invite up to 10 news editors from media companies across the country to participate in a yearlong investigative editing training program, led by the newsroom’s award-winning staff.
The applicationRead Story
Amna Nawaz, Geoff Bennett to share PBS NewsHour anchoring duties, replacing longtime anchor Judy Woodruff
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 chiefRead Story
New York Times, Critical Minded program to develop, publish freelance cultural critics from diverse backgrounds
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.Read Story
Sacramento Bee opinion editor says reasons affirmative action targeted: competition for jobs, university slots
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’s Center for Journalism & Democracy to promote investigative journalism, strengthen democratic ideals
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 doneRead Story
‘True diversity isn’t just a conversation; it’s action,’ Delano Massey of Axios Local writes for Editor & PublisherRead Story
Fetterman’s stroke gave news media an opportunity to explore stroke recovery; they saw it as a political issue
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 aRead Story
MSNBC unexpectedly fires Tiffany Cross, opinionated weekend host who attracted Black viewers to the network
MSNBC Cuts Ties Unexpectedly With Weekend Host Tiffany Cross
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, accordingRead Story
Veteran journalist and Newsday Managing Editor Don Hudson becomes the newspaper’s first Black top editor
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 transportationRead Story
Lori Lizarraga, passionate about telling stories from under-reported communities, joins NPR’s Code SwitchRead Story
Poynter selects 29 journalists of color for leadership academy intended to expand their impact as leadersRead Story
Bernard Shaw’s advice to young journalists: ‘Strive to be the very best, use models that exemplify the very best’
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.Read Story
Bernard Shaw, ‘one of the most respected journalists in the country’ and CNN’s first chief anchor, dies at 82Read Story
Report: White NY Times workers more likely to get top performance ratings; Employees of color get lowest
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
Aug. 23, 2022
The New York Times’s performance review system has for years given significantly lower ratings to employees of color, an analysis by
Deggans: CNN should ‘call out prejudice and stereotypes,’ avoid false equivalence as way to appear apolitical
A plea to CNN: NPR’s Deggans suggests network avoid use of false equivalence as a way to appear apoliticalRead Story