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How media did and did not report on Standing Rock?

By Tristan Ahtone

(Dec. 14, 2016 | Al Jazeera) - Tristan Ahtone is an award winning journalist and member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma.

It's been entertaining to watch the press crowd come out to Indian Country. They didn't want to, of course, but after a few months of United States security forces using tear gas, rubber bullets, mace, water cannon and concussion grenades on hundreds of indigenous protesters intent on stopping an oil pipeline, they had to. Read more.

A Latina Disney movie princess? The wait isn’t over

Latino characters in Spy Kids

Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega in “Spy Kids,” one of the few Hollywood family films to feature Latinos as lead characters. (Photo Credit: Dimension Films via The New York Times)

By Monica Castillo
(Nov. 25, 2016 | The New York Times) - I’m not part of Disney’s target audience for its latest princess movie, “Moana,” but I don’t care. I’ve been excited about this film since Dwayne Johnson previewed it last year at the D23 Expo for all things Disney. As much as the new Lin-Manuel Miranda music sounds promising, what’s really exciting is the chance to see a Disney princess who doesn’t look like those we have already. Read more.

Research Brief
Night and Day: An Illustration of Framing and Moral Foundations in the Oklahoma Shariah Amendment Campaign

Bowe, B. J., & Hoewe, J. (2016). Night and Day: An Illustration of Framing and Moral Foundations in the Oklahoma Shariah Amendment Campaign. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 967-985.

Summary: In this article, Bowe and Hoewe discuss a content analysis they conducted on letters to the editors of The Oklahoman and The Tulsa World between June 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012 regarding Oklahoma’s “Save Our State” amendment in 2010. Continue reading.

By Debra Mason

Research Brief:
Framing terror: The strategies newspapers use to frame an act as terror or crime

Bibliography: Morin, A. (2016). Framing Terror: The Strategies Newspapers Use to Frame an Act as Terror or Crime. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 986-1005.

Summary: This study includes a comparative analysis of news reporting of the 2009 Ft. Hood, Texas shooting by U.S Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan and the 2013 Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting by “…Navy contractor and former Navy reservist,” Aaron Alexis (Morin, 2016). Continue reading.

By Debra Mason

The web women want: 'No tittle-tattle, Photoshopping or cellulite circling'

The web women want
Lauren Laverne and Sam Baker are two women among many who are reclaiming the digital media space. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian.

By Helen Lock
(Dec. 19, 2016 | The Guardian) - The internet has gained an unfortunate reputation for being a hostile place for women. Research by the Guardian into abuse on its own comment threads earlier this year found that women writers were far more likely to be targeted by trolls than men. Read more

BBC documentary on "The taboo of feminism"

A picture for the story on the Taboo of feminism
Photo: Ana Flores of We All Grow Latina (via BBC World Service)

(BBC Documentary) - The BBC’s Katy Watson travels to Los Angeles and asks why feminism is still regarded by many as a word to avoid. Despite an ongoing gender pay gap, and a lack of female business-leaders, why does the word continue to raise an eyebrow? Read more

How women in media missed the women’s vote

A picture of women in a candidate's rally
Photo source: City-Journal.Org

By Kay Hymowitz
(Dec. 18, 2016 | City-Journal.Org) - The election of Donald Trump has shaken identity politics to its foundations. Appealing to minorities, women, and the LGBTQ population—the so-called “coalition of the ascendant”—was supposed to guarantee Democratic rule into something like perpetuity. Read more

The show that explores sexual assault

An image of scene from Rectify
Photo: SundanceTV

(Nov. 10, 2016 | The Atlantic) - Public conversations about rape culture and sexual assault have perhaps never been as prevalent as they are now, thanks to college-orientation flyers, headlines about the 2016 presidential election, and survivor-powered social-media campaigns like #NotOkay. Read more

Preaching the gospel of diversity, but not following it

Diversity in The New York Times
Photo Credit: Credit Ángel Franco/The New York Times

By Liz Spayd
(Dec. 17, 2016 | The New York Times) - Only two of the 20-plus reporters who covered the presidential campaign for The New York Times were black. None were Latino or Asian. That’s less diversity than you’ll find in Donald Trump’s cabinet thus far. Of The Times’s newly named White House team, all six are white, as is most everyone in the Washington bureau. Read more

30 of the most important articles by people of color in 2016

By Zeba Blay
(Dce. 19, 2016 | The Huffington Post) - Between the deaths of greats like Prince and Muhammed Ali, the destruction in Aleppo and the circus that was the U.S. presidential election, 2016 was the year of one awful thing after another.

But despite the awfulness, stellar writing by people of color provided clarity, comfort and insight in even the darkest moments this year. Read more


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