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Media Diversity Blog | Gender
Should the Ray Rice video have been aired publicly?

By Tracy Everbach
(Sept. 10, 2014 | Media Diversity Blog) - By now, many of us have seen the video of Ray Rice punching his wife, Janay, in the face and dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. The story of the NFL player’s suspension from the league for the act has once again ignited discussion of the all-too-common societal problem of domestic violence. Rice avoided jail time in the assault by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and entering a probation program that required anger-management counseling. Read more and post your comments

Related Stories:
– Don't watch the Ray Rice video. Don't ask why Janay Palmer married him. Ask why anyone would blame a victim (The Guardian | Sept. 8, 2014)
– In aftermath of Ray Rice incident, people share #WhyIStayed on Twitter (Los Angeles Times | Sept. 8, 2014)
– Fox News show hammered by critics for Ray Rice lesson: 'Take the stairs' (Los Angeles Times | Sept. 8, 2014)

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Diversity in General
Research: Canada's Ethnic Media
Fostering dialogue, forging the engagement and integration of new Canadians, uniting our communities in Canada’s diversity and multiculturalism responsibility.

By Dr. Gabriel Huston
(Source: National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, 2012) - For the nearly 40 per cent of the Canadian population whose mother tongue is neither English nor French, Canada’s ethnic press and media perform a unique function within mass media. Their primary purpose, and especially through Canada’s ethnic press, is to inform readers and viewers in a language more readily understood than in Canada’s official languages, and by doing so provide a gateway to understanding and becoming Canadian. Read more

"Diversity in action" in ABC

By Bill Carter
(Sept. 3, 2014 | The New York Times) - "On Wednesday, a black family comedy; on Friday, a Hispanic family comedy; in midseason, an Asian family comedy; on Thursday, an anticipated new drama starring a standout black actress; and all the way through, an assortment of show creators just as diverse as the casts."

This is ABC’s actual new-season plan, and it is not one of those developments that seem to sweep over television all at the same time. Read more

"Overtly racist reporting in USA mainstream media": An example

By Victoria Hudson
(Sept. 4, 2014 via LinkedIn's discussion page of the Society of Professional Journalists) - USA mainstream media have long done racially biased reporting - e.g., no mention ever of "white community" group leaders. This piece, however, takes news reporting integrity to an all-time low. Is this a sign of the times or is New Republican just utterly racist in its reporting? Read more



African-American Issues
Racial diversity is a problem for police: "Mostly white forces in mostly black towns"

By Shaila Dewan
(Sept. 9, 2014 | The New York Times) - The population of this working-class Cleveland suburb has gone from nearly all white to two-thirds black since its mayor declared more than 35 years ago that he did not know “what a minority is.” But its police and fire departments have not kept pace: The Maple Heights police force today still has only two black officers out of 35; the fire department is 100 percent white. Read more

Related stories:
- Outrage and calls for change follow Ferguson officials into Council meeting (Source: The New York Times | Sept. 10, 2014)

- The New Racism (Slate.Com | Sept. 5, 2014)



Latino/Hispanic Issues

Latino Media Gap Report 2014

By Frances Negrón-Muntanerwith Chelsea Abbas, Luis Figueroa, and Samuel Robson

(Source: The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University) - The Latino Media Gap report 2014 by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia Univeristy has revealed some important findings about the representation of Latinos in entertainment and news media. One of the findings was "Latino men have disappeared as leading actors" while "the percentage of Latinas and Afro-Latino actors is rising." Read more



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