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Latinos in TV network news 2008-2014: Still mostly invisible and problematic

By Federico Subervi (with the collaboration of Vinicio Sinta)

Click here to access the report.

"Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ artist thwarted by racial bias, dies at 106"

Picture of Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong (Source: The New York Times)

By Margalif Fox

(Dec. 30, 2016 | The New York Times) - When Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened in 1942, critics praised its spare, haunting visual style, vastly different from anything Disney had done before.

But what they did not know was that the film’s striking appearance had been created by a Chinese immigrant artist, who took as his inspiration the landscape paintings of the Song dynasty. The extent of his contribution to “Bambi,” which remains a high-water mark for film animation, would not be widely known for decades. Read more.

"The new Congress is 91% Christian. That's barely budged since 1961."

Group image of new Congress members

Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Pew Research Center.

By Debra Mason

The Pew Research Center’s new report entitled “Faith on the Hill” has found that the religious beliefs of those in congressional leadership have remained consistently Christian despite the American population’s progression toward more diversified belief systems (Bromwich, 2017). The center’s research found that over 90% of the 115th Congress reported “identified as Christian” with only a 4% decline occurring since 1961. The report’s author, Aleksandra Sandstrom, stated that “’Congress is really, at least religiously, staying very, very steady’”(2017). In fact, Pew stated that “[o]nly one member of Congress has ever said that he does not believe in some form of God” (2017). Overall, more diversity of religions was found in Democrats as compared to Republicans, with only 80% of the current Congress’s Democrats identifying as Christian as compared to 99% of Republicans (2017). While it is unsurprising that the majority of Congress is religious since the American public has indicated that they would be disinclined to vote for a “presidential candidate who does not believe in God,” it is difficult to determine why the overarching “religious composition of Congress” has maintained such great consistency. To read the full Pew report, click here.

Bromwich, J. E. (2017, January 3). The New Congress is 91% Christian. That's Barely Budged Since 1961. Retrieved from The New York Times

"22 powerful posts from people of faith at the Women's March"

By Debra Mason

This piece shows a variety of social media posts from Women’s Marches that took place across the country on January 22, 2017. The focus, however, is placed on individuals of a variety of different faiths, including “Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, and many more” (Kuruvilla, 2017). These individuals used their faiths to try to establish unity toward one common goal in the midst of their differences. Click here to see the posts from the Women's March.

Kuruvilla, C. (2017, January 23). 22 Powerful Posts from People of Faith at the Women's March. Retrieved from The Huffington Post

Kellogg’s new corn flakes campaign includes a gay couple

By Curtis Wong

(Jan. 25, 2017 | The Huffington Post) - A real-life British gay couple describe the unusual way they enjoy Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in a quirky new campaign.

Chris Hall and Mark Hearfield, who hail from Bury, England, are among the eight families featured in Kellogg’s “My Perfect Bowl” effort, which highlights the “weird ways” that people eat the signature cereal. In the clip above, Hall, 42, says he likes his cereal with “piping hot” milk and honey. Hearfield, 59, prefers a more straightforward, “room temperature” preparation. Read more.

Women power: A super year for female heroes on screen

A scene in 'Hidden Figures' movie

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

By Sharon Eberson

(Dec. 30, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - With a resounding cha-ching at the box office, the “Star Wars” franchise has provided solid-gold proof that female heroes cannot only open a movie, they can crush it — in a good way. First came “The Force Awakens,” which opened Dec. 18, 2015, to nearly $248 million and went on a record-breaking box-office spree. It was the first entry in a new trilogy, the first live-action “Star Wars” movie since 2005, and it starred Daisy Ridley as the new face of the Jedi. Read more.

General Motors hosts ‘Discover Your Drive’ diversity journalism program

Picture of GM's diversity journalism program participants
Source: DiversityInc.

(Jan. 17, 2017 | DiversityInc.) - General Motors (No. 48 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) launched its second annual Discover Your Drive diversity journalism program Jan. 7-11, hosting 13 college students and nine professional journalists as mentors from across the country at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Students from diverse backgrounds participated in the program that promoted diversity in automotive journalism and news coverage. Read more.

Covering hate crimes in an increasingly toxic political world

By Hannah Esqueda

(We-Ced/New America Media)On the eve of the inauguration for one of the most divisive presidents ever to take office, hate crime researchers are advising journalists to keep a close eye on the intersection of crime and hate speech in their communities.

“Research has shown that in the wake of a catalytic incident, such as 9/11, [it] can create a correlation of a spike in hate crimes,” said Brian Levin, criminal justice professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Read more.


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