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Breaux Symposium-based Publication "Ethnic Media and Political Participation"

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Our engagement with Ethnic media journalists in Canada

Forum's participation in the colloquium on "U.S.-European best practices exchange" on diversity

Forum's coverage of NABJ Conference in 2010

Our work with Louisiana Ethnic Media (a page from the older version of our website)


Our site and publications are used as reference point/resources by the following organiations and resource sites

AEJMC's Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity

ASJMC's Publicaiton & Documents section

ASJMC's Diversity Booklet (under "Resources")

'Strong' Black Woman? 'Smart' Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes

By Kumari Devarajan
(Feb. 17, 2018 | NPR) - During my senior year of high school, I started dreading calculus. Every time my teacher slapped our tests face-down on our desks, I would peel up the corner of the page just enough to see the score, circled in red. The numbers were dropping quickly: 79, 64, 56.

Five decades after Kerner Report, representation remains an issue in media

By Darren Walker
(March 5, 2018 | Columbia Journalism Review) - AMERICA’S ALARMING DISUNION is evident any time you turn on the news or read the paper. But a recent survey commissioned by the Ford Foundation indicates that our disconnect goes beyond our political disagreements—that our division may be exacerbated by the makeup of our media.

Related publication:

Book Cover of Separate and Unequal

SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL: The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism
by Steven M. Gillon

The status of women of color in the U.S. news media 2018: full report

cover image of status of women of color report 2018

(March 6, 2018 | Women's Media Center) - Women of color represent just 7.95 percent of U.S. print newsroom staff, 12.6 percent of local TV news staff, and 6.2 percent of local radio staff, according to industry research that is based on news organizations’ replies to professional association queries.

Press Release about this report.

Change in gender norms brings a pronoun revolution

logo of gender pronouns

By Stephanie Ebbert
(March 11, 2018 | Boston Globe) - Corey Prachniak-Rincón self-identifies as genderqueer because “male” just doesn’t seem sufficient. Born male and married to a man, Prachniak-Rincón has had various styles over the years — sometimes wearing longer hair and a more feminine look — and a few years ago dropped the masculine pronouns for the more ambiguous, if plural, “they/them/theirs.”

The Iceman Cometh Out

By Stephanie Burt
(Feb. 19, 2018 | The New York Times) - Superhero comics address, and empower, straight white nerdy boys. That’s been true of most comics, for most of their history. But is it the genre’s central truth? For some of us, it never was. As Ramzi Fawaz, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has pointed out, superhero comics are the only popular genre in which anomalous bodies are not just tolerated but celebrated: The same thing that makes you look weird means you can save the world.

A Conversation on Black Media

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Photo Credit: Our Time Press via Voices of NY

Voices of NY
(March 7, 2018 | Voices of NY) - On Feb. 26, members of the New York-based Black press participated in “Real Black Media or Fake News?”, a roundtable at For My Sweet in Brooklyn. Nayaba Arinde of Amsterdam News, Wuyi Jacobs of WBAI-FM’s Afrobeat Radio, Brooklyn filmmaker Attika J. Torrence and David Greaves, founder of Our Time Press, shared ideas for making Black media sustainable and accessible. Basir Mchawi, of WBAI-FM’s “Education at the Crossroads,” hosted.

Republican anti-immigrant ads, messaging can drive voter attitudes, studies show

By Stephen A. Nuno
(Feb. 15, 2018 | NBC News) - Some Republican candidates' campaigns have defended their use of controversial immigration-related ads and messaging by saying it reflects their voters' hard line stances on the issues, but two studies find it also works the other way around.

A study from University of California-Riverside found that ads and inflammatory language are actually “activating” voters' latent stereotypes about Latinos and immigrants and those sentiments in turn are influencing how voters feel about immigration policies.

Related Research

Tone Matters: Effects of Exposure to Positive and Negative Tone of Television News Stories on Anti-Immigrant Attitudes and Carry-Over Effects to Uninvolved Immigrant Groups
By Laura Jacob & Meta van der Linden
International Journal of Public Opinion Research | 2017

The Effects of Anti-Immigrant Right-Wing Populist Ads on Implicit and Explicit Attitudes: A Moderated Mediation Model
Jörg Matthes, Desirée Schmuck
Communication Research | 2015


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