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Journalists should learn to carefully traverse a variety of disability terminology

By Beth Haller
(Jan. 7, 2016 | NCDJ) - Most trained North American journalists try to follow style guides, but when covering the disability community, conflicting terminology sometimes exists.

It is called identity-first versus people-first language.

People-first language, terms such as people with disabilities or woman with cerebral palsy, is the terminology many in North America have heard of. It represents the shift away for outdated terms like “handicapped” or the offensive “retarded.” Read more


New research: Are smart people less racist?

By Denise-Marie Ordway
(Jan. 14, 2016 | Journalist’s Resource) - What makes people adopt conservative or liberal political views? Why are some individuals drawn to – or turned off by – certain religions or spiritual beliefs? What determines whether someone will support racism? Read more


Racial and ethnic background, gender to be considered in Senate appointments: Monsef

By Michelle Zilio
(Jan. 17, 2016 | CTV News) - Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef says linguistic, racial and ethnic background, as well as gender, will be considered by the advisory board tasked with recommending potential Senate appointments. Read more


Media call out "Racial Double Standard" in coverage of Oregon Militia

Oregon Militia
Source: The Washington Post

(Jan. 5, 2016 | Media Matters for America) - Media highlighted the "racial double standard" in the coverage of an armed group of protestors occupying a federal building in Oregon as compared to recent coverage of minority group protestors like members of the Black Lives Matter movement. While some in the media referred to the Oregon militiamen as "patriots," black and Muslim protesters have previously been labeled as "terrorists" or "thugs." Read more


The myth of 'diversity' in Hollywood

By Zeba Blay
(Dec. 21, 2015 | The Huffington Post) - Earlier this year, a friend of mine revealed some good news. She was in talks with a reputable network to develop a TV show based on her life. I was ecstatic for her, and ecstatic for girls like her: alternative black 20-somethings trying to make it in New York City. Read more


How adolescents cope with digital stress

(Jan. 5, 2016 | Journalist's Resource) - So-called digital “drama” is not limited only to relatively benign arguments or gossip. It has famously crossed the line to “cyberbullying,” a type of harassment to which a large number of American adolescents and teenagers are susceptible. Read more


What stagnant diversity means for America’s newsrooms

(Dec. 15, 2015 | PBS News Hour) - As racial concerns continue to rise to the surface across America, is the media doing enough to tell the stories of people of color? Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks to Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute about the industry’s struggle with diversity.


Paying to ignore racism

By Shaun Harper
(Dec. 10, 2015 | Inside HigherEd) - Each year, college presidents, provosts, deans and other senior administrators hire researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, where I serve as executive director, to spend three to four days on their campuses conducting what feels like nonstop focus groups with students of color and their white peers about the realities of race on campuses. Read more


'Vogue' declares a strong stance on diversity

By David Yi
(Dec. 17, 2015 | Mashable) - Vogue magazine has always been deemed the ultimate purveyor of fashion, style and societal trends. And now it wants to be known as the destination for diversity.

Come 2016, the high fashion publication, under the direction of Conde Nast's artistic director and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, will begin efforts to expand its reach to be more inclusive. Read more


Soledad O’Brien speaks on the importance of diversity in the media

By Alyssa Bessasparis
(Dec. 6, 2015 | The Maneater)Broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien drew a diverse crowd of MU students, faculty and community members to Jesse Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 3, where she spoke about both her work in journalism and her personal background.

O’Brien, whose mother is black and Cuban and father is white and American, talked about her family’s and her own experiences with diversity, standing up for one’s views and the importance of allowing one’s voice to be heard. Read more



One way to solve media's diversity problem: It is called "writers of color"

By Krithika Varagur
(Nov. 24, 2015 | The Huffington Post) - Every writer of color and most readers of color know the jolt of seeing a name like yours in print. It's a facsimile of the nod, the silent acknowledgment of a face like yours in a crowd. Read more


Race and the free-speech diversion

Free Speech and Diversion
Protesters, students, and media fill Traditions Plaza at the University of Missouri. Photograph by Michael Cali / San Diego Union-Tribune / TNS via Landov

By Jelani Cobb
(Nov. 10, 2015 | New Yorker) - Of the many concerns unearthed by the protests at two major universities this week, the velocity at which we now move from racial recrimination to self-righteous backlash is possibly the most revealing. The unrest that occurred at the University of Missouri and at Yale University, two outwardly dissimilar institutions, shared themes of racial obtuseness, arthritic institutional responses to it, and the feeling, among students of color, that they are tenants rather than stakeholders in their universities. Read more

Related Article
- Why Tim Wolfe's resignation from the University of Missouri is a warning for all universities (Source: Chris Parr | LinkedIn Pulse)


Racial disparities in higher education: An overview

By Beckie Supiano
(Nov. 10, 2015 | Chronicle of Higher Education) - Racism on American campuses is a matter of national concern again this week following protests at the University of Missouri at Columbia that led on Monday to the resignations of both the campus’s chancellor and the system’s president. Read more


Racist cartoon disgraces State University in New York

Racist Cartoon disgraces state university in New York

By Sheryl Estrada
(Oct. 30, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - Last week, the cover of the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Plattsburgh campus’ student newspaper featured a cartoon portraying a Black male with a wide smile and bulging eyes in a cap and gown walking through a run-down urban neighborhood. Read more


Building the first Slavery Museum in America

By David Amsden
(March 1, 2015 | The New York Times) - Louisiana’s River Road runs northwest from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, its two lanes snaking some 100 miles along the Mississippi and through a contradictory stretch of America. Read more


How the New York Times covered Ferguson

Ferguson Coverage
Photo: Whitney Curtis for The New York Times

(Oct. 5, 2015 | Times Insider) - The Times recently passed one million digital-only subscribers. To celebrate, Times Insider this week is checking in with the reporters and editors behind some of our biggest stories and core coverage areas of the past four years.

When an unarmed black teenager was shot by a white police officer on Aug. 9, 2014, kicking off unrest in Ferguson, Mo., the first New York Times reporter on the scene flew 300 miles from Chicago.

The story escalated, and The Times kicked into high gear. We needed coverage, and quickly.

Reporters came from St. Louis, but also flew in from New York, New Orleans, Houston and Atlanta. Photographers and videographers captured the scene. Our journalists filed day and night to a team of editors in New York. Read more



Human Rights, Hate Crimes and Hashtags: Evaluating Community Discussions on Social Media

By Katie Lever, Research Assistant, and Victoria LaPoe, Western Kentucky University

It is obvious that culture and time shape language. The word "tweet" was once used to exclusively describe communication between birds, but now millions of humans tweet on a daily basis. These tweets still send messages but they resonate much louder than a simple chirp. Although flighty like birds, tweets can hold tremendous weight in spite of their short window of relevance (Tweets are extremely replaceable and hard to find in the time after they are posted due to the massive circulation of tweets around the world) with the aid of the pound sign. Read more


CNN democratic debate backlash: Journalists Of color blast network's 'ghettoizing' reporters on race, immigration questions

By Aaron Morrison
(Oct. 14, 2015 | International Business Times) - As a black journalist, Zuri Berry has often been asked if he wanted to take a story assignment because it involved the African-American community. On at least one occasion he has said no. Other times, he has happily accepted the assignment. Read more


Evelyn Hsu appointed Executive Director of Maynard Institute

Evelyn Hsu

(Sept. 25, 2015 | MIJE ) - The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s board of directors has named Evelyn Hsu as its executive director.Read more


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Remembering Dori J. Maynard

Dori J. Maynard

Dori J. Maynard has been a model for those of us working on the Media Diversity Forum. We have appreciated her advice and sharing of information, and we value the leadership she and the Maynard Institute have provided to efforts across this country to increase diversity and social justice in the media. We knew she always would be available when we reached out to her. But most of all we will miss her as a wonderful person and a true friend.

- Ralph Izard
Executive Director, Media Diversity Forum
Feb. 25, 2015.


Related Stories:
- Sally Lehrman on Dori Maynard: "A Legacy of Fierce Love" (Maynard Institute | March 3, 2015)

- Dori J. Maynard, longtime champion of diversity, died Tuesday, Feb. 24 (Source: Maynard Institute)

- Social media reaction: How we remembered Dori J. Maynard @djmaynard (Source: San Jose Mercury News)


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