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"Completely racist" ad for washing detergent that was aired on Chinese TV and at cinemas

By Christopher Ivan
(May 26, 2016 | Shanghaiist) - As any foreigner who has ever lived in China can attest, attitudes regarding race and skin color are often quite different here from back home. Still even with prior experience, sometimes this country can leave you completely and utterly dumbfounded. Read more

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China and India have a huge problem with racism toward black people

By Ishaan Tharoor
(May 27, 2016 | The Washington Post) - Just minutes before his birthday, Masonda Ketanda Olivier was beaten to death. The Congolese national was confronted by a mob of men late at night last Friday in New Delhi and killed. Police said the incident was a dispute over the hiring of an autorickshaw; Olivier's friend, an Ivorian national, said it was a clear hate crime, with racial epithets repeatedly invoked. Read more


Minority-owned media firms lend support to FCC’s Set-Top box proposal

By Amir Nasr
(May 19, 2016 | Morning Consult) - Leaders of African American-owned media companies wrote to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. G.K. Butterfield in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to open up the cable set-top box market for third party manufacturers. Read more


Segregated schools nearly doubled from 2000

By By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio
(May 23, 2016 | DiversityInc.) - The repeated practice of racially segregating schools in the U.S. has increased in recent years. And a new report concluded that segregating schools has negative effects on the education minority students receive. Read more


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The Southern Rites: A movie on race relations

A film by Gillian Laub

(Source: Women Make Movies) - Broadcast nationally on HBO, SOUTHERN RITES is a powerful portrayal of how perceptions and politics have divided two towns in southeast Georgia along racial lines for years. In 2009, The New York Times Magazine published filmmaker and acclaimed photographer Gillian Laub’s controversial images of Montgomery County High School’s racially segregated proms. Read more

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The right to vote

Antia Earls on Right to Vote

(April 30, 2016 | The Open Mind hosted by Alexander Heffner) - Anita Earls of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice talks about voter suppression. Read more


U.S. suicide rate has risen sharply in the 21st century

By Dan Keating and Lenny Bernstein
(April 22, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The U.S. suicide rate has increased sharply since the turn of the century, led by an even greater rise among middle-aged white people, particularly women, according to federal data released Friday. Read more


Diversity: The college admissions buzzword

By Ryan Fan
(April 20, 2016 | The Emory Wheel) - In the 21st century, diversity has become one of the most valued traits of any workplace or college campus. It represents the pinnacle of any developed, progressive society; it is the barometer of acceptance and fairness. Like any other core value of organizations and institutions, however, diversity has become overused and exploited.


Bridging the research to practice gap: Achieving mission-driven diversity and inclusion goals

by Terri Taylor, Jeff Milem, and Art Coleman
(Education Counsel | March 2016) - This paper aims to help institutions of higher education learn from and leverage existing research to enhance their ability to meet mission-driven diversity and inclusion goals through well-supported policies and practices. Read more


Slack hires ex-Twitter engineer who sparked diversity conversation

By Jessica Guynn
(April 21, 2016 | USA Today) - Slack has hired Leslie Miley, the former Twitter engineer who sparked public debate for challenging the social media company's commitment to advancing diversity. Read more


AP expands race and ethnicity reporting team

(March 15, 2016 | Associated Press) - The Associated Press is significantly expanding its coverage of race and ethnicity issues and their impact on the United States, the news cooperative announced today.

The existing team, under the direction of Race and Ethnicity Editor Sonya Ross, will increase in number with reporters, photographers, videographers and others from across the country dedicated to delving more deeply into the race issues of the day, including a sharp focus on the 2016 campaign and its impact on people of color. Read more


The whiteness of the media is a slow-motion Train Wrec

Source: Media Matters for America


The New Yorker’s latest cover is a very moving view on racial tension in America

New Yorker's Latest Moving Cover
By Chris Ware (courtesy of The New Yorker 2016) via The Washington Post

By Michael Cavna
THE COVER commands you to stop, but not just because of the sign.

(March 10, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Chris Ware (“Building Stories,” “Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth”) is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, rendering scenes that feel layered in meaning. And for this week’s issue, Ware again pulls in the reader with an image succinctly titled, “Stop.” Read more


Pitts: Diversity in entertainment industry can change society

By Leonard Pitts Jr.
(Feb. 6, 2016 | Houston Chronicle) - So it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry. And it doesn't even have to be a particularly good sitcom.

That's the bottom line of a study recently presented before a conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Read more

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Black Hollywood had its own Oscars, and it was incredible

By Collier Meyerson
(Feb. 25, 2016 | Fusion) - Wednesday night’s All Def Movie Awards, Russell Simmons’ quick-fix answer to #OscarsSoWhite, was a brilliant, absurdist sideshow. It laid bare the Academy Awards’ neutered jokes, uninspired fashions, chronic white male faces, and the unimaginative acceptance speeches viewers suffer through year after year. At ADMA, the presenters, categories, and winning actors had one thing on their minds: telling Hollywood that blackness is something to behold. Read more


The crisis in Flint is about more than poisoned water

By Jean Rose
(Feb. 2, 2016 | Ford Foundation) - By now, the consequences of the disastrous decision to shift the source of the city of Flint, MI’s water supply are well known. The public outcry generated by almost daily headline coverage of the crisis has led to some urgent and essential actions—such as distributing bottled water and monitoring children exposed to high levels of lead—as well as conversations about the need for a permanent solution. But for that solution to be a meaningful and lasting one, we need to look back to the roots of the problem. Read more


Diversity on television is not just a black and white issue

By Jane Martinson
(Jan. 24, 2016 | The Guardian) - It’s not funny any more. Even though UK viewers are likely to see more sexist behaviour per hour of primetime comedy than in any other genre of television, the lack of diversity on and behind our screens is a little less than LOL. Read more


Where is the diversity in The Washington Post’s top ranks?

By Erik Wemple
(Feb. 2, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The two emails arrived at the inboxes of Washington Post staffers within ten minutes of each other on Monday: The first announced that Lonnae O’Neal, a 24-year veteran of The Post, was leaving to join The Undefeated, the race-culture-sports website under the roof of ESPN. Read more


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

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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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