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By Liz Spayd
(Dec. 17, 2016 | The New York Times) - Only two of the 20-plus reporters who covered the presidential campaign for The New York Times were black. None were Latino or Asian. That’s less diversity than you’ll find in Donald Trump’s cabinet thus far. Of The Times’s newly named White House team, all six are white, as is most everyone in the Washington bureau. Read more
By Zeba Blay
(Dce. 19, 2016 | The Huffington Post) - Between the deaths of greats like Prince and Muhammed Ali, the destruction in Aleppo and the circus that was the U.S. presidential election, 2016 was the year of one awful thing after another.
But despite the awfulness, stellar writing by people of color provided clarity, comfort and insight in even the darkest moments this year. Read more
By Amy wang
(Nov. 21, 2016 | The Washington Post) - The “Hamilton” actor who delivered the Broadway show’s viral message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a performance Friday said there is “nothing to apologize for” in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s many tweets demanding one from what he deemed a “very rude” cast of an “overrated” show.
Speaking on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, Brandon Victor Dixon — who plays Aaron Burr in the musical — said he felt that the popular show was a platform through which the cast could deliver a plea for understanding and inclusion after a divisive presidential election. Read more.
(Nov. 14, 2016 | Maynard Institute) - Gwen Ifill, a pioneering African-American journalist whose career evolved from an internship in a newspaper city room to the pinnacle of national political journalism, died Monday from endometrial cancer in Washington at age 61.
We at the Maynard Institute mourn her loss. She was a generous mentor, particularly to young people, and a great friend of the Institute.
Ms. Ifill was co-anchor of “The PBS NewsHour” and moderator of the PBS “Washington Week” program. She moderated a Democratic primary debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in February, before illness forced her to take a leave of absence from PBS. Read more
By Shaun R. Harper and Charles H. F. Davis III
(Academe | November-December 2016) - Last year, at dozens of colleges and universities across the United States, students protested institutional unresponsiveness to pervasive issues of racial inequity. Most media attention disproportionately focused on the popularity of the protests as opposed to the actual issues underlying campus unrest. Read more
(Academe | November - December 2016) - Large student protests against racist incidents, closely watched by national media, roiled the University of Missouri and Yale University campuses. At the University of Missouri and Ithaca College, protests resulted in the resignation of university presidents. Yale and Princeton Universities, among others, were forced to consider renaming buildings and programs that bear the names of historical figures associated with racism and white supremacy and were pushed to increase racial diversity among students and faculty. Read more
(Oct. 25, 2016 | NABJ) - The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) are pleased to announce the 2016 class for the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, a transformational leadership program for journalists of color.
The 25 participants, chosen from a pool of more than 200 applicants, are emerging leaders in digital media who have demonstrated an aptitude and potential for leadership through current projects and references. The academy will include guidance on navigating newsroom culture, leadership styles, the business of journalism and entrepreneurship, as well as networking and one-on-one coaching. Read more
By George White
(Oct. 3, 2016 | New America Media) - In the wake of a two-year campaign that generated increases in the number of African Americans and other students of color on its campuses, the University of California and the Boys & Girls Club of America have launched an outreach partnership that could become a new model for building additional diversity pipelines on statewide and national levels. Read more
By Betty Ann Heggie
(Oct. 6, 2016 | The Huffington Post) - Since the inception of film, seldom have women, minorities or even nonconformist males held the center of a story, serving instead as the adjunct or love interest. Rarely the subject, most often the object.
Subtly, through the years we have been indoctrinated to view the world through a patriarchal lens. In virtually every sector those who select the protagonist, choose the narrative, act as distributor and pen the review, have endorsed or subscribed to a traditional masculine value system. Read more
By Jen Kinney
(Sept. 12, 2016 | NextCity.Org) - Over the next five years, a new fund will aim to award $100 million in coding scholarships to groups underrepresented in the tech sector, including women and racial minorities, according to a press release. The Tech Opportunity Fund, launched by code school The Iron Yard in collaboration with Code Fellows and Operation HOPE, will make scholarships available in 24 U.S. cities, including Indianapolis, Nashville, Raleigh, Tampa and Detroit. Read more.
By Sheryl Estrada
(September 8, 2016 | DiversityInc.) - Recording artist, producer and fashion designer Kanye West began New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 with a casting call controversy. On Saturday, West used Twitter to post a model casting notice for his “Yeezy Season 4” fashion show.
It read: “Multiracial women only. No makeup please come as you are.” Read more.
- Kanye West Responds to “Multi-Racial” Casting-Call Backlash (Vanities | Sept. 7, 2016)
(Aug. 25, 2016 | Missouri School of Journalism) — The University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Office of the Provost and the Mizzou Advantage initiative announce today a new, immersive education-industry recruiting and training effort designed to increase the representation of underserved communities in journalism and strategic communication. Read more
The LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Jerry Ceppos discusses how recent events in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas highlight the need for greater diversity at media organizations.
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By Robert Mann
(Aug. 19, 2016 | NOLA) - The news from Baton Rouge last month was a city immersed in crisis and death, divided and virtually at war with itself over the death of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man killed by Baton Rouge police officers in early July. Twelve days later, another tragedy engulfed the city — the shooting of six police officers, three of whom died. Read more
By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio
(Aug. 18, 2016 | DiversityInc.) - A study released this month by Wells Fargo (No. 12 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) found a gender wage gap, “unmanageable” student loan debt and racial disparities when it comes to wealth and salaries for millennials. Read more
By Sheryl Estrada
(June 24, 2016 | DiversityInc.) - Milo Yiannopoulos is a tech editor at conservative news site Breitbart with a penchant for Internet trolling, but he has sent his final tweet. After inciting a barrage of racist tweets aimed at “Saturday Night Live” comedian Leslie Jones, Yiannopoulos was permanently suspended from Twitter on Tuesday. Read more
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
Chinese company behind incredibly racist ad calls foreign media 'too sensitive' (May 28, 2016 | Shanghaiist.Com)
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
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
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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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
- Too Black to be French
(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
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
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.
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
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
(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
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
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
Comcast’s Chief Diversity Officer Talks ‘Race’ at Screening (DiversityInc. | Feb. 22, 2016)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
(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
(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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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.
- 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)