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By Campbell Robertson
(Aug. 24, 2015 | The New York Times) - As the 10th anniversary approaches of Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic levee breaches in New Orleans, a new survey finds a stark racial divide in how residents here view the recovery. Read more
- Katrina 10 years later: New Orleans disrespects its Black community (DiversityInc. | Aug. 28, 2015)
By Alyssa Rosenerberg
(Aug. 18, 2015 | The Washington Post) - Last Thursday, NBC presented its slate of new fall television shows, including sitcom “Truth Be Told,” on the final day of the Television Critics Association press tour. “Truth Be Told” centers on two couples — played by Tone Bell and Bresha Webb, who are African American, Vanessa Lachey, who is mixed-race, and Mark Paul Gosselaar, who is white — who are close friends and neighbors. The show’s conceit is that the characters are close enough to be able to have honest conversations, including about issues of race. Read more
By Brandon Bailey
(Aug. 13, 2015 | The Washington Post) - Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics hired in the last year, although that barely moved the needle in terms of improving the diversity of its total workforce. Read more
- Tech Diversity: Hewlett-Packard Adds Numerous Women, African-Americans To The Boards Of Its New Companies (International Business Times | Aug. 12, 2015)
- Jesse Jackson escalates Silicon Valley diversity campaign (USA Today | Aug. 10, 2015)
By Patricia Cohen
(Aug. 16, 2015 | The New York Times) - Even with tuition shooting up, the payoff from a college degree remains strong, lifting lifelong earnings and protecting many graduates like a Teflon coating against the worst effects of economic downturns. Read more
(Aug. 4, 2015 | Channel4.Com) - Do you know how to act around a disabled person? A new poll for for disability charity Scope's End the Awkward campaign shows the majority of disabled people - 62 per cent - say they are treated differently because they are disabled. Read more
(Aug. 6, 2015 | Marketwatch.Com) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces that BuzzFeed received the organization's Best Practices Award. The honor was presented at the association's 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis, MN the nation's largest annual gathering of minority journalists. Read more
By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio
(Aug. 14, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will be offering a unique class this fall: a course inspired by the events following the tragic death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. The class, entitled “Freddie Gray’s Baltimore: Past, Present, and Moving Forward,” will be offered to University of Maryland law and social work students. Read more
By Sheryl Estrada
(Aug. 10, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - It’s not a news flash that major Hollywood films lack diverse characters. The acting nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were solely white actors and actresses. Read more
By Sheryl Estrada
(June 16, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - In 2011, Asheesh Saksena joined Cox Communications as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, where he routinely uses strategic thinking to make important choices, which affect corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and incubating new businesses. Read more
By Gillian White
(July 24, 2015 | The Atlantic) - Landing an entry-level gig in a newsroom is no easy task. Positions that are truly open to the public are hard to come by, and when one pops up, competition is fierce. So what does it take to get a job in the industry right now? Applicants just need to be savvy, persistent—and it also helps a lot if they’re white. Read more
-13 top editors on how they think about diversity in their newsrooms (BuzzFeed | Aug. 11, 2014)
- Building a diverse newsroom is work
(July 30, 2015 | WSJ Blog) - The image-sharing site today said it has put in place specific diversity goals for 2016, including increasing the hiring rate for full time engineering roles to 30% women and 8% underrepresented minorities. For non-engineering roles, it aims to hire 12% of workers from underrepresented minorities. Read more
By Jessica Guynn
(July 21, 2015 | USA Today) - A new hashtag on Twitter, #RealDiversityNumbers, is challenging technology companies on their efforts to create more diversity.
Started by Erica Baker, a former Google employee who is now an engineer at start-up Slack and who goes by Erica Joy on some publishing platforms, the hashtag is both letting people vent frustration about the industry's lack of progress and offer solutions on how to approach the problem. Read more
By Elahe Izadi and Abby Phillip
(July 9, 2015 | The Washington Post) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill that will bring down the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds, less than a day after lawmakers in the state House of Representatives voted to remove it. Read more
By Salvador Rodriguez
(July 7, 2015 | International Business Times) - When Angelica Coleman, a young African-American woman, walked into the offices of Dropbox Inc. for a job interview in October 2013, one of the first things she noticed was how nobody there looked like her. When she quit this February, one of the last things she was told by her direct manager was that if she wanted to keep climbing the Silicon Valley corporate ladder, “you need to go somewhere else." Read more
By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio
(July 9, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - A study released Tuesday by the Women Donors Network’s Reflective Democracy Campaign draws a poor conclusion when it comes to diversity among American prosecutors. Read more
By Christopher Ingraham
(June 18, 2015 | The Washington Post) - Nine black church congregants were killed by a white shooter last night in Charleston, S.C., a shocking event that local police are characterizing as a hate crime. Below are several pieces of critical context on hate crimes and hate groups from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the FBI and other sources. Read more
S.C. Gov. Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag near the state Capitol (The Washington Post | June 22, 2015)
Pew Research Center Resource: Black. White. Asian. American Indian. Pacific Islander.
- Pew study: Whites with Native American ancestry largest multiracial group in United States (Source: USNews.Com)
— MediaDiversityForum (@MediaDiversity) June 8, 2015
This web section of the Nieman report includes articles on the case of more inclusive newsroom. Click here to access the website.
(AutismSite.Com's Blog) - As a non-verbal teen with autism, Dillan Barmache’s ideas remained trapped inside his head for years. From a young age, his inability to express himself increased Dillan’s anxiety — his family knew he was desperate to communicate that he was more than the few sounds that left his lips.
(May 20, 2015 | Journalist's Resource) - As issues of crime and race again came into the national spotlight during the 1990s, many social scientists and communications scholars sought to study the portrayal of racial minorities within news media. Numerous studies documented the high rate at which persons of color were typically portrayed as violent or dangerous in newspapers and television. Read more
By April Bethea
(May 29, 2015 | SPJ Blog) - The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), with funding support from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, is announcing the creation of a fellowship to cover management training for SPJ members who are journalists of color, those who identify as LGBTQ or have disabilities.
The 2015 Reginald Stuart Diversity Management Fellowship will cover the expenses for two SPJ members to attend the Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy, a weeklong training for managers held each October in St. Petersburg, Fla. Applications are due July 15. Read more
Funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation, this offers a new opportunity for emerging and established journalists from ethnic and mainstream media who cover issues on poverty.
(May 29, 2015 | New America Media) - The fellowship aims to expand and increase the public’s understanding of poverty in the United States. Nearly 50 million Americans are struggling at or below the poverty line. That means there are 50 million stories to be told from different perspectives. Read the full media advisory
By Melonyce McAfee
(May 29, 2015 | CNN) - A California auction house is selling an early drawing by Dr. Seuss that's sure to disappoint the parents and children who adore his later work.
The 1929 color illustration for "Judge" magazine depicts a blatantly racist scenario and uses a slur to describe black people. It's being auctioned for a minimum bid of $20,000. Read more
By Alastair Himmer
(May 12, 2015 | Yahoo! News via AFP) - Ariana Miyamoto entered the Miss Universe Japan beauty contest after a mixed-race friend committed suicide. And she endured abuse after winning the crown because of her skin colour.
Far from being put off by the backlash, Miyamoto resolved to use her new-found fame to help fight racial prejudice -- in much the same way British supermodel Naomi Campbell broke down cultural barriers in the fashion industry a generation ago. Read more
A Sweden-based schoalrly journal -- Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies -- has published a special issue on "Minority Media Context" in January this year. Click this link to access the article information included in the special issue.
By Rebecca Raber
(December 9, 2014 | TakePart.Com) - By now you’ve probably heard about the whitewashed casting of Ridley Scott’s upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which stars pale Brit Christian Bale as Moses and pasty Aussie Joel Edgerton—in an awful lot of bronzer—as pharaoh-to-be Ramses II. Some defenders have argued that the decision to cast non-Egyptian/Arab/Semitic/African actors in these roles is less about race than about money. Read more
Source: Diverse Issues in Higher Education
For several years now,
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has produced the Top 100 Degree Producers rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students.
Using the links included in this report, you will be able to generate rankings according to the total number of degrees awarded to minority students across all disciplines as well as in specific disciplines.
By Paul Krugman
(May 4, 2015 | The New York Times) - Every time you’re tempted to say that America is moving forward on race — that prejudice is no longer as important as it used to be — along comes an atrocity to puncture your complacency. Almost everyone realizes, I hope, that the Freddie Gray affair wasn’t an isolated incident, that it’s unique only to the extent that for once there seems to be a real possibility that justice may be done. Read more
By Latoya Peterson
(May 12, 2015 | Fusion) - On Monday, May 11, 26-year-old Byrant Heyward called the police for assistance as two men forced their way inside his Hollywood, South Carolina home. After the men fled and police arrived, Heyward exited the house, still holding the firearm he had to defend himself from the intruders. According the The Guardian, two seconds after deputy sheriff Keith Tyner — working from 911 call information that described the suspects as “black males” — barked an order for the African-American Heyward to drop his weapon, Tyner shot him in the neck. Heyward was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries; one of the thieves was found and arrested later that day. Read more
By Josh Levs
(April 29, 2015 | CNN) - A term used by President Barack Obama and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to characterize rioters has given new life to a debate over the word "thug." "Of course it's not the right word, to call our children 'thugs,'" Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." Read more
By Richard Rothstein
(April 29, 2015 | Economic Policy Institute) - In Baltimore in 1910, a black Yale law school graduate purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood. The Baltimore city government reacted by adopting a residential segregation ordinance, restricting African Americans to designated blocks. Read more
By Haroon Siddique
(April 9, 2015 | The Guardian) - A new independent television production company is to put race, gender and sexual diversity at the top of its agenda in a bid to challenge the lack of diversity in Britain’s creative industries.
Sugar Films has been formed by three senior TV executives following a campaign led by Lenny Henry highlighting the fact that only 5% of employees in the creative industries are black and minority ethnic (BME), despite BMEs making up 12.5% of the total UK population. Read more
By Michael Nam
(April 28, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - Baltimore’s current dire situation can find its roots in a history of crushing poverty, a segregated populace, and long-running police brutality. The Black population of the city has suffered considerably through booms and busts of the U.S. economy, with little in the way of relief. Read more
(April 16, 2015 | Ledger Enquirer) - Last week, I sat in a workshop about stereotypes in the media. It was held at Columbus State University as part of an annual diversity conference.
The walls were decorated with sheets of paper with labels based on race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity.
Source: YouTube Channel of New Day Films
(April 17, 2015 | Journalist's Resource) - Throughout the academic year, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy hosts a weekly speaker series. Over the spring 2015 semester, these events have featured a variety of journalists and media thinkers, from David Skok of the Boston Globe to Anna Holmes of Fusion. A common topic addressed during this semester’s events was the role of journalists and editors in a rapidly evolving digital media industry. The following are highlights from this spring’s discussions, with a focus on advice and tips for journalists and reflections on the media landscape.
The numbers behind the broadband ‘homework gap’ [April 20, 2015 | Pew Research Center]
By Kat Chow
(April 20, 2015 | NPR) - Remember that Deadline article from a few weeks back? In which the writer pointed out that Hollywood is diversifying — and claimed that's a bad thing?
At least one good thing may come of it:
A media coalition of multi-ethnic Hollywood watchdogs — including the American Indians in Film and Television, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, NAACP Hollywood Bureau and National Hispanic Media Coalition — is calling on the industry's talent agencies to meet with the coalition and talk about how to inject more color into their lineups, not less. Read more
2015 State of on-screen diversity [National Urban League | April 15, 2015]
By CEO of DiversityInc Luke Visconti and Sheryl Estrada
(April 16, 2015 | DiversityInc.) - The Clorox Company recently had a social media clean up to do.
Responding to criticism that emojis were not diverse, Apple released racially diverse emojis with its new iOS 8.3 on April 8. By tapping and holding down on emoji symbols that look like humans, users and choose from up to six skin tones that can be used in text messages and emails. Read more
(April 15, 2015 | Journalist's Resource) - For more than a half-century, social scientists have been exploring and debating the idea of “racial threat,” in which white citizens adopt more racist attitudes, and support more racially biased policies, as their perceived dominance becomes “threatened” by the growth of African-American or other minority populations in or near white communities. Read more
(April 21, 2015 | New America Media) - This special section focuses on issues that can help ethnic elders live with dignity and security with the essential income seniors need to maintain their homes, health and peace of mind as they age. The Atlantic Philanthropies supported the New America Media (NAM) in creating this website. This section is edited by NAM Ethnic Elders Newsbeat Director Paul Kleyman. Read more
María E. Len-Ríosa, Teri Finnemana, Kyung Jung Hana, Manu Bhandaria & Earnest L. Perrya
This multi-method study examines how the use of social media in a crisis campaign involving race-related issues may affect a public figure’s credibility and perceived response appropriateness. First, image repair theory is used to analyze Paula Deen’s image repair campaign in the wake of the National Enquirer’s revelation that she admitted to using the “N-word” during a lawsuit deposition. Our analysis shows her response strategies were unsuccessful because her apology did not center on the allegations, and she was contradictory in her bolstering, minimization, and mortification strategies. We build on the Deen case study results by exploring the effectiveness of tweeted message strategies in a race-related crisis via Twitter. We use a mixed-design experiment examining how public figure type (politician v. TV celebrity) and response strategy (moral defense, performance defense, defiance defense, no defense) affect perceptions of a female public figure’s credibility and perceptions of the appropriateness of the response. Results show that any of the three responses are better than no response when addressing charges of racial insensitivity. A defiance defense, as newly tested strategy, and moral defense worked better for the TV celebrity condition than the politician condition. Implications are discussed.
Source: International Journal of Strategic Communication, 9(2)
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)