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(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)