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Ruling against defense of Marriage Act is major diversity victory
By Barbara Frankel | DiversityInc
(June 1, 2012) – Diversity and inclusion advocates are celebrating a major legal victory in the civil-rights battle of this century on marriage equality. A Boston federal court determined that portions of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional, bringing the case to the Supreme Court and the strong possibility that the law will be permanently overturned. Read more

Race and Media
Media portrayals of black youths and racial tension
By Joshunda Sanders
(May 24, 2012 | Maynard Institute) – Mainstream media often portray African-American youths, especially black men and boys, as criminals, crime victims and predators. These stereotypes, according to social justice advocates, can create a racially charged atmosphere that results in violence such as the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. Read more

“Demands” of minorities as new majority     
Based on a satirical piece in Dominion of New York 

By Dominion of New York and Voices of NY
(May 23, 2012) – According to the latest Census release this month, “whites are losing their grip on the ballot box even faster than predicted.” Journalist Kelly Virella at Dominion of NY offered a humorous take on the news, Now That Our Kids Are the Majority, These Are Our Demands. Though the report was published in humor section of Dominion of NY, Voices of NY ran an editorial about this report. Click here to read the editorial.  

Class, Politics and Media
Minimum wage debate is “more than just politics” for single mothers
Originally reported by Jose Acosta,El Diario La Prensa
Translated by Emily Leavitt, Voices of NY
(May 18, 2012 | Voices of NY) – With a bill to increase the minimum wage stalled in the state legislature, one single mother in the Bronx told El Diario La Prensa about her struggles to make ends meet. Read more

Intellectual Diversity
Anti-intellectualism is taking over the U.S.
By Patricia Williams | The Guardian
(May 18, 2012) – Recently, I found out that my work is mentioned in a book that has been banned, in effect, from the schools in Tucson, Arizona. The anti-ethnic studies law passed by the state. Read more       

Diversity in Media
Media coverage of reproductive rights often excludes women of color
By Nadra Kareem Nittle
(May 17, 2012 | Source: Maynard Institute) – Social wedge issues such as abortion, birth control and sex education in public schools have taken center stage and sometimes dominated the political debate this year, but progressive experts on reproductive rights are concerned that women of color are rarely represented in the mainstream media’s coverage. Read more

Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion mean zero tolerance for bullying
By Barbara Frankel
(May 11, 2012 | DiversityInc) –  Diversity and inclusion cannot exist in a culture that allows bullying in any way. Bullying starts young–examples of bullying in schools with horrific results, especially suicides are in the news every day. If bullies are left unchecked when they’re young, they grow up to be bullies in the workplace, which undermines diversity management’s impact. Read more

Diversity, Politics and Media
Obama’s support for same-sex marriage finds “accolades” in ethnic and local media 
By Voices of NY 
(May 10, 2012) – President Barack Obama’s revelation that he “personally” supports same-sex marriage — in a taped interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts — sparked a range of reactions from the ethnic press and New York City’s community media. Many took the opportunity to debunk assumptions about their community’s stance on same-sex marriage.

This report is based on the analyses and observations carried out in Amsterdam News, DNAinfo, Gay City News, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Root, Women’s eNews, and Youth ommunication. Read more        

Diversity, Politics & Media
Obama’s support for gay marriage: How did journalists respond?
By Kelly McBride
(May 9, 2012 | Poynter) – Did you say “Yay”? Tweet out a “hurrah”? Did you pass along a funny joke or link to a partisan headline like “Obama declares war on traditional America” or a story that declared the president’s announcement “A victory.” Read more

New Orleans community activist denounces New York Times portrayal of ninth ward
By Jenga Mwendo
(May 10, 2012 | Maynard Institute) –  The New York Times Magazine recently ran a story on my home, the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, a place one of the most powerful newspapers in the world insensitively dubbed a “Jungleland.” Contrary to the article, residents of this community are not reconciled to life in the wilderness and we don’t live in an untamed mess of overgrowth or in a forgotten wasteland. We are not resigned to anything; we are fighting to revive our community. Read more

Resource article on immigration
Economic slowdown in U.S. might have reduced migration flow from Mexico: A Pew Hispanic Center study finding  
By Christopher Olver
(May 4, 2012 | Source: Journalist’s Resources) –  While the political debate over immigration reform continues to evolve, underlying patterns of migration to the United States have been shifting in recent years. Read more

Are media ready to ban all offensive slurs?

Use of “that vile word”
By Richard Prince’s Journal-isms
(May 7, 2012 | Maynard Institute) – NABJ leaders urge N.Y. Post never to use “that vile word”; S. African quits job to take Nieman; apartheid era echoed; ABC, Univision announce joint cable channel; . . . L.A. riots led to better coverage of Asian Americans; Stanford fellowships cite outreach for diversity success; Jenkins to edit theRootDC for Washington Post; why have white men always hosted “Meet the Press?” Read more

More importantly, this article included responses on the media policies about using “epithets for race, ethnicity and sexual orientation” from New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Cable News Network (CNN), and Johnson Publishing Company.

DiversityInc: 3 ways to avoid racist ads like Ashton Kutcher in Popchips

Video Source: Popchipsfan on YouTube

Six national leaders and experts look at NPR’s diversity
By Edward Schumacher-Matos
(May 1, 2012 | Source: WWNO) – At my request, NPR has released more information than any mainstream media organization on the diversity of its editorial staff and audience. Read more

Cultural reality
The teen scene: Halloween versus Holi?
By Nitisha Baronia 

(Source: India West | Mar 20, 2012) – Indian-American teens are faced with both Indian and American holidays and it is sometimes quite difficult to choose which is better. Of course, one would think that being able to celebrate twice as many festivals would only spread joy. Read more

Racial reference is irrelevant when a crime suspect is found or apprehended: AP stylebook update
By Mallary Jean Tenore
(March 14, 2012 | Poynter) – The AP Stylebook has recently updated its entry on when journalists should publish information about a person’s race. Read more

Types of online activities: Significant gender and age gaps
(March 15, 2012 | Journalist’s Resources) – A 2012 study from the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan and Duke University published in First Monday, “An Analysis of the Information Behaviors, Goals and Intentions of Frequent Internet Users: Findings From Online Activity Diaries,” found that there were gender and age gaps in people’s confidence of their abilities to perform online activities and seek information.

Accoding to the study, male and younger respondents were more confident in their ability to conduct a wide variety of online activities, while women expressed slightly more confidence in their ability to make online purchases. Read more

Apache 8: A film about challenging lives of Native firefighters
Producer/Director: Sande Zeig
Apache 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighting crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S. for over 30 years. Read more about it and other films about the lives of Native women.

Let’s Get Real – A film to create awareness on bullying
(Source: GroundSpark) – Let’s Get Real examines the issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. Click here to know more about this film and watch the trailer.

Contribution of people of color in job-producing process is missing in the news coverage 
By Mike Green
(Maynard Institute | March 9, 2012) – Media coverage of hot-button issues on jobs and the U.S. economy inextricably links African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans to financial misery and economic despair. Read more  

Do white men really need diversity outreach?
(Source: DiversityInc.)How do you reach white men and make them understand that they are part of diversity? Generating buy-in from white men is a challenge in some companies, especially for middle management. Even the DiversityInc Top 50 companies are split on strategies, with some choosing to directly focus on white men as a demographic group while others insist they are included in all diversity efforts. Read more

Critiquing western media coverage of Africa
By Nadra Kareem Nittle
(Source: Maynard Institute | April 5, 2012) – Impoverished. Corrupt. Helpless. That’s how Western mainstream media often portray nations of Africa. Rarely do broadcast and print news agencies report uplifting stories, instead favoring sensational tales that frequently depict Africa as a continent in ruins. Read more

Why bilinguals are smarter?
( |  March 28, 2012) –  I recently read an article with the above title in the New York Times – sent to me by my sister who is an instructor of young children in California in a “dual immersion” Spanish/English school. The article is a must read and wake-up call to our American-centric culture that for too long has under-emphasized the role of other languages. Read more

Media coverage of evangelical Christians ignores Blacks and Latinos
Nadra Kareem Nittle
(Source: Maynard Institute |  March 22, 2012) – With state and national Republicans emphasizing religious wedge issues, such as health coverage for contraception and separation of church and state, the media have frequently reported on the demographic most aroused by these issues — evangelical voters. But have the media accurately portrayed these evangelical Christians? Read more

A joint project on news coverage of labor and sex trafficking in Carlifornia
(New America Media | Feb. 17, 2012) – NAM editors and reporters worked with SF Public Press and El Tecolote to produce a series on the battle against human trafficking in the Bay Area. Make sure to look out for the stories on NAM’s site. Read more

The New Jim Crow
(Source: The New Press) – The New Press has released the updated paperback edition of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Click here for more information about the book.

Black History Month: Facts & Figures

(Source: DiversityInc.) – Black History Month is a time to commemorate achievement. DiversityInc provides a list of the important dates and relevant demographics you need to know. Click here to view the key timeline events and demographic facts on  

Native Americans
Using UN declaration to end the epidemic of violence against women
(Feb. 1, 2012 | Source: Turtle Talk) – The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples signals a new means to change federal law and policy to restore safety to Native women, to strengthen Indian nations and advance their jurisdiction over crimes within their territories, and to end the cycle of violence in Native communities. Read more.

Source: Turtle Talk

New Book:
Overcoming Bias: A Journalist’s Guide to Culture and Context 
(Source: Holcomb Hathaway)
– This book offers a new perspective on journalism without bias. Author Sue Ellen Christian advances the argument that there is a more pervasive set of internal biases and flaws in thinking that can lead to unintentional inaccuracies and distortions in news coverage.
Click here to read more about this book.




Media coverage presents blacks as “villains” in the struggle for marriage equality
By Nadra Kareem Nittle
(December 1, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – Mainstream media coverage of the ban on same-sex marriage in California wrongly cites support from black voters as the deciding factor in passage of Proposition 8. Read more

“By Invitation Only”: A PBS award-winning film 

10 minutes of free preview
Synopsis: New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker explores the insular world of the elite, white Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras. Questioning their racial exclusivity, she takes an unprecedented insider’s look at the pageantry and asks: what does it mean to be the queen of the masked men? As she examines her own place in an alluring tradition, Snedeker challenges viewers to reflect on the roles we all play in our lives (Source:New Day Film).

What Clinton’s global LGBT-rights speech means for your company
By Barbara Frankel
(DiversityInc., December 7) – The Obama administration’s shift in policy to support LGBT rights globally is a significant human rights victory that will have long-term repercussions for companies doing business abroad. It is particularly relevant in countries where LGBT people must remain closeted for fear of ostracism, prison or even death. Read more

“Global Learning for Global Citizenship” at Florida International University
(AAC&U News, December 2011) – Florida International University (FIU) was founded with a distinctly global outlook. The Miami-based university is known for its extensive area studies and diverse faculty and student population—FIU’s student body is composed of 81 percent ethnic and racial minority students, and the university confers more bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students than any other institution in the United States.
But until recently, “that diverse, global aspect wasn’t actually being put to use for student learning,” says Hilary Landorf, director of the FIU Office of Global Learning Initiatives. Read more

Multiculturalism works, but teachers still need to speak up
Gurpreet Mahil
(November 30, 2011 | South Asian Post) – Gurpreet (Gurp) Mahil was born in Abbotsford BC, the son of first-generation immigrants from Punjab who put down roots in their Fraser Valley berry farm. Growing up in the 1980s as a turban-wearing student, he experienced racism at school. Read more

Anti-bullying laws are all the rage — but do they go too far?
by Amy Kingsley
(November 17, 2011 | Las Vegas City Life) – Students circled a bonfire Tuesday night outside Bar + Bistro, on Charleston Boulevard. They weren’t singing “Kumbuya,” but it wouldn’t have been out of place. Instead, the slogan for the evening was “It gets better,” a rallying cry for anti-bullying campaigns. This was a rally in support of that cause.
Read more

Reporting Race 
Improving media coverage of police brutality cases
By Nadra Kareem Nittle
(Maynard Institute | Oct. 6, 2011) – Extensive media coverage of the fatal police beating of a homeless man in Fullerton, Calif. has renewed questions about whether the news media react differently when the victim is white and if news outlets routinely ignore non-lethal police brutality. Read more

African-American perspective is missing in unemployment news     
By Nadra Kareem Nittle
(Sept. 29, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – Mainstream and online news media are reporting about discrimination against the unemployed across the country, but their stories are failing to focus on the hurdles encountered by African Americans, “whose unemployment rate is more than double that of whites.” Read more

Familiar pattern of minority exclusion in online news coverage
By Jean Marie Brown
(Sept.22, 2011 | Nieman Reports & New America Media) Mainstream news organizations have struggled for decades to widen their coverage to include people of color in all aspects of their lives. In contrast, the Web was expected to be different as the space is unlimited. But online news outlets are mostly maintaining the familiar pattern. Read more

Newsrooms are getting whiter: A “casualty” of economic woes
Even the newspapers that provide training for minority journalists are having challenges
By Collin Tong

(August 12, 2011 | Source: – Diversity in the nation’s newsrooms is becoming the latest casualty of the economic woes facing the American newspaper industry. Continue to read

Related links:
Media is growing more white: What’s the FCC thinking about?
1996-2010: Minority interns dropped by 11 percent in U.S. newsrooms

Pictures: New America Media

A multi-media project: “Faces of Foreclosure”
By New America Media and Investigative Reporting Workshop
(Aug. 3, 2011) – New America Media (NAM) collaborated with ethnic news organizations across California, and with the Washington DC-based Investigative Reporting Workshop for the project entitled: FACES OF FORECLOSURE — REPOSSESSING THE AMERICAN DREAM, a multi-media package on what happened to some of the 1.2 million homeowners in California. Click here to access this project

Interview of a 4-year-old kid in a gunshooting story raises questions among media educators and practitioners
By Bob Butler
(July 21, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – A Chicago television station story about the shooting of two teenagers that used video of a 4-year old boy saying he did not fear violence and wanted his own gun, has raised concerns with journalism educators and others. Read more

A review of “Black Women Redefined”
By Dori Maynard
(July 21, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – Author and media commentator Sophia A. Nelson discusses the ad, black women’s images in the media and why she was compelled to write the recently released “Black Woman Redefined.” Read more

Diversity and inclusion in management facilitate “creativity” and “innovation”
Finds a Forbes report on Global Diversity and Inclusion
(July 13, 2011) – Based on a survey on 321 industry executives, Forbes Insights, a research arm of the Forbes magazine, in a recent report concludes that “Diversity is a key driver in innovation and is critical of being successful on a global scale.” Read more

“Victory” for media diversity? Court strikes down the efforts to relax media ownership rules
(July 8, 2011 | Democracy Now) – A federal appeals court has overturned part of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that made it easier for a single company, like Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, to own a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in a single market. Read more

Related Article:
Court overturns FCC cross-ownership rules (The New York Times, July 7, 2011)

Online news sites and diversity
(June 30, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – Traditional news media are criticized for highlighting crime, entertainment, and sports over the pressing policy issues in their coverage of the people of color. Do we find the same trend in the coverage of online news sites? To know the trend in the news coverage of general-audience and ethnic news sites, click here.

“The Race Card”
By Bob Butler
(June 29, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and Jon Stewart are feuding over a skit on the comedian’s show in which he tried to mimic Cain’s voice and now the conservative and mainstream media are accusing each other of bias, which has kept the story alive for three weeks. Read more

DiversityInc documents the coverage of the New York same-sex marriage law
(June 27, 2011 | DiversityInc) – The DiversityInc staff compiled a number of reports and editorials distributed and published by different nonprofit and news organizations.
Click HERE to access the DiversityInc’s guide to the coverage of New York same-sex marriage.

Discrimination in the workplace
By Bob Gregg
(June 23, 2011 | DiversityInc) – In this article, Bob Gregg explored three types of workplace discrimination–race, sex, and disability–by citing examples from different institutions. Click HERE to read the entire article.

Related article:
DiversityInc. list of top 10 regional companies promoting workforce diversity

Race and Media
“Saggy pants” debate and the media
by Bob Butler
(June 22, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – You probably don’t know Deshon Marman but his name has been in the media for the past week since he was arrested for refusing to pull up his pants. Read more

“Medicaid’s Race Problem”: What mainstream media could do?
By Nadra Kareem Nittle
(June 21, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – When House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled his “Path to Prosperity” budget in April, Republicans widely cheered him on. He became a messiah for the GOP and an instant villain for progressives questioning his plan to privatize Medicare and slash Medicaid funding by $750 billion over the next decade. Read more

Media deportation of Jose Antonio Vargas
By Daniel Denvir
(June 21, 2011 | The Guardian) – Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post, has written an article admitting his status as an undocumented immigrant in the US. Read more

NABJ President’s open letter to Network executives and editors:
Where is the diversity in Network news?
(June 21, 2011 | NABJ) –

Dear Network Executives and Editors:

As Scott Pelley replaces Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News and Glenn Beck prepares to leave Fox News Channel, a question looms. Where is the diversity? Read more

Media Diversity
FCC studies assessed the state of viewpoint diversity and minority programming

(June 15, 2011 | FCC & Television Broadcast) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 15 released five studies that will be used in determining new media ownership rules. The five studies separately looked at: ownership structures and civic engagement; radio news consumption; minority radio programming; viewpoint diversity; and lack of local news on the Internet. Link to the 2010 media ownership studies

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Race and Media
A rare example in journalism

“Thoroughly” explored the cause of stress among minority
boys/men in poor neighborhood
(June 9, 2011 | Maynard Institute) – The Maynard Institute identified a story, originally published in the Oakland Tribune by Beatrice Motamedi, that attempted to dwell on the root causes of stress encountered by poor minority boys/men and the issues often ignored in social policies. Click the links below to read the story (in three parts) posted on the Maynard Institute’s website:

Part 1 of 3 | Part 2 of 3 | Part 3 or 3

Related article:
May 25 – “The Gathering Place” by Bob Butler (Maynard Institute)

Report: Media, Children, and Race

(June 8, 2011 | Center on Media and Human Development) – This report documents di”erences in the role of media in the lives of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian children in the United States: which types of media they use, how much time they spend in various media activities, which media platforms and devices they own, and what the media environment is like in their households. Full Report

Diversity in news media
Lack of diversity in news media leadership and editorial decision
By Bob Butler
(June 2, 2011 | Source: Maynard Institute) – A recent story on the lack of diversity on workshop panels at new media conferences highlight a problem that journalists of color have known about for a long time: the people who call the shots in our various newsrooms often do not look like us. Read more

“Geronimo” codename and “Paper Tiger”
By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
(May 16, 2011 | New America Media Ethno Blog) – Seven-year-old Little Brother came home recently wearing a spiffy new Cleveland Indians baseball cap with a bright red Chief Wahoo embroidered on it. A gift. He was so happy to have this special gift from special friends. But Chief Wahoo? Seriously? Still? Read more

DiversityInc. list of regional companies that promote workforce diversity
By Barbara Frankel
(May 16, 2011 | DiversityInc.) – The DiversityInc. identified top 10 regional companies that played a leading role in promoting workforce diversity. Read more

Reframing the diversity talk
By Dori Maynard
(April 20, 2011) – Lately there has been some discussion about how we can get the issue of diversity in journalism back on the table. Clearly the changing demographics and the growing gulf between journalists and the communities they cover have not sparked a renewed commitment to ensure that our newsrooms reflect our country. Read more

Online media hires lack diversity
By Yolanda Young
(April 1, 2011 | USA Today) – As the news media make a major transition to online and mobile platforms, diversity of staffing seems to be getting lost in the shuffle. Read more

Women represent only a third of top news media positions

By Romaine Bostick, Bloomberg
(March 22, 2011) – Women represent less than one third of the main decision makers at news companies worldwide as gender inequality leaves top management and governance dominated by males, the International Women’s Media Foundation said. Read more

Faculty diversity in higher academic institutions
(March 31, 2011 | Source: AACU) – The current newsletter of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) has published two articles on “faculty equity” and challenges with diversifying educators in higher academic institutions. Maria Maisto and Steve Street wrote an article, “Confronting Contingency: Faculty Equity and the Goals of Academic Democracy,” while Walter Benn Michaels explored the challenges with diversifying the faculty.

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Not enough female voices in opinion pages
by Mallary Jean Tenore
(Feb. 25, 2011, later Updated on Mar. 7, 2011, Source: Poynter) – Women have made the case for years that there aren’t enough female voices in the opinion pages. The root of the problem, though, isn’t so much that news organizations aren’t featuring female contributors; it’s that they aren’t contributing in the first place. Read more

Bias in media coverage: Negative perceptions and assumptions
by Linda Jimenez
Chief Diversity Officer and Staff Vice President—Diversity & Inclusion
WellPoint, Inc.
(Feb. 25, 2011) – In the past 50 years, as technology has made tremendous advancements, the power of the media has also gained increased influence as more individuals are able to access real time information with greater rapidity. Increasingly, we live in a society dependent on this information and communication to perform our daily activities. Read more

Institutionalizing diversity, ethics, and civic responsibility in curriculum
By Marilyn Kurata
(Feb 24, 2011 | Diversity & Democracy) – For the
past three years, the Princeton Review has ranked the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) among its top ten institutions for diversity within
the student body.
These rankings reflect both UAB’s ongoing efforts
to recruit students from underrepresented groups and its institutional commitments to diversity, ethics, and civic responsibility, which have been
inextricably linked in the university’s vision since
its founding in 1969. Read more

Impact of media image in low adoption of African-American boys
(Feb 23, 2011, Source | Maynard Institute) – “African American children who enter foster care after the age of 5 are much less likely to be adopted than their White peers and the situation is more grim for African American males.” In this article, Bob Butler has explored whether media image about African-American boys resulted in their low adoption.
Read more

Click here to read the part II of this article

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A discussion on “how to fix tech PR industry’s diversity deficit”

By Julian McBride
(Feb. 23, 2011, Source: MediaShift) – Persons of color are an untapped market that many PR agencies have not yet explored. Looking back at my six years in PR, I can count the number of brown colleagues I’ve worked with on less than two hands. Read more

Understanding digital divide
(Feb. 23, 2011, Source: The Washington Post) – Click here to see the archived chat on digital divide with David Sutphen and Aaron Smith.

Tlingit, Haida art well-placed in Smithsonian museum
By Ed Schoenfeld
(Source: KCAW-FM) – Southeast Alaska art stands out in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian. The Smithsonian branch – on The Mall in Washington, D.C. – has thousands of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian objects in its collections and many are before the public.

CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld paid a trip to the museum to find out
more about what’s on display. It’s hard not to spot Southeast Alaska Native art in the National Museum of the American Indian.

Read more
(First published on KCAW-FM, Nov. 15, 2010)

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“Houston’s black newspapers build on legacy”

By Allan Turner
(Feb. 21, 2011 | Houston Chronicle) – It’s just a neighborhood coffee shop in Houston’s Third Ward, but it harbors a sight many city dwellers never see. Inside, an array of newspapers — tabloids and broadsheets, scrappy or sedate, all bursting with color and most free — tumble off their racks in a riotous bid for the reader’s eye. Read more

Mixed race couples offering “diversity without complexity” on TV shows
By Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic
(Feb. 20, 2011) – When former Friends star Matthew Perry was developing the perfect foil for his new ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine, he knew what kind of personality was needed — a boundlessly optimistic ex-NBA player who would eventually steal the girlfriend of Perry’s selfish, tortured character. Read more

Facebook’s new relationship status and gay rights

By Delia Lloyd, Politics Daily
(Feb. 18, 2011) – In case you needed further proof that Facebook truly is revolutionary, look no further. On Thursday, the social networking giant added two new options to its list of relationship status possibilities: “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership.”
Read more

Black colleges still relevant
By Jesse Muhammad, Special to the NNPA from The Final Call –
(, Jan. 31, 2011) – The nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served this country since 1837. They educated freed slaves, offering educational opportunities not afforded to Blacks at White institutions during the days of legally mandated segregation. Read more

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Women under-represented in senior Ad jobs: IPA report

(Jan. 30, 2011, Source: – Women are severely under-represented in senior management positions in the UK advertising industry, according to a report by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA). Read more

Race and Media
“Separate but unequal”
By Bob Butler
(January 25, 2011, Maynard Institute) – Two shootings at or near schools in Los Angeles last week highlight how the media sometimes fail to dig below the surface when a Black male youth is involved. Read more

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Book review
‘Doing Diversity in Higher Education: Faculty Leaders Share Challenges and Strategies.’ Edited by Winnifred R. Brown-Glaude. 2008
By Brian Bialkowski
(Repost from on Jan. 10, 2011) – The product of a four-year project funded by the Ford Foundation, Doing Diversity in Higher Education’s case studies review diversity efforts at a variety of institutions, including publics, privates, historically black colleges and universities, and the Ivy League. Read more

The white world of sports journalism
By Dexter Rogers
(January 3, 2011; Source: Colorlines) – January is a month of sports news. From college bowl games to NFL playoffs, we hide from the cold and indulge our inner fanatics. As someone who’s made a career of chronicling sports, it’s both an exciting and troubling time, because it reminds me that sports media remains a bastion of white privilege in journalism. Read more
Media and immigrant

The use of words “illegal immigrants” in news reports
By Leo Laurence
(September 22, 2010, Source*: A SPJ blog “Who’s news”) – Mainstream journalists use the phrase “illegal immigrant” regularly when referring to Latinos who lack documents to be in this country. Yet, use of the phrase is inconsistent with a fundamental doctrine in our Constitution. Read more

* “Who’s news,” a part of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) blog.

Hours before rally to restore sanity: a moment less than sane
By Dori J. Maynard
(November 10, 2010, Source: Maynard Institute) – The Maynard Institute’s Fault Line Framework is a diversity tool that teaches people to talk to each other with the goal of understanding. Dori J. Maynard, who has been refining the framework, will write a regular feature about living on the Fault Lines. This is her first entry. Read more

How to add meaning, context to census data about minorities
by Angie Chuang
(Aug. 2, 2010, Source:Poynter Online) – The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon recently invited me to Portland, Ore., with an unusual request: Lead a panel discussion to help us understand who we are as a community. Continue Reading

Does the media overreport violence, underreport unemployment?

by Alex Gronke
(Source: Maynard Institute, August 14, 2010) –
“Unemployment reporting is not just removed from political and social context, said Duane Poe of Solutions for Community, a consulting firm in Oakland, it’s also often removed from history. How, for example, does the current unemployment rate for men of color compare to historical rates?”
Read the entire article

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Diversity as a business strategy
By Donna Hamlin
(Source: Helium, July 27, 2010) – “The topic of diversity is all the rage now. From board rooms to overall employee mix, to classroom composition, professionals are looking at diversity- based on differing notions about the impact it may have on overall performance.” Read the entire article

“Skin whitening, tanning, and vaseline’s controversial Facebook Ad campaign”

By danah boyd, posted on apophenia (a blog site)
(July 20, 2010) – “Growing up as a white girl in Pennsylvania, I was taught that being tan was beautiful. My wealthier classmates would go on vacations to Florida in the winter, coming back with the most glorious tans.” Click here to continue reading

“Oscar Grant, Mehserle and the Media”
By Dori J. Maynard, Maynard Institute
(Source: Maynard Institute enewsletter, July 9, 2010) – “While the media gears up to cover the verdict in the trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, charged with killing 22-year old Oscar Grant last year, there are those who believe reporters may be contributing to whatever violence might take place.” Read more

Story of a High School Journalism Institute for Promoting Newsroom Diversity
“Giving back through journalism”
(Source: Oregon Daily Emerald, July 6, 2010) – Tyree Harris, opinion editor of the Oregon Daily Emerald, in this opinion piece shared the experience as a trainer of high school students with “underrepresented backgrounds” at a High School Journalism Institute, a joint initiative between the Oregonian and Oregon State to promote newsroom diversity. Read more

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“Improving diversity means improving opportunities”
By Donna Griffin, Arsenal Technical High School
(Source: HSJI blog of the Indiana University, June 27, 2010) – “When it comes to journalism, high school sets the stage, the standards and the opportunities for young reporters and editors. And when newsrooms look to diversity, that’s where they will find the voices of color and varied perspectives.” Read more

“Is ‘The Last Airbender’ racist … or just drawn that way?”
By Gary Susman
(Source: Moviefone, June 29, 2010) – Majority of the main characters of ‘The Last Airbender,’ which releases on July 1, is largely white. This is the main complaint of reviewers about the movie which is “based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series.” Click here to read more about this article.

“Why doesn’t MSNBC embrace more diversity?”
By Eric Deggans, The Huffington Post
(June 21, 2010) – In this article, Deggans is critical about MSNBC as the network’s prime-time news anchors and show hosts lack ethnic diversity. Read more

Campus diversity and ethnic identity development
By Anna M. Ortiz and Silvia J. Santos
(Source: Diversity & Democracy, 13(2), 2010) – “Colleges and universities increasingly embrace diversity in its multiple forms, and many have established diversity as an important institutional value. But definitions of diversity vary across campuses . . .”
Read full artilce

“It is time for the media to integrate the race beat”
By Dori J. Maynard (April 16, 2010, Maynard Institute) – “During the debate over health care reform, some white protesters hurled racial epithets at black elected officials and even spit on one. Later that same week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on a movement to have people write in “Confederate Southern American” as their race on the 2010 Census. Most recently, the governor of Virginia declared April Confederate History Month, initially issuing a proclamation that failed to mention slavery.” Read More

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Native American Perspective
“Sooner’s Bradford is Accidental Cherokee Hero”
By Thayer Evans, The New York Times (October 10, 2008)
Click here to read the full story.

“A key to newsroom diversity: Talk”

By Andrew Alexander (The Washington Post Omblog, March 29, 2010)
Is expanding newsroom diversity in numbers and percentages enough to reflect diversity in journalism? In this article, Andrew Alexander has brought up another important issue, newsroom manager’s conversation or “talk” with non-minorities in newsroom.
Read full story

“Gwen Ifill calls for greater diversity in journalism field”
By Neal J. Riley (March 26, 2010, The Daily Free Press)
Prominent black journalist Gwen Ifill thinks that journalism still has a race problem. Ifill made this observation while speaking at the Emerson College on March 25.

Ifill, who has reported on political issues for NBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post, said “her race has been an obstacle throughout her career from when she started at her first newspaper job at The Boston Herald.” Read full story


“Comcast and NBC’s Real Diversity Issues”
Megan Tady (March 25, 2010, The Huffington Post)
Comcast’s Board of Directors includes only one woman and one person of color, while the network channel NBC has no Black programming. With such poor diversity record, the merger of Comcast and NBC has become “bad news” for media ownership diversity. In this article, Megan Tady referred to a Free Press study that finds that media ownership by a woman or person of color decreases with consolidation of media markets. Read full story

“Who Will Defend the Rights of People of Color to an Open Internet?”
By Malkia A. Cyril (March 25, 2010, The Huffington Post)
“In the fight over who will control the Internet, big companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast are hoping they will win the pass on FCC oversight and public interest protection.” Such a FCC verdict may allow big companies to make “as much profit as they can even if the service they provide is gated and discriminatory.”

In this context, some civil rights are concerned about “protecting the public from discrimination online -especially the poor and people of color- from the proven abuses of Big Media companies,” which may result in “those companies refusing to build out high speed broadband to rural communities and poor urban communities.” Read full story.

“Women More Likely to Leave Newspaper Careers”
(Source: AEJMC) – “More female journalists are leaving their jobs at newspapers, citing their own feelings of cynicism and exhaustion, according to a recent survey published in Newspaper Research Journal.”
The survey also found that “more than 60 percent of the female journalists surveyed said they either intend to leave the field or “don’t know” if they will. Those who said they were intending to leave the newspaper business expressed feelings of burnout.”
Scott Reinardy, an assistant professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas, conducted this study, which was published in the summer 2009 issue of Newspaper Research Journal. Download the paper

What is diversity? Introducing fault lines
Read this article on Maynard Institute’s web site

“‘Good Hair’ Harrassment”
In this blog post, E-K. Daufin, professor of communication at the Alabama State University, explains a reality of Black women at workplaces. Daufin criticizes those who think that Black women’s natural hairstyle is not professional. Daufin argues: “Dreading” my hair allowed me to stop dreading my natural self.” Read More

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“Outburst at Obama prompts discussion about covering cultural divides”

October 16, 2009 (by Angie Chuang, Poynter Online): “Remember before the summer of 2009, when we were still living in post-racial America? Between the arrest of Harvard University’s Henry Louis Gates Jr. in July, and Joe Wilson’s ‘You Lie’ comment during Obama’s health care speech last month, it’s tough to figure out how to have a productive conversation about race, whether in the news media or in a classroom.” Read more

“Emmy telecast was lacking in diversity”
(Source: Los Angeles Times) By Greg Braxton September 22, 2009
“If trophies were handed out for promoting diversity in nationally televised award programs, CBS’ telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards would not stand much of a chance to win.” Read full article here.

“Erasing Katrina through media neglect”

(Source: By Julie Hollar, September 21, 2009
“The devastation wrought by both the hurricane itself and the government’s inept response prompted remarkably critical corporate media coverage that promised to fight for Katrina survivors and change the way we talk about poverty and race.”
Read full article here.

“Solo Operator of Native American Times Passes One-Year Mark”
(Source: Poynter Online, Sept. 9, 2009) – Lisa Snell, editor and publisher of Native American Times, spent about 100 hours a week to perform the roles of “designer, writer, online publisher, editor, and more.” Snell is the sole operator of Native American Times since September 1, 2008, when she purchased the newspaper from the past owner. Snell, formerly a graphic designer with some journalism experiences, was able to increase the circulation of the newspaper by 30% and subscription rate by 35% in last one year. Read the full interview of Lisa Snell.

“What Does the Future of Diversity Look Like?
Aug 14, 2009 (Poynter Online): Keith Woods writes this post in the context of layoffs. Click HERE to read the entire post.

“Ethical guidelines for covering ‘the other’ Sotomayor coverage fell into
some traps”

August 7, 2009 (Source: Maynard Institute) – In this article, Sally Lehrman, Knight-Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Chair in Journalism and the Public Interest at Santa Clara University, analyzed the news coverage of the confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated as the “first-ever Hispanic” Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the full article.

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“Diversity Does Matter”
ForbesWoman writer Heidi Brown interviewed Siemens’ first chief diversity officer, Jill Lee, who thinks that “inclusion is not just about equal opportunities for individuals. It’s a bottom-line necessity.” Click here to read the interview (Source:, July 21, 2009).

“Achieving Impressive R.O.I. with the Gay Consumer Market”
by Howard Buford, President & CEO, Prime Access, Inc.

The gay consumer market, known as the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) market, is fast changing. The launch of the Logo cable channel in 2005 brought the first highly-targeted (and highly-efficient) television buying opportunity to the gay media mix. Read More

Interview with Milton Coleman:
“Diversity Isn’t a Social Experiment; It’s an Industry Imperative”
Gregory Favre posted the interview on the web site of Poynter Online on July 6, 2009. Click here to read the interview. Milton Coleman is senior editor of The Washington Post.

“U.S. Supreme Court sides with white firefighters in race bias case
By Chris Rizo, Legal Newsline
June 29, 2009(Washington): The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters were unfairly denied promotions because of their race. Read More

Special Report: Journalists in Exile 2009
By Karen Phillips
(Source: CPJ) – Top three reasons for exile: 1) violence or threat, 2) threat of imprisonment, and 3) harassment. Click here to read the full Report

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Challenges remain for ethnic media despite growth
From this year’s National Ethnic Media Expo and Awards, we came to know that ethnic media’s audience is growing in the U.S. But attendees in that event also expressed the challenges they are facing because of economic downturn. In this article, Angie Chuang has analyzed the challenges of ethnic media. Read more

A 2009 NAM Poll: “Ethnic Media Outlets Gain in Readers and Viewers”
New America Media (NAM) Executive Director Sandy Close writes: Technological advancements have dramatically altered how Americans receive news and information each day. But a somewhat surprising development has been the sustained growth of ethnic media, even as major daily newspapers struggle to keep their readers.

The full results of the poll will be released in the Expo on June 4-5 in Atlanta. The NAM poll was conducted by Bendixen & Associates. Read the report

Related Articles:
Mainstream and ethnic news organizations should partner to deliver news
(The Seattle Times, May 27, 2009)

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“Pulitzer Winner Says Now’s the Time for Racial Talk”
May 22, 2009: Douglas A. Blackmon, the Atlanta journalist and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” said that “the Obama era is the time for more, not less discussion of race.” Blackmon, Atlanta bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, made this point on Friday on a public radio show, “The Michael Eric Dyson Show.”
Audio of the show. Read the REPORT on Richard Prince’s Journal-ism.

“Reporting on the Intersection of Race and Gay Marriage”
In this article, Angie Chuang writes about a tension in the intersection of race and sexual orientation. Chuang documents how a bill in Washington D.C. Council on recognizing gay marriages in other states has invoked one “civil rights movement” to speak against another “civil-rights movement.” (Source: Diversity at Work, Poynter Online, May 19, 2009) Read the article

Experts share ideas about the better coverage of race
Sally Lehrman explains the ideas expressed by experts at a meeting on “racial formation in the 21st century” at the University of Oregon in April, 2009. (Source: Diversity at Work, Poynter Online, May 5, 2009) Read the article

“President Obama reaches out to ethnic media, journalists respond”
Michele Salcedo, in this article, observes that Obama administration’s decision to reach out to ethnic media recognizes the fact that diverse groups of people, particulalry ethnic minorities, depend on diverse sources for news and information. An editor of a popular black magazine commented that two-thirds of their readers do not depend on the mainstream media for news. (Source: Diversity at Work, Poynter Online, April 10, 2009) Read the article

“Do Public Schools ‘Get’ LGBT Issues?”
In this article, DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti answers questions from the audience.
(Source: DiversityInc, 2009, May 4) Read the article

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“Recognizing Race-Related Angles in Stories about Health, Crime & Other Beats”

Sally Lehrman posted this article on the “Diversity at Work” web site of the Poynter Online. (Source: Diversity at Work, Poynter Online, March 24, 2009) Read the article

Study Shows Indian Immigrants Embrace Dual Identity in U.S.

Many Asian Indian immigrants in the U.S. are embracing American culture while they are also upholding traditions and values of their roots, “rich Indian culture.” A New study by New American Dimensions and interTrend Communications finds that Asian Indian immigrants are proud of their Indian culture and they consider themselves to be both Indian and American. Read the report

“The danger of losing the ethnic media”
By Sally Lehrman

Sally Lehrman, the Knight Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Endowed Chair for Journalism in the Public Interest at Santa Clara University, analyzes the consequences of declining advertising and the other financial reasons in this time of economic downturn. Lehrman observes: With the ever-deepening cuts across the news business, these losses may seem worth no more than a shrug. Full Article
(Source: The Boston Globe, March 5, 2009)

“Evaluating Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Diversity for Personal and Social Responsibility”
(February 2009, Source: Diversity Web, AAC&U)

Read the article

AAJA BlogTalkRadio: “Journalism Beyond the Traditional Newsroom”

(Jan 29, 2009)

From the AEJMC Members Forum

Students are postgay, JMC education mostly pregay”

Click HERE to read the blog post

Is it right to say that the suspect is black? Or Latino? Or White?
By Steve Parker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Click HERE to read the full story

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From the blog “”
“MLK to Obama: Reflections on Racial Barrier in the Media”
Click HERE to read the blog post

Martin Luther King Jr. Documents Available
(Sources: Morehouse College, Atlanta, and The Martin Luther King, JR. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University)

January 16, 2009 (Baton Rouge): A 10,000-piece collection of handwritten notes and unpublished sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. will be made publicly available by Morehouse College in Atlanta, from which King graduated in 1948. The King Papers Project at the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University, also produces a comprehensive multi-volume collection of King’s most important correspondence, sermons, publications, speeches, and unpublished manuscripts, which are available online. READ MORE

Picture source: Morehouse King Collection Web site

“Demographic Changes Reflect Growing Need for Diversity Coverage
This report is based on the interview of Bobbi Bowman, diversity and membership director for the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE). Bowman talks about the opportunities of doing independent journalism to promote diverse issues and ideas in the age of digital media. She also observes, “It is no accident that the circulation for daily U.S. newspapers started declining in the 1980s — about the same time the current increase in minorities in the U.S. population became noticeable. Demographic changes are a significant factor in daily newspapers’ decline.” Read More

A CIIJ Report

“The Health of Ethnic Media: Needs and Opportunities”
This study offers a snapshot of the health and resiliency of the nation’s ethnic news organizations from the perspective of the proprietors, publishers, editors, and reporters. This study also identifies the needs and impediments of ethnic media. Read More

“Don’t Question My Credibility Because I’m Black.”
Barbara Ciara, president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), wrote this article in response to a question, which we think timely, “Is it possible for journalists of color to cover the Obama campaign without bias?” Read More (source: NABJ)

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“Campaigning for Better Coverage of Race in the Presidential Election.”

here to read the article written by Keith Woods
(Source: Poynter Institute)

“Diverse newsroom contributes to public trust of press: Inside the First Amendment.”
here to read the report. (Source: First Amendment Center)

“Black journalists see little progress in adding reporters, editors of color”

“. . . because of layoffs and hiring freezes, the percentage of journalists of color in daily newsrooms actually grew by a tiny margin, to 13.52% from 13.43% of all journalists. Blacks make up the largest number and percentage of journalists of color with 2,790 or 5.3 percent of the workforce, according to the survey.

Click here to read the report (Source: NABJ)

New Media Women Entrepreneurs

The McCormick Tribune Foundation launched the New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative to address issues of opportunity, innovation, recruitment and retention of women in journalism. The organization will honor a New Media Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in an awards program, research issues women’s consumption and creation of news and produce a day-long Women Entrepreneurs Summit.

New Media Women Entrepreneurs is seeking to fund three women-led projects. Three winners will receive $10,000 to fund their ideas and will have to blog about the process over the year. For more information,

NCA’s new journal

The National Communication Association has launched a new journal dedicated to “research that cuts across academic boundaries to focus on international, intercultural and indigenous communication issues.” The first issue of Journal of International and Intercultural Communication was to be made available in February. For more information, see

The 2007 Report: Women and Minorities in the Newsroom
Click HERE to read the full


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