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"Their Communities Not Paid Much Attention in the News"

"The predicted digital divide, in which people of color would be left behind in the use of technology, is not playing out as many of those forecasting the digital future anticipated, at least not when it comes to news, according to a new survey released today," the Media Insight Project, an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, said on Tuesday.

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"The two largest minority groups in the United States — African Americans and Hispanics — are in many ways using digital technology for news at similar rates as the American population overall. Yet these Americans do not believe that the growth of web and mobile media has fulfilled the promise of more coverage, and more accurate coverage, of underserved ethnic communities. . . ."

The new survey — the second to be released by the Media Insight Project — was produced in collaboration with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, New America Media and the McCormick Foundation.

The study also reported, "African American and Hispanic American adults have come to rely on a variety of technologies and devices to get their news today, and in rates similar to adults in the United States generally. At least two-thirds of American adults across all racial and ethnic groups, for instance, are now online and own a smartphone, and African Americans and Hispanics use new technologies at similar rates for news. The average American across these different groups uses about four different technologies to get news every week.

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"If anything, African Americans and Hispanics are adapting to mobile technology at even higher rates than non-Hispanic whites (with the exception of Hispanics acquiring tablet computers). Both African Americans and Hispanics also agree with the majority of adult Americans that it is easier to follow news in general today than it was five years ago.

"Far fewer African Americans and Hispanics, however, believe that the changes in the news landscape have made it easier to learn about their own racial or ethnic community.

"For instance, relatively few African Americans and Hispanics — which combined make up approximately 30 percent of the U.S. population — believe they see in the media an accurate portrayal of their own communities. Only a third of Hispanics and a quarter of African Americans believe their communities are accurately portrayed in the media, and a major reason for this may be that they feel their communities are not paid much attention in the news. Only half of adults in either group believe their communities are covered regularly in the media today.

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"The perception that, even in the networked age, it is difficult to see regular or accurate coverage of African American and Hispanic communities may also be inhibiting these Americans from being more avid news consumers. While large majorities of African Americans and Hispanics are daily news consumers, and while pluralities access the news throughout the day, those with concerns about the accuracy of the media's coverage of their communities attend to the news much less often.

"These findings contradict two theories about the web that have been prominent for much of the last decade. One is that racial and ethnic minorities might lag in digital access and adoption. The advent of wireless technology, among other things, may have confounded that expectation. The other is that as barriers to entry for publishing fell, reporting on more diverse topics would emerge, thus better serving historically underrepresented communities. The survey reveals that those communities are not finding that to be the case. . . ."

Meanwhile, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicated that trust in the news media is not high among whites, either — even lower than nonwhites.

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"After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report 'the news fully, accurately, and fairly' has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%Justin McCarthy reported for the Gallup Organization. Americans' trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s." 

Gallup asked 1,017 adults by telephone, "In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media such as newspapers, T.V., and radio when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly — a great deal, a fair amount, not very much or none at all?"

Seven percent of whites and 19 percent of nonwhites said "a great deal", 28 percent of whites and 34 percent of nonwhites said a "fair amount"; 40 percent of whites and 26 percent of nonwhites said "not very much" and 25 percent of whites and 22 percent of nonwhites said "none at all."

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Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press: Blacks, Hispanics Doubt Media Accuracy

New Washington Post Blog Focuses on Visual Narratives

The Washington Post on Wednesday launched In Sight, a new blog showcasing photography with a focus on visual narratives. "The blog will be a platform for rich and diverse imagery from staff, outside contributors, news services, and archives," the Post announced, accompanying the notice with a video from Nicole Crowder, the Post's digital photo editor. 

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Wednesday's page featured a photo from an exhibition "nearly 60 years in the making," the Post said. From London, it "put the fashionable gents of Jamaican subculture known as ‘Rudeboys’ front and center in an exhibition at Somerset House called 'Return of the Rudeboy.' . . ."

The Lens blog at the New York Times, a national competitor of the Post, has earned a reputation for diversity. Co-editor David Gonzalez was honored last year by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. 

"When the Lens blog made its debut in 2009, the newspaper industry was in free fall , the outlets for serious photojournalism rapidly disappearing," Michael Winerip wrote for the Times blog in January. " 'There was a need to help promote photographers and photography in whatever way possible,' said James Estrin, the blog's co-founder. 'We wanted to write about the photographers; photos don’t happen by themselves.' . . ."

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Whites Catching Ebola Virus Give Disease Visibility

Dr. Kent Brantly, a white American missionary who caught the Ebola virus in Liberia, where he was treating patients, was asked Wednesday on NPR's "All Things Considered," "What does it say that the Ebola virus by and large, only got global attention after two white Americans came down with the disease?"

Brantly told host Melissa Block, "I spoke to the Congress about that very issue and commented that I'm very thankful for the media attention that is focused on West Africa, but it really is a shame that the thousands of African lives and deaths did not merit the same amount of attention from the world."

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Block asked why that might be. "I think the only thing you can chalk it up to — I don't know if ignorance is the right word — you know, out of sight, out of mind. (Unless) you have a human face on it —, a human connection —, it's just some people far away. But when it becomes one of your own, when it happens to somebody close to you, it makes it very real. . . ."

President Obama announced on Tuesday he is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to help contain the virus and prevent it from spreading to the United States and across the globe, as David Jackson and Liz Szabo reported for USA Today.

Kristen Hare, Poynter Institute: While reporting on Ebola, the smell of chlorine 'is one of the most comforting smells in the world' 

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International Federation of Journalists: West Africa: FAJ and WAJA Call On Media and to Coverage Ebola Outbreak in Balanced Manner (Sept. 11)

NPR: Dr. Kent Brantly: Ebola Survivor Gives Testimony On The Hill

James Ragland, Dallas Morning News: Humanity trumps politics as U.S. steps up to fight Ebola crisis

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World News Publishing Focus: Reporting Ebola: a story of divergent Western and African experiences

Fareed Zakaria Denies Accusation of Serial Plagiarism

"For the past month, two anonymous media watchdogs have been accusing the journalist Fareed Zakaria of serial plagiarism," Dylan Byers reported Wednesday for Politico. 

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"Across multiple reports, the authors at Our Bad Media have cited at least three dozen instances in which the CNN host and Washington Post columnist appeared to have lifted passages from various publications and websites for unattributed reuse in his books and magazine articles and on his television program. Their most recent report, focusing on 24 instances of plagiarism on his CNN show, is the most damning to date.

"This week, I conducted a review of the reports to determine whether the instances they cited truly qualified as plagiarism. I also asked two journalism ethics experts — Robert Drechsel, the James E. Burgess chair and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Kelly McBride, the vice president for academic programs of The Poynter Institute — to review the reports. They came to the same conclusion I did: Fareed Zakaria plagiarized. . . ."

Byers also wrote, "Zakaria did not respond to a request for comment regarding the most recent accusations. In the wake of Our Bad Media's initial report, he sent an email to POLITICO rebutting the charges. 'These are all facts, not someone else's writing or opinions or expressions,' he wrote. He also referred to the majority of instances as 'cases in my writing where I have cited a statistic that also appeared somewhere else,' suggesting that he had merely repeated readily available information.

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"Both The Washington Post and CNN, which suspended Zakaria for one instance of plagiarism in 2012 (he called it a 'mistake'), also dismissed the initial allegations from Our Bad Media. Fred Hiatt, the Post's editorial page editor, said 'it was so far from a case of plagiarism that it made me question the entire enterprise.' A CNN spokesperson said the network 'found nothing that gives us cause for concern.' . . ."

Younger Latinos Said to Be Less Assimilationist in Mindset

"Whether it's during the annual Hispanic Heritage Month, election season, or conversations about marketing's new target demographic, it's easy to talk about 'Hispanics' or 'Latinos,' " Andres T. Tapia wrote Monday for HuffPost LatinoVoices. "These terms get thrown around and everyone nods as if there is a common understanding of who we are talking about.

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"To begin with, people put a lot of energy into trying to figure out the difference between 'Hispanics' and 'Latinos.' The very fact that these terms are often used interchangeably in the media but have meaningful but not-so-simple-to-explain differences in their origins, who uses them and how is telling in itself. But which term to use is only the tip of the iceberg.

"When we say 'Latino' or 'Hispanic,' are we referring to the first-, second-, third-, or fourth-generation Latino? The baby boomer, generation X, or millennial Latino? The English-, Spanish-, or Spanglish-dominant Hispanic? The Peruvian immigrant or the Honduran American born in Wichita? Or any of the other hyphenated Latinos coming from 27 different national heritages?

"So when the media zero in on the 11 million undocumented immigrants, and when marketers focus on the 34 million Spanish speakers (including the undocumented immigrants), they are looking at important segments under the 'Latino' umbrella but not the whole. For example, they most often overlook the 26 million English-dominant Latino millennials, who paradoxically also tend to identify with the heritage of their parents' country of origin (Colombian, Costa Rican, Argentinian, etc.), according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

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"In fact, according to that same study, only 16 percent of them see themselves as white, whereas twice as many older Latinos identify as white. This means that younger Latinos are less likely to be assimilationist in mindset than were their first-generation parents, who — facing discrimination due to their limited or accented English — often chose not to teach their kids Spanish. . . ."

Julia Furlan, Jessica Lima, Adrian Carrasquillo, Brian Galindo and Norberto Briceño, BuzzFeed: #WhatLatinoMeansToMe: This Is How Latinos In America Actually Identify

Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: Hispanics demand respect, above all

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PBS: PBS Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

César Vargas, HuffPost LatinoVoices: The Privilege of White Hispanic: Leaving Out the Rest (Sept. 9)

"The purchase and sale of news reporters by powerful institutions and influential people are hardly a new phenomenon," Michael Hiltzik, a Los Angeles Times business columnist, wrote on Tuesday. "But like all manifestations of disproportionate wealth, it's been raised to glorious new heights during the early 21st century.Too Many Sports Writers Too Cozy With the NFL?

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"Not only are journalists suborned by 'access' into seeing things their bidders' way — access to company CEOs, access to entertainment and sports stars, advance access to the next Apple product — but increasingly they're directly employed by the companies they're supposed to be covering objectively.

"The folly of these arrangements is now vividly on display, thanks to the travails of the National Football League. As Stefan Fatsis documents in a superb piece at Slate.com, some of the nation's most experienced and dedicated football reporters have downplayed the Ray Rice scandal in their work. Why? Because they work for NFL.com.

"Others, like Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Adam Schefter of ESPN, have been accused of uncritically taking the NFL's side in a case in which the league's actions continue to look worse. (Schefter after Rice's two-game suspension: 'Was the commissioner lenient enough?') They don't work directly for the league, but their careers are highly dependent on their image as NFL 'insiders.'

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"The risk for reporters of relying on access to the mighty is that they can get played, ruthlessly. The risk to their readers and viewers is that important information, defined loosely as anything the subject doesn't want the public to know, gets suppressed. . . ."

Pat Borzi and Steve Eder, New York Times: Assault Charges Add to N.F.L.'s Off-Field Turmoil

Esther J. Cepeda, Washington Post Writers Group: The NFL's female fan base 

EFE: Study: Domestic violence a widespread scourge among Latino families

Charles D. Ellison, The Root: When Black Men Mess Up, Do We All Feel the Shame?

Demetria Irwin, the Grio: Was CBS right to nix Rihanna's NFL pre-game vocals amid the Ray Rice scandal?

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Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe: Adrian Peterson an outlier of American parenting

medialifemagazine.com: A bit of advertiser backlash for the NFL

Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times: Charge against Adrian Peterson redefines child abuse

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Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: VNFL-level violence gets its start at home

Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Ray Rice's fans are too quick to forgive

William C. Rhoden, New York Times: Searching for a League's True Scale of Bigotry (Sept. 7)

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William C. Rhoden, New York Times: Pledging to Shield the N.F.L.’s Brand at All Costs (Sept. 9)

Katie Sanders and Derek Tsang, PunditFact, Tampa Bay Times: Fact-checking claims about domestic violence, Ray Rice

Barry Saunders, News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.: Spankings can be an acceptable punishment; abuse never is

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Diego Vasquez, medialifemagazine.com: How the Rice case is impacting the NFL

Matt Wilstein, mediaite.com: Don Lemon: Not 'Condoning' Peterson’s Actions, But Parents Have 'Right to Discipline' Children

Fan of Black Papers Creates Only Site Linking to Them

A Detroit draftsman who loves the black press, with help from a friend whose specialty is computer support, has created what appears to be the only website that provides links to the nation's African American newspapers.

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Randall Bivens told Journal-isms Wednesday that he conceived of ourvillagenews.com after his mother bought him a commemorative collection of 12 or 14 copies of African American newspapers reporting on President Obama's 2012 reelection.

"I read the Michigan Chronicle religiously," Bivens said by telephone. Curious about how many black newspapers there were in the country, he discovered 60, but they were difficult to find. The National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade organization of black-community newspaper publishers, lists its member papers but does not link to them.

Bivens said theGrio.com once posted about 30 such links but abandoned them. "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice to have them in one spot?' Bivens said. He enlisted the aid of his friend Anthony Hunter.

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The site went live in February 2013 and now links to 147 newspapers, categorized by state. It has the look of a work in progress. Bivens said he plans to create a phone app and such paraphernalia as T-shirts and office mugs.

Bivens, 53, said he went to the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists in Boston this summer and mentioned his site to attendees. "The resistance was shocking," Bivens said, as convention- goers questioned his credentials to produce such a site since he was not a journalist.

He also said he was surprised to find fewer students than he expected and such mainstream companies as Comcast exhibiting at the NABJ jobs fair, but not black newspapers. Bivens said he did not realize that NABJ charges for the exhibit space.

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The logo for Bivens' site carries the slogan, "We believe that Strong Newspapers Build Stronger Communities."

Short Takes

"St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Gilbert Bailon criticized some conservative media outlets and national press for their coverage of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri," Joe Strupp reported Tuesday for Media Matters for America. "Bailon singled out Fox News for focusing on looting and 'chaos' while ignoring the 'deeper story' in Ferguson, and also cited The Washington Post and the New York Post for running thinly sourced negative stories about Brown. . . ."

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"The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), a national membership organization composed of Asian Americans working in mainstream media, has sent a strongly-worded letter to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) demanding that the name 'Chinaman' be erased from all literature and references to Chinaman's Hat, a famed attraction on the island of Oahu," the Adobo Chronicles reported on Saturday. The satirical site is the brainchild of Rene Astudillo.

"When Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley first moved into the historic Government House in Annapolis, Md., something struck him: There were no portraits of black Americans who had influenced the nation among those of historic greats like George Washington," Breanna Edwards reported Tuesday for The Root. "That was remedied Monday when the governor unveiled a portrait of Frederick Douglass — the first of an African American to hang on the walls of the governor’s residence. . . ." Douglass was born on Maryland's Eastern Shore and published the abolitionist paper the North Star from Rochester, N.Y.

"The National Labor Relations Board has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 200 others for a labor dispute that originated in 2003," Dave McNary reported Monday for Variety. "The 11-year dispute stems from CNN's decision to replace a unionized subcontractor called Team Video Services, which provided the network with audio and video technicians, with an in-house nonunion work force in its Washington and New York bureaus. . . ."

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CNN's "Crossfire" is on "extended hiatus," CNN spokeswoman Edie Emery told Journal-isms Wednesday. Betsy Rothstein reported Tuesday for the Daily Caller, "Most importantly, sources say staffers from 'Crossfire” are being absorbed into 'The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.' In fact, CNN personnel from other shows are making room for staffers from 'Crossfire.' " Crossfire returned last September after eight years, offering hosts Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones, but didn't catch on.

"On Sept. 15, M. Scott Havens made the most significant hire in his six months as Time Inc. senior VP digital when he recruited Suejin Yang to VP and general manager of People and Entertainment Weekly digital entertainment," Steve Cohn reported Tuesday for minonline.com. "With her start, Yang became responsible for growing Time Inc.'s digital entertainment businesses as well serving as People Digital general manager and overseer of EW's digital operations. . . . "

Jenny McCarthy, former co-host of ABC-TV's "The View," lost her job "because they wanted to make sure the table was diverse,” McCarthy, who is white, told "Good Day NY" on Tuesday morning, Ryan O'Connell wrote Tuesday for the Wrap. "So they consider when Rosie [O'Donnell] was coming back it was too liberal and they wanted a conservative and they wanted a Latina, so they got Rosie Perez and their Elisabeth if you will, so that way it was a balanced table with more diversity. . . ." Elisabeth Hasselbeck left last year for Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends."

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In Los Angeles, "La Opinión rolled out an all-new look this week, switching from a broadsheet to a tabloid in print and freshening up the website," Kevin Roderick reported Tuesday for LA Observed. "There's a now a section of the website devoted to news in English. . . ."

"Lillian Lincoln Howell who launched the first Asian language TV station in the country, KTSF in San Francisco, is dead at the age of 93," Randall Yip reported Friday for his AsAm News. "Her family says she died peacefully in her home in Santa Clara Valley south of San Francisco on August 31.. . ."

At the Washington Post, "Nia-Malika Henderson is moving to The Fix to write on the intersection of politics with culture, demography and emerging sources of power," Post editors announced Friday, referring to a Post political column. "Nia will continue to assess political developments through the prism of gender, a brand of analysis she honed during a successful run on She The People," the Post's female-oriented web section.

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"CNN International has a new senior vice president — Korean American journalist Ellana Lee," the Korea Times reported Friday. "Lee, who was vice president and managing editor of CNN International Asia Pacific, was promoted this week to oversee the news giant's worldwide business and editorial operations based in Asia, Best Media Info reported. . . ."

"Melanie Sanders, an evening anchor at NBC affiliate WNCN, has decided to leave the Raleigh- Durham station," Aneya Fernando reported Tuesday for TVSpy. "FTVLive reports Sanders was demoted after the station gave three other evening co-anchor spots to Sharon Tazewell. . . ."

Ron Minor, a retired videographer at WRC-TV, the NBC-owned station in Washington, and his wife, Kathy, have made a 44-minute documentary, "I Didn't Know," "an impassioned survey of kidneys, kidney disease, dialysis and the sad, frustrating world of kidney transplants, where sick or dying patients vastly outnumber donors," Nancy Szokan reported Tuesday for the Washington Post. African Americans such as Minor run an elevated risk of kidney disease.

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"Editing while black is 'the kind of position I've been in for long enough that I don't feel pressure. I feel pressure to succeed, because I’m the editor of The New York Times, but I don't think that's race-based,' " Dean Baquet, the first African American top editor of the New York Times said Tuesday in an interview with Lloyd Grove of the Daily Beast. However, Baquet also said, "I'm sure that's why I became an investigative reporter. I'm sure that not growing up as part of the power structure makes me want to question the power structure. Sure, it influences the way I look at the world. It's one of a lot of things that influence the way I look at the world. It's part of who I am. . . ." 

"Radio One DC announces Ebony McMorris as the new News and Community Affairs Director for Majic 102.3, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WYCB 1340 and WOL 1450 effective immediately," the network said on Wednesday, listing its Washington outlets. "In addition, she will also serve as a daily reporter for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Ebony has worked with Radio One since 2007 as a national reporter for WOL 1450 and most recently hosts the weekend Radio One Public Affairs Program on Praise 104.1 and Majic 102.3. . . ." McMorris succeeds Sheila Stewart, who died in October 2013.

"There's a new owner and a new approach to the news at WJLA-TV, Washington’s ABC affiliate," Paul Farhi wrote Tuesday for the Washington Post. "Under the direction of its ambitious corporate parent, the station's news operations have taken a subtle but noticeable turn to the right. . . ." Anchors at the ABC affiliate, now owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, include black journalists Maureen Bunyan and Leon Harris. Another veteran black journalist, Isaiah Poole, started a web page headlined, "Tell WJLA to stop politicizing the news."

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"Denzel Washington does not appear to be a fan of the Washington football team's name," the Indian Country Today Media Network reported on Sept. 11. "While promoting his new movie The Equalizer, Washington was asked by movie reviewer Kevin McCarthy about Redskins Quarterback RG III, and this dialogue ensued: 'You know RGIII, the quarterback for the Redskins, right?' McCarthy asked. 'The quarterback for who?' Denzel Washington [said] with a cheeky grin. 'The Redskins,' McCarthy said. 'Washington Redskins.' 'Washington,' Washington said, correcting McCarthy. 'Oh, we can't say the name anymore, I know,' McCarthy said to Washington, who started laughing. 'I know. I know … ' . . ." '

"Police throughout Vietnam assault and torture people in their custody, in some cases leading to death, according to a new report compiled by Human Rights Watch (HRW)," Roy Greenslade reported Wednesday for his blog in Britain's Guardian. "Media coverage of such abuses is very uneven, it says, raising serious concerns about the negative impact of government control of the media. . . ." '

Jenée Desmond-Harris, who on Oct. 1 will write for vox.com, filed her final "Race Manners" column for The Root on Wednesday, summarizing what she said she had learned. "As I predicted, I often found myself pivoting from readers' 'Is it racist if … ?' questions to address what I found myself calling over and over, 'the real issue.' I also learned that to make any sense at all of questions about racial interactions means to get comfortable abandoning the quest for balance (you know, the old, 'What if a white person did the same thing?'). After all, the experiences of people of different races aren't balanced. The more relevant inquiry than, 'Does this analysis apply evenly across all groups?' almost always turns out to be, 'Does this action perpetuate or reflect racial bias? Does it serve to maintain a society where people's race means they feel like, or are treated like, crap? Do you want to be part of that?' . . ."