D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, center, and Police Chief Cathy Lanier appeal to the public for help in apprehending the killer of reporter Charnice Milton
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Charnice Milton Slain in D.C. While Used as Human Shield

A 27-year-old African American reporter who committed herself to covering the blackest, most neglected portion of the District of Columbia was shot to death Wednesday night when, police said, she was used as a human shield in an exchange of gunfire by two groups of dirt bike riders.

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Charnice Milton, who lived east of the Anacostia River, the area she covered, was a contributor to Capital Community News and a graduate of Ball State and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She was shot as she walked on one of the area's major streets to transfer buses. Milton had covered the monthly meeting of a community advisory committee.

" 'At 9:28, she texted me and said, "I'm on my way home," ' the victim's mother, Francine Milton, said," Derrick Ward and Andrea Swalec reported Friday for Washington's WRC-TV, the NBC-owned and -operated station. 'So, I was waiting for her to text me back and let me know if she needed me to pick her up, if she needed us, where she was. And we never got that text last night.' . . ." Their daughter was rushed to a hospital, where she died.

Perry Stein added for the Washington Post, "Milton largely wrote about news in Wards 7 and 8 and those she encountered while reporting said she was determined to show that these neighborhoods are more than just the city's poorer wards, but rather communities filled with hardworking individuals who want to make the city better."

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"Her editor, Andrew Lightman, the managing editor of Capital Community News, noted that Milton was one of the few people in the city doing that grassroots level reporting in the east of the river communities. Her loss, he said, will be felt in those stories that will no longer get covered.

" 'Not only did they gun down a young woman, they also silenced one of our reporters,' Lightman said. 'I think it's a real loss not only for us and her family but also the communities that she covered . . . She was one of a handful of reporters across the District who was looking at the nuts and bolts of everyday life.' . . . "

Milton's parents "say she overcame speech problems early in life to get a full communications scholarship to Ball State University after graduating from Bishop McNamara High. She eventually received a masters degree from Syracuse," according to a story by Jennifer Donelan of the Associated Press and Tom Roussey of WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate.

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"She loved to cover the area east of the Anacostia where she grew up.

" 'She could have worked at any news media organization she wanted to,' said her father Ken McClenton. 'She had the credentials, she had the expertise, she had the knowledge, but she sacrificed and she stayed and wrote in Ward 8.'

" 'Everyone says the same thing, that she was just a beautiful young lady,' said Francine Milton, the victim's mother. 'And she loved to write, and she loved people. And most of all she loved God.' . . ."

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Mayor Muriel Bowser called for the public's help while out on her community walk Thursday, WTTG-TV, the Fox affiliate, reported.

" 'We want to know,' said Bowser. 'We know that people were in and around the area. We have gotten very little information and we need the public to provide that information so Charnice's killer can be captured.' . . .”

Yvette Alexander, Capital Community News: On The Death of Charnice Milton

Capital Community News: ANC 6C Mourns The Loss of Charnice Milton

Peter Hermann, Perry Stein and Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post: Local journalist among 6 killed in 6 days across District of Columbia

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Mola Lenghi, WUSA-TV: Local journalist Charnice Milton killed in DC Shooting

MyFoxDC.com: DC reporter Charnice Milton killed in shooting

Perry Stein, Washington Post: Tributes pour in for journalist killed in Southeast Washington shooting

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Bettinger to Step Down as Director of Knight Fellowships

James R. Bettinger, who brought a rarely seen emphasis on diversity to journalism fellowship programs, announced on Thursday that the next academic year will be his last as director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University.

He wrote Thursday, "The program is in great shape, better than it's ever been, so the time is right. We've accomplished a lot. Now I want to seek new ways to shape journalism for the better. I'll be glad to pass the torch to a new director.

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"If you ask me about what we have accomplished, I'll happily hold forth on the achievements of our outstanding Fellows, and the staff that fueled their successes. But I want to put a big bold frame around two highlights: our shift in emphasis to journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in 2009, and our continuing commitment to diversity in all aspects of our program. I think they've helped distinguish us immeasurably.

"I'm retiring from this job — but not from journalism. I've worked in journalism institutions and organizations for nearly 50 years — 20 years with the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the San Jose Mercury News, and 26 with this program. Now I want to work more independently and entrepreneurially. I intend to use what I've learned at JSK, and before that in daily newspapers, to help others. I'll be eager to learn some new dance steps. Stay tuned."

In a tribute to Dori J. Maynard, who died in February, Sally Lehrman wrote for the Maynard Institute, "When the JSK program went two years without any African Americans involved, Director Jim Bettinger gave Maynard what he described as a 'sheepish' call. Maynard, not known for letting anyone get away with anything, didn’t wag her finger. She simply offered simple, smart and ultimately very effective strategies for change. She suggested people to talk to and gatherings to attend.

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"As a result of his recruitment efforts, the 2013 program year included seven people of color out of thirteen U.S. fellows and three were African Americans. 'It's hard to ask for help if you feel like a failure,' Bettinger said. 'You don't come back for more. On the flip side, if you don't get shot down, you do come back again.' . . ."

Seven of the 12 journalists chosen for Knight Journalism Fellowships for 2014-15 at Stanford were people of color, as are five of the 12 chosen for 2015-16. Stanford will conduct a national search for Bettinger's successor, he told Journal-isms.

Bettinger, 68, came to the fellowships program as deputy director in 1989 and was named director in 2000. He was a Stanford Professional Journalism Fellow in 1982-83.

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Jim Bettinger interviewed by Dori J. Maynard, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (Dec. 5, 2013)  (video)

N.C., Texas Schools Confront Confederate Iconography

"Trustees at the country's oldest public university decided Thursday to rename a University of North Carolina classroom building so that it no longer carries the name of a 19th century Ku Klux Klan leader," Emery P. Dalesio reported for the Associated Press, an action that follows protests by black students and judged deficient by the Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper.

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Meanwhile, Mac McCann reported in a 4,500-word piece Friday for the Austin Chronicle, the alternative newspaper in Austin, Texas, that some students at the University of Texas at Austin "— the new student government included — are generating attention once more by advocating for the removal of the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, one of several Confederate monuments that stand tall on the campus. As the student body pushes for the Davis statue's removal, UT is confronting its legacy of racism, immortalized in those monuments. . . ."

The decision at UNC "reverses one made in 1920 to honor William Saunders, a Confederate officer and politician credited with helping to preserve colonial records," Dalesio wrote Thursday. "But university trustees 95 years ago also praised Saunders for his post-Civil War leadership of the Klan, a violent white supremacist group that aimed to overthrow elected state governments and reverse rights granted to newly emancipated slaves. . . ."

The renaming of Saunders Hall to "Carolina Hall" does not please protesters who wanted the name to honor folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, as Ishmael Bishop wrote in an op-ed piece Friday in the Daily Tar Heel. In 1939, prior to integration, Hurston became the first black student to take classes at UNC.

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The Tar Heel itself has not editorialized on the issue, summer editor Sam Schaefer, a member of the editorial board, told Journal-isms by email.

"As we are a weekly publication for the Summer, our formal editorial about Carolina Hall will most likely be forthcoming next week, though I can assure you our summer editorial team has already had discussions about the name change. We think the choice of 'Carolina Hall' is a slap in the face of activists who brought this issue to national attention, we think the comments of some trustees telling activists to focus on 'more important' issues were foolhardy and hypocritical, and we think the 16-year ban on renaming any building on campus is cowardly," he wrote.

Asked to elaborate and to explain the ban, also voted Thursday, Schaefer added, "The Board of Trustees passed a 16-year ban on renaming any campus monument, memorial, building or landscape, which they said was in order to allow for time for these kinds of issues to get a full hearing across multiple generations of students and trustees. While the ban is formally meaningless, since they could revoke it at any time they choose, we feel that the 16-year ban signals that they are not interested in hearing the voices of student activists.

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"We think the choice of 'Carolina Hall' (besides being hopelessly milquetoast) is a slap in the face of activists because activists have proposed their choice of Hurston Hall as a way of highlighting the voices of people of color, and 'Carolina Hall' seems to be a way of whitewashing an issue that is very explicitly about race.

"The 'contextualized' plaque that will accompany the new name on the hall is so vague as to be very near meaningless. Even if the board found the evidence of Hurston's connection to UNC to be tenuous, there are many other people of color in the University's history who would have made for excellent choices for the hall, and at the very least, they could have opened up the process for further public input and deliberation. Shallow 'unity' rings false when the divides on campus are very real — the board's decisions may have just deepened them."

Last month, the Tar Heel editorial board noted its own lack of diversity and appealed for applicants.

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Schaefer told Journal-isms, "Our board will indeed be more diverse next year, and we received more applications from women and students of color, as hoped, though the board is still not entirely representative of the UNC student body. We're doing better than last year, but only marginally."

. . . Monuments "Inseparable From Jim Crow, White Supremacy"

In 1997, Kirk Savage, a professor of the history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, wrote "Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America." Journal-isms asked him about an argument that since the South lost the Civil War, the Confederate monuments are harmless or even a testimony to black liberation.

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"I have an example of a similar response published in an African American newspaper in Richmond in 1890," Savage replied by email. "The Confederacy did lose and slavery was abolished, and as terrible as Jim Crow was, slavery was worse. But Jim Crow wasn't just segregation, it was violence and intimidation and murder too. And all these Confederate monuments are inseparable from Jim Crow and white supremacy.

"The monuments helped consolidate white supremacy across the South. They were the cultural arm of a political campaign that is still bearing its terrible fruit in Ferguson, Baltimore, and on and on. The monuments worked by uniting whites around the banner of the Lost Cause, rewriting the history of the Confederacy, and erasing the memory of Unionism and slavery and everything else that didn't fit the Lost Cause picture.

"The CSA [Confederate States of America] was an apartheid state — only a minority of its human population actually supported the Confederacy. White unionists and slaves outnumbered the Confederates across much of the South. Where are the monuments to the unionists who risked their lives and livelihood to harbor escaped Union prisoners or guide Union soldiers and civilians back to Union lines?

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"Who in the white South even knows these people once existed? The monuments of the Lost Cause worked because they erased all that — they gave whites a glorious tradition and ritual that supported white rule and the suppression of any alternative racial politics.

"I'm not in favor of tearing down these monuments but I do think we could use them as teaching tools, to show how they contributed to a deadly century-long campaign of political repression that still has many lingering impacts in our world today. And I think we could use more public recognition for all those black and white who resisted the Confederacy and resisted the Lost Cause."

Joe Burris, Baltimore Sun: Student coalition seeks to get 'Byrd' off University of Maryland's stadium (April 9)

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Russ Bynum, Associated Press: Records Offer Murky View Into Affleck's Ancestor and Slavery (May 17)

David A. Love, theGrio: Black artist will burn, bury the Confederate flag across the South on Memorial Day (May 22)

Steven J. Niven, TheRoot: Mary Bowser: A Brave Black Spy in the Confederate White House (March 19)

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He Might Have Been First Chinese American Journalist

"The first Chinese American journalist may have been Wong Chin Foo," Randall Yip wrote Monday for his AsAmNews.

"Check out this brief story on Wong from the 2003 Bill Moyers special, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience." (video)

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Emil Guillermo blog, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Asian Americans will miss David Letterman (May 20)

Stateside Staff, Michigan Radio: What does it mean to be Asian American in Michigan?

19 News Organizations Challenge Gag Order in Baltimore

"The Associated Press and 18 other news organizations asked a judge Friday to deny prosecutors' request for a gag order in the case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained a severe spinal injury in police custody," the news service reported.

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"The motion filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court contends such an order would violate free speech provisions of the U.S. and Maryland constitutions.

" 'Transparency is most needed in cases asserting governmental wrongdoing. This is particularly true when allegations of governmental wrongdoing are levied by both sides, against police officers and prosecutors alike,' attorney Nathan Siegel wrote on behalf of the news organizations.

The AP also wrote, "The other news outlets are The Baltimore Sun, Hearst Stations Inc., Sinclair Broadcasting, CBS Broadcasting Inc., Scripps Media Inc., ABC News, Bloomberg News, [BuzzFeed], CNN, Fox News, Gannett, NBC News, National Public Radio, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the [Reporters] Committee for Freedom of the Press."

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Wayne Bennett, the Field Negro: State violence redux.

Kerry Hawk Lessard, Indian Country Today Media Network: Freddie Gray and Baltimore's Urban Indians

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press: Baltimore Gets Bloodier as Arrests Drop Post-Freddie Gray

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Phillip Morris, Plain Dealer, Cleveland: Cleveland's broken police department must and will be fixed

Kerry Taylor, Institute for Southern Studies: Grassroots organizing shapes North Charleston's response to police killing of Walter Scott

Clinton's Pick for Latino Outreach Leaves Some Unimpressed

"When Hillary Clinton announced Lorella Praeli as her campaign's head of Latino outreach, the announcement yielded a mixed bag of coverage — 'Hillary Clinton Taps Dreamer,' 'Clinton campaign hires former Dreamer' and 'Hillary Hires Ex-Illegal as Latino Outreach Director,' " Esther J. Cepeda wrote Thursday for the Washington Post Writers Group.

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"It’s impossible to know the message Clinton was trying to send by hiring Praeli, formerly head of the advocacy group United We Dream who actually now has legal permanent resident status. Perhaps she simply wanted someone on staff who is familiar with the struggles of illegal immigrants.

"What is known is that careful observers of Democrats' fumbles and false promises on immigration were not impressed.

"Writing on the Latino Rebels website, Angel Rodriguez, the publisher of current affairs blog NYCTalking.com, wrote: 'Clinton is just another Democrat who is dangling that Immigration Carrot for Latinos again. She's now recruited a Dreamer. How predictable. Though Clinton may have forgotten her past (or her husband's past — NAFTA, anyone?), we (and the Internet) have not.'

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"Rodriguez then listed a compilation of Hillary saying she's 'adamantly against illegal immigrants,' stating that the women and children flooding the border during last summer's crisis should be sent back home, and other remarks made before she announced her candidacy.

"New York Daily News columnist Albor Ruiz described Clinton's headline-grabbing selection more frankly: 'Some fear that, despite Praeli's undisputed credentials as an effective and uncompromising leader, her appointment could be an attempt by Clinton's campaign to use the Dreamer movement as a political token — and Praeli as just a spokesperson for the campaign.'

"These concerns are not just the musings of a few Hispanic commentators. . . ."

Charles M. Blow, New York Times: The Rise of Social Liberalism and G.O.P. Resistance

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George E. Curry, National Newspaper Publishers Association: Politicizing Donations to Clinton Foundation

Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: Christie tells it like it is

Rick Sanchez, Fox News Latino: Elizabeth Warren is right on politics, wrong on economy (May 21)

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Bill Scher, Politico Magazine: Fox News Eats Its Own

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: CNN's Jake Tapper won't moderate panel discussion at Clinton Global Initiative confab

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: Hillary Clinton's team takes another hit on media briefings

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Dallas Anchor Gets a Doctorate at 61, Just Because

"Chances are that you will never see the full credentials used, so let's give him his due just this once," columnist Steve Blow wrote Thursday for the Dallas Morning News.

"Dr. John McCaa, Ph.D., I mean.

"I always thought of the news anchor at WFAA-TV (Channel 8) as a class act. Now I know he's also had lots of classes.

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"Congratulations to all those receiving diplomas in this graduation season. But I'm especially impressed with John, who just earned his doctor of philosophy from the University of Texas at Dallas.

"And will he be 'Dr. McCaa' on the TV set now? He laughed. 'No, I won't do that,' he said.

"But what a great role model. If he won’t toot his own horn, I'll do it for him.

"At age 61 and with 31 years on the job, it's not like he needed the degree for career advancement. This was education just for education's sake.

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"The one practical application, he hopes, will be in his weekly commentary during the 6 p.m. Friday broadcasts.

" 'Commentary is context,' he said. And the more education you have, the more complete the context you can provide, he believes.

" 'These days, people's idea of reaching back for political context is quoting Ronald Reagan,' he said. He prefers The Federalist Papers or Plutarch's Parallel Lives.

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" 'I'm pretty old-school about things,' he said. . . ."

Columnist Bob Ray Sanders Retires in Fort Worth

Bob Ray Sanders, a columnist and associate editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram known for decrying capital punishment and defending the unfairly accused, announced his retirement Friday. It comes shortly after another black columnist, Merlene Davis of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, told readers that she, too, is leaving.

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"By the time you read this I will have retired from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the place where I began my journalism career more than four decades ago. And, after a 20-year absence, it was the place that I came 'home' to and where I complete the journey, Sanders wrote.

He added that "the regret is that while we've made tremendous progress in this state and country on the issue of capital punishment, we have not been able to completely abolish it.

"I reflect on the number of times I've watched two mothers crying, one because her son was dead, the other because her son killed him.

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"Yet, I also think about the number of young men and women I've been able to assist in some way, and to share their stories of accomplishments that helped others.

"While I've been able to witness many historical events in my career and talk with some of the most powerful and influential people in the country, the real joy came in being able to write about extraordinary people who were not famous, but whose lives, conditions and achievements begged to be written about. . . ."

According to one bio, "Sanders' journalism career has spanned more than three decades and three media: newspaper, television and radio. . . . He worked many years at the Dallas/Fort Worth PBS affiliate, where he served as reporter, producer, station manager, and vice president."

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Don Haney Dies at 80, Helped Break Detroit Color Barrier

"Memorial services will be held Saturday for Don Haney, a longtime newsman and commentator who helped break the color barrier in Detroit broadcasting in the 1960s," Tim Kiska reported Friday for the Detroit Free Press. "Haney, 80, died March 24 in Little Rock, Ark., where he moved nine years ago.

"Haney grew up in Detroit, the son of Mack Haney, who owned a funeral home in the city's African-American neighborhood known as Black Bottom. Even as a youngster at Northern High School, Haney hoped to become a broadcaster.

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"He came face-to-face with racism in the media when in the 1950s he dropped off a job application and demonstration disk of his work to Channel 4, the leading news station in town at the time. He said he was told: 'You're a damned fool for trying to get a job at a white station.'

"Undeterred, Haney moved to Canada, where he got work in London, Kitchener and St. Thomas, Ontario. He returned to Detroit in 1964 as an announcer at WJR-AM (760), the first African American in that post.

"He joined Channel 7 (WXYZ-TV) late in 1967. Media coverage of the riot that year, in which 43 people died, made it painfully clear that Detroit's airwaves were almost totally devoid of African-American representation. Haney was hired by Channel 7 in late 1967.

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" 'He was a pioneer, no question about it. There weren't many African-Americans on the air when he got here.' said Chuck Stokes, Channel 7's public affairs director. 'He opened a lot of doors, and handled himself in a such a dignified way. I think he commanded a lot of respect.' . . ."

Short Takes

"The Society of Professional Journalists, 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," SPJ announced on Friday. "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. . . ."

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Scott Carney, a book author and journalist, has raised enough money to start WordRates, "a website where writers can not only share information about freelance payment, but also rate publications and editors they've worked with," Lene Bech Sillesen wrote May 20 for Columbia Journalism Review. "A section of the site called PitchLab aims to connect writers with mentors, who will represent and pitch writers' ideas to magazine editors. The basic idea of WordRates, Carney says, is to do for journalism what Yelp did for restaurant-goers. . . ."

"Most reporters spend days, maybe a few weeks, on an important story. Erin Moriarty worked more than 16 years," Brian Steinberg wrote Thursday for Variety. "Moriarty will present new information on CBS' '48 Hours' Saturday night that she hopes will prompt officials to take a new look at the case of Crosley Green, a Florida man convicted of murder who has spent 26 years in prison.. . ."

"After a five-month social media campaign featuring photographs of public radio celebs and common folk wearing a white trucker’s hat emblazoned with the words 'I AM LAKSHMI SINGH,' the NPR newscaster donned one to wild cheers during a standing-room–only event at WNYC in New York City Tuesday evening," Jon Kalish reported Friday for Current.org.

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"The New Yorker's creative director Wyatt Mitchell is leaving for a job at Apple, Capital has learned," Joe Pompeo of capitalnewyork.com wrote in a tweet on Thursday. Mitchell, who joined the New Yorker four years ago, was closely involved with the development of the magazine's apps (video). He previously worked at Wired, Esquire, Vibe and Details . . ."

"I find almost no evidence that the boundaries of Whiteness are expanding to include the vast majority of Latina/os in the U.S.," Dr. Nicholas Vargas of the University of Texas at Dallas said in an interview Thursday with Latino Rebels. "Only six percent of Latinas/os report that in general, they are perceived as White by others in their daily lives. And it is primarily only Latina/os with very fair physical features and very high household incomes who report this. If most Latina/os were 'becoming White,' we would expect that Latina/os of all shades, income levels and orientations to explain that they both self-identify as White and are perceived and treated as White by others. . . ."

"National Journal has hired Juleyka Lantigua-Williams to be managing editor of The Next America, an 'editorial venture' that explores 'the political, economic and social impacts of profound demographic and cultural changes facing the United States today,' " Betsy Rothstein wrote Thursday for the Daily Caller. Lantigua-Williams "worked as a writer and editor for 15 years. She has been a nationally-syndicated columnist with The Progressive magazine's Media Project for fourteen years," Editorial Director Ron Brownstein told Rothstein.

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"By midnight on Sunday, the L.A. Times sports pages had 7 million pageviews and 2 million unique visitors — a daily traffic record for the sports department," Kristen Hare reported Friday for the Poynter Institute. Sports Editor Angel Rodriguez "doesn't take credit for the record-breaking traffic. He'd only been at the Times for about a month, and he came there from a digital background with some print-centered stops along the way. . . ."

"Where do I put my hands? Of all the things to consider, that's what was on my mind as I was strapped into the IndyCar two-seater for this opportunity to experience the Belle Isle Grand Prix," Walter Middlebrook, assistant managing editor of the Detroit News, wrote Thursday. He also wrote, "I was king of the road for that two-minute lap. No screams, no closed eyes and none of the other things those other riders had set me up for. . . ."

In Philadelphia, "Anchor Shirleen Allicot said goodbye to the 6abc family on Action News at 4 Wednesday," WPVI-TV reported on May 20. "She is moving to New York and will be seen on our sister station WABC. . . ." (video)

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"You have three degrees in economics, which I assume is not common among your colleagues at ESPN. Do you still consider yourself an economist?" Mark Leibovich asked ESPN's Bomani Jones May 29 in a Q-and-A for the New York Times Magazine. "Yes," Jones replied. "Being an economist is much more about a thought process than it is anything specific about a your job. It's thinking about how to maximize utility and the allocation of scarce resources — that's what I’m doing every day now. . . ."

After eight years at USA Today and 23 years in journalism, Marisol Bello "will bring her extensive expertise covering race, poverty and other issues" to the Center for Community Change "as we begin our groundbreaking 'Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All' campaign," Center spokeswoman Donna De La Cruz told Journal-isms Friday by email. "The mission of the Center is to raise the power and voices of the most vulnerable and powerless people in America. Marisol will not only bring her master story telling skills to our team but she will teach others how to share their stories with America." Bello said she did not qualify for the recent USA Today buyouts.

Whites (66 percent) are far more likely to approve of drone attacks than are blacks (46 percent) and Hispanics (39 percent), the Pew Research Center reported on Thursday.

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"Video footage found in captured Boko Haram camps by Nigeria's military and seen by Reuters seems to give some of the clearest indication that foreign fighters hold positions of power within the Nigerian Islamist militant group," Julia Payne reported Tuesday for Reuters. Payne also wrote, "Reuters also saw raw footage of a video titled 'Harvest of Spies', released in edited form in March, which copied Islamic State videos and showed the beheading of two men accused of being undercover government agents. . . ."

Chandra Johnson of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City wrote a piece Wednesday headlined "Why aren't there more African-American journalists? " that quoted Kenny Irby of the Poynter Institute, Gregory Howard of the sports website Deadspin and Howard University new media professor Ingrid Sturgis.

"You don't normally think of rappers as news sources," (video) Amanda Fortier of the Open Society Foundations wrote May 22. "But in Senegal two prominent rap artists, Xuman and Keyti, have been rapping the news in French, Wolof (Senegal's dominant local language), and English for the last two years. Their YouTube series, known as JT Rappé, is watched by some 45,000 viewers every week online. . . ."

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"Watch the CNN anchor's most awkward, head-slapping moments in two grueling minutes," (video) is a headline on a piece by Rachel Stewart of Slate, referring to Don Lemon.

"In court Thursday in Luanda, Angola, a judge found journalist Rafael Marques guilty of criminal defamation of Angolan military generals and gave him a two year suspended sentence," Kerry A. Dolan reported Thursday for Forbes. " 'It's unbelievable,' Marques told Forbes. 'I can be jailed [at any time] within two years. It hangs over my head until 2017, which means conveniently until elections in Angola.' . . .”

"A former THISDAY editor, Paul Ibe, has approached the National Industrial Court to commit to prison the founder of Arise Television and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Leaders & Company Limited, publishers of THISDAY Newspaper, Nduka Obaigbena," the Premium Times of Abuja, Nigeria, reported on Friday. "Mr. Ibe, a former Editor, Saturday Newspaper of THISDAY, had in July 2011 slammed a multi-million naira suit on THISDAY and Mr. Obaigbena seeking, among other reliefs, payments of his pension, outstanding entitlements, remittance of his tax as deducted by the company and for the court to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Press Council of Nigeria and the Federal Inland Revenue Service to investigate the defendants. . . ."

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The Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday that it welcomed "the release today of Mexican journalist Pedro Celestino Canché Herrera, who had been imprisoned on charges of sabotage in the state of Quintana Roo since August. A local court on Thursday declared Canché innocent of the charges and ordered him to be released, Canché's lawyer, Maria Araceli Andrade Tomala, told CPJ. . . ."