Brandy Betts gathers with other protesters outside Bill Cosby’s Far From Finished tour at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center May 2, 2015, in Atlanta.
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"America's Dad" Admits Giving Women Sedatives for Sex

"Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and 'other people,' according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press," Maryclaire Dale reported Monday for the AP.


It was a bombshell that led both the "CBS Evening News" and ABC's "World News" and prompted Time magazine to quickly post a piece by Daniel D'Addario headlined "Why Bill Cosby's Admission Should Put an End to the Era of Cosby Defenders."

Lawyer Gloria Allred told the Associated Press that she hopes to use the newly unsealed testimony in other court cases against the comedian, who became "America's dad" with the success of "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s.


Dale's story continued, "The AP had gone to court to compel the release of the documents; Cosby's lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client."

The Hollywood Reporter was right behind the AP. "Both the AP and THR are presumably looking at the same documents," reporter Eriq Garner told Journal-isms by email. "We probably obtained them within minutes of the AP obtaining them."


Garner's story read:

"The documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter were revealed after a Pennsylvania judge agreed to unseal old court filings in a settled case brought by Andrea Constand, who was the first woman to publicly come forward with allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted her. The settlement happened in the midst of discovery as Cosby confronted charges that there were other women who were victims. . . .


"On Monday, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno agreed to open up court records

"Cosby 'has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime,' states Robreno's opinion. 'To the extent that Defendant has freely entered the public square and "thrust himself into the vortex of th[ese] public issue[s]," he has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim.'


"The court documents shed more light on some of the accusations against Cosby.

"For example, according to one of the newly revealed court papers (see here), Cosby testified that he called Tom Illus of the William Morris Agency and asked him to send money to one female accuser. Cosby is said to have testified that Illus did not ask him why. Cosby also said he wasn't sure whether he asked Illus to send money to more women. (Illus died four years ago.)


"As for Constand, who was the director of operations for the women's basketball program at Temple University — Cosby's alma mater — Cosby admitted during the deposition to have once offered her mother some money for Constand's education after the sexual abuse allegation was made. Cosby attempted to explain he offered money because he feared that she would use the allegations to embarrass him. In unsealed court documents, Constand's attorney also says that Cosby sent his accuser to meet with a rep at the William Morris Agency.

"According to a plaintiff court filing, several people told the police that Cosby used a modeling agency in Denver 'to supply him with young women,' and after alleged victims came forward, Cosby used the William Morris Agency 'to funnel money' to accusers. There's even a less-than-subtle hint that the talent agency would have been added as a co-defendant in the lawsuit had it proceeded further.


"Constand's attorney aimed to establish in the discovery process that 'the Agency not only permitted defendant to libel plaintiff… it also used other celebrities under contract to them to publicize that slander, in order to preserve their economic interest in defendant.'

D'Addario wrote for Time, "This newly released testimony, clearly, doesn't address each one of the accusers' claims. But it puts an end to the idea that such claims were motivated by a desire to boost the accusers' own profiles, or to take down a comedy hero, because Cosby reportedly admits culpability in his own words. Bill Cosby is, in fact, the sort of person who would do such a thing; he said so himself, in testimony he presumed would remain sealed post-settlement and that only became public through dogged reporting.


"For those inclined to trust the preponderance of evidence, the fact that there was eventually definitive proof of Cosby's behavior towards women comes as no surprise. What's more surprising is that the man himself — one who allowed fans, costars, and family members to defend him for so long — had confessed his behavior in his own words.

"Cosby has only spoken publicly about the allegations against him in the vaguest of terms, leaving an opening for his defenders to read into his silence anything they wanted. That period of debate, in which Cosby's level of culpability remained entirely in doubt, is now over. The question is whether, the heat of the Cosby scandal having died down as suddenly as it blew up, the public will still care."


Michelle Miller delivered the story for the "CBS Evening News." "As Miller reported the story —live, without a pre-taped package — some viewers expressed concern for Miller, thinking she was emotionally overwhelmed by the story," Mark Joyella reported for TVNewser.

"Actually, TVNewser understands Miller wasn't 'upset,' but simply out of breath after crashing her story and running to the studio."


S.C. Senate Votes to Take Down Confederate Flag

"Nineteen days after a white gunman killed the pastor and eight parishioners at Charleston's historic black Emanuel AME Church, South Carolina's Senate voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol grounds," Cynthia Roldan and Schuyler Kropf reported Monday for the Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.


"With Gov. Nikki Haley on the record saying the flag needs to come down, a two-thirds vote in the House would consign the battle flag, which has flown from a 30-foot pole as part of a Confederate Soldier Monument in front of the Statehouse steps since 2000, to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. The vote followed weeks of protests and growing demands by politicians, civil rights activists, community leaders and businesses to 'Take It Down,' saying it symbolized the racism that allegedly led to the mass killing at the church," they wrote.

In an editorial, the Post and Courier said in Monday's print edition, "Furling the flag has the support of town councils, civic leaders, civil rights organizations, church groups, college boards, coaches and business groups. Public support for the flag's removal can best be described as overwhelming.


"Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the flag is supported by all of the state's living ex-governors, Republican and Democrat. They include Ernest F. Hollings, Richard Riley, David Beasley, Jim Hodges and Mark Sanford. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott have expressed the same view.

"Sen. Graham told CNN: 'God help South Carolina if we fail to remove the flag.'

"More than two-thirds of the Legislature polled by The Post and Courier have said they support bringing down the flag. Let's hope that means tomorrow.


"The flag still has its supporters. For some South Carolinians, the banner is a reminder of the bravery of Palmetto State soldiers during the Civil War, in which more than 20,000 of them died.

"For others, though, it is a reminder of a darker side of South Carolina history — slavery, Jim Crow, and the opposition to civil rights.


"The Confederate battle flag means dramatically different things to different people; it is unquestionably a symbol of division.

"That is enough reason to remove it from its location adjacent the center of state government. For clearly, it no longer represents South Carolina. . . ."


On the website of the State newspaper, published in the capital of Columbia, businesses and civic leaders added in an advertisement, "The time has come to move our state forward into the promise of our shared future."

Businesses and educational institutions acted on the sentiment. Deanna Pan of the Post and Courier reported Monday that "Allen University in Columbia has created the Simmons, Pinckney and Sanders Scholarship to honor the lives of three alumni who were killed last month in a mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church."


In the same edition, John McDermott reported that "Duke Energy will donate least $100,000 to expand a diversity leadership program at Furman University in response to the Emanuel AME Church shootings in Charleston last month."

Executive Editor Mitch Pugh did not respond to an inquiry about whether the Post and Courier will be similarly inspired. The newspaper has won plaudits for its coverage, but as reported last month, its newsroom is less diverse than it was 15 years ago.


Nevertheless, the June 17 slaying of nine African American churchgoers and its aftermath has affected journalists as it has everyone else in the area. "A lot of people have been physically and emotionally drained by the whole thing," Alex Caban, executive producer at WCIV-TV in Charleston, told Journal-isms by telephone. Morning news meetings now begin with hugs, Caban said, one of "these little things" that make it easier to do the day's work.

Felicia Bolton and Jason Miles, WMC-TV, Memphis, Tenn.: Mayor A C Wharton calls for removal of Confederate monument (June 26)


Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain, the State, Columbia, S.C.: The Buzz: A blog from The State's political team

Cheryl Corley, NPR "Code Switch": Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll


Mary C. Curtis, the Broad Side: In Charleston, a Rare — and Perhaps Transformational — Public Glimpse of Private Faith

Editorial, Philadelphia Inquirer: That banner yet waves

Editorial, the State, Columbia, S.C.: There's no place for vandalism in effort to remove Confederate flag from SC State House


Frank Harris III, Hartford Courant: Too Soon For Forgiveness In Charleston [Accessible via search engine]

Ricardo A. Hazell, the Shadow League: Slavery is a Choice

Andre Jackson, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: South's home to more than one 'heritage'


Harve Jacobs, WCSC-TV, Charleston, S.C.: Emotions run high during Confederate Flag rally at State House

Jack Jenkins, Center for American Progress: Why 'Unconnected' Church Burnings Can Still Be Racist


Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Rice University Finds Slavery's Legacy Impacts Today’s Racial Segregation in Schools (June 29)

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times: Obama's Eulogy, Which Found Its Place in History


Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: Tearing Down the Confederate Flag Is Just a Start (June 24)

Chris Kromm, Institute for Southern Studies: After anti-Confederate flurry, lasting change for Old South symbols?


Cristina Marcos, the Hill: GOP punts on Confederate symbolism in Capitol

Robert McClendon, | the Times-Picayune: Robert E. Lee owned slaves, and other facts on the Civil War general (June 29)


Lonnae O'Neal, Washington Post: I’m a black woman. I loved Luke Duke. It's complicated.

Deanna Pan, Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.: Allen University establishes scholarship honoring church shooting victims


Ben Railton, Talking Points Memo: The Paragraph On Slavery That Never Made It Into The Declaration Of Independence

Mark Schultz, News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.: Vandals deface UNC's 'Silent Sam' Confederate memorial


Cindi Ross Scoppe, the State, Columbia, S.C.: Stop talking about monuments, or risk derailing Confederate flag removal

Jamie Self, the State, Columbia, S.C.: After battle flag, Tillman statue could be next target


John Sims, Huffington Post: Why I Burned and Buried The Confederate Flag — And America Should, Too

Gregory Smithers, Indian Country Today Media Network: Dumping the Confederate Flag: Natives Can Teach America How


Ted Strong, Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch: Another Confederate monument vandalized in Richmond

Jamie Utt, Here Are the Real Reasons Why We White People Struggle to Admit That Racism Still Exists


WCIV-TV, Charleston, S.C.: Confederate declaration of 1860: The argument for states' rights

ESPN Moves Celebrity Tournament From Trump Golf Club

"ESPN is moving next week's ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Golf Club following owner Donald Trump'sdisparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants," Maane Khatchatourian reported Monday for Variety.


"The charity event will instead be held at Pelican Hill Golf Club on July 14.

" 'We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice,' ESPN said in a statement. 'This charity outing benefits the V Foundation's Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanics and African Americans.


"Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment.' . . ."

Meanwhile, officials said Friday that Francisco Sanchez, 45, suspected of shooting and killing a woman at a popular tourist spot in San Francisco, "was on probation and had been deported multiple times," Rosanna Xia reported for the Los Angeles Times.


Xia also wrote, "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has come under fire for comments about Mexicans, issued a statement Friday evening about the shooting.

" 'This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately,' Trump said in the statement. "This is an absolutely disgraceful situation and I am the only one that can fix it. Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it.' "


The killing and Trump's response led the "NBC Nightly News" on Monday.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Time: America's Not Ready To Dump Trump

Azam Ahmed, New York Times: And Now, What Mexico Thinks of Donald Trump

Associated Press: Panama Drops Out of Donald Trump's Miss Universe Pageant

Philip Bump, Washington Post: Surprise! Donald Trump is wrong about immigrants and crime.


Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post: Donald Trump's 'Mexican rapists' rhetoric will keep the Republican Party out of the White House (June 17)

Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune: Trump and the Myth of Immigrant Crime

Jordan Chariton, theWrap: Donald Trump Deletes Tweet About Jeb Bush's Wife: You Like 'Mexican Illegals' Because of Your Wife


National Hispanic Media Coalition: NHMC Continues To Advocate Despite Trump's Lawsuit Threat

Ruben Navarrette Jr., Daily Beast: Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Donald Trump


Natasha Noman, This Mexican Laborer Had the Most Heartbreaking Response to Donald Trump's Racism

Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: Which GOP rival will fire Trump?

Bob Pockrass, ESPN: NASCAR distances itself from Donald Trump after remarks

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Donald Trump: A farce to be reckoned with

Peter Roff, U.S. News & World Report: Donald Trump Gets It

Hunter Walker, Business Insider: Donald Trump just released an epic statement raging against Mexican immigrants and 'disease'


David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun: Beyond Trump: Recognizing the size, power of Hispanic media market [Accessible via search engine]

Whitlock Alienated Too Many Other Journalists, Writer Says

Among the reasons that sports columnist Jason Whitlock was let go from the Undefeated, the ESPN site he was hired to create, was that his manner and opinions had offended too many black journalistsReeves Wiedeman reported Monday for New York magazine.


" 'Jason's a great columnist, and columnists are supposed to elicit response, move the needle, so he can say whatever he wants,' one black journalist at ESPN told me, Wiedeman wrote.

" 'But at what point does that disqualify you as a guy who's gonna run a website that's all about connecting with an audience that you've offended so many times?' When Whitlock's hiring was announced, a number of ESPN employees went to [ESPN President John] Skipper and other executives to express reservations about Whitlock.


"One black editor at a prominent digital publication — many black journalists declined to speak on the record, citing some variation of the fact that, 'This is a very small world, and we all have to work in it for another 30 years' — told me he viewed the site the same way he looked at Tyler Perry's movies: Employed black writers were better than unemployed ones, but the site under Whitlock only seemed likely to set back . . . the cause."

Wiedeman also wrote that Whitlock "set about trying to hire everyone from traditional sports reporters to those who covered criminal justice. But he quickly found that many of his targets weren’t interested.


"Some were content in their jobs; others were hesitant about working for him. Resources were not a question — the site recently sent one of its reporters and a film crew to South Africa for a story on Josiah Thugwane, the country's first black Olympic gold medalist — nor were salaries. Whitlock's top target was Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic writer whose 'The Case for Reparations' Whitlock held up as the standard to which he wanted his site to aspire. Whitlock offered to triple Coates's salary, but Coates still turned him down. A friend of Coates's said the idea of potentially running such a site would have appealed to Coates, but he had little interest in working for Whitlock.

"Many potential hires said they weren't convinced they would be able to report and write the types of stories they wanted, and some were concerned that working for Whitlock would put them on the wrong side of history.


"Whitlock's response to the protests in Baltimore had been to tweet that 'Children need committed parents. Gotta rebuild the home,' and a few days later, he linked to an article arguing that the string of young black men killed by police had been an overhyped story, because almost as many people were killed each year by lightning strikes and dogs.

" 'A lot of us feel as if we're writing things at a particular moment in history that people are going to look back on, so it's extremely important that the tone and confection of these pieces are right,' one reporter who covers race told me. . . ."


Meanwhile, Coates remains happy at the Atlantic and has begun promoting his new book, "Between the World and Me," to be published Sept. 8. Coates was on NBC's "Meet the Press" (video) on Sunday, on the "PBS NewsHour on Thursday, and debated neighborhood crime for an hour with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on June 30. On Saturday, Coates published "Letter to My Son," a lengthy excerpt from his new book, on his Atlantic blog.

Greg Howard, Deadspin: How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN's "Black Grantland" (April 27)


Nearly Half a Million Party at Essence Festival

"Nearly half a million people attended this year's Essence Festival held in New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend," the Associated Press reported on Monday.


"That’s about 50,000 less than last year when participants marked the festival's 20th anniversary with performances by Prince, Lionel Richie, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae and Mary J. Blige.

"Organizers say this year's festival lineup included Kevin Hart, Usher and rappers Missy Elliott, Common and Kendrick Lamar for ticketed performances inside the Superdome while more than 120 speakers, including Deepak Chopra . . . , Iyanla Vanzant and the Rev. Al Sharpton counseled those attending the free daytime experience inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.


"In addition, for the first time this year, the festival touched thousands of fans around the world via 100 hours of produced live-stream content."

Staging profitable live events are increasingly seen as ways to strengthen publications' bottom lines. Essence Communications has said it does not release information on how much the festival contributes to its financial health.

Advertisement Essence Fest in New Orleans

Bay Area TV Crews Robbed While Reporting on Homicide

"News crews from two television stations were robbed of cameras Thursday morning, and a camera operator was pistol-whipped by a man in a ski mask, as they reported on a homicide at Pier 14 in San Francisco," Henry K. Lee and Hamed Aleaziz reported for the San Francisco Chronicle.


"The mugging — the latest in the Bay Area to target television crews — happened at 6:03 a.m. at the pier along the Embarcadero and was captured in part on the air.

"KTVU reporter Cara Liu was reporting live when someone ran up and stole camera equipment belonging to KNTV, which also had a crew on the scene. During the incident, KNTV camera operator Alan Waples was pistol-whipped.


"KTVU anchor Brian Flores was introducing the story and preparing to go live to Liu when she appeared startled and said, 'Hold on, hold on, wait,' before disappearing from the screen, as KNTV reporter Kris Sanchez and Waples, 54, were being robbed at gunpoint.

"The assailant, one of three men who took part in the attack, came up behind Waples, who was . . . adjusting Sanchez's lighting, and put a gun to his head.


" 'Don't shoot! Don’t shoot!' Sanchez yelled.

"Waples said, 'Take the camera!'

"He recalled later that he was waiting for the click of the gun. . . ."

Dave McNary, Variety: SAG-AFTRA Seeking Protection for News Crews After San Francisco Attacks


Houston Examined as Example of Economic Segregation

"Houston is a place of stark contrasts," Monica Rhor wrote Monday for the Houston Chronicle under the headline, "The Divide: Income inequality in America's most economically segregated big city."


Rhor introduced readers to Valanda Streets, 45, a mother of three, and continued, "It is home to pockets of poverty, including Independence Heights, the northside neighborhood where Streets has lived since she was a teenager, and also to multibillion-dollar corporations and multimillion-dollar mansions. It epitomizes America in 2015, where the gap between rich and poor keeps growing wider and someone like Streets lives on just enough to get by, but never enough to get ahead. . . ."

An editor's note says, "This story is based on more than two dozen interviews with Houston residents, community and business leaders, and local and national activists and researchers."


Detroit Muslims Reclaim Working-Class Black Neighborhood

"This is the story of a Pakistani Muslim from Ann Arbor — a radiologist by trade, an average American by right, a regular Joe who doesn't always go to mosque with his wife and children — on a mission to redefine how people see Muslims:

He is helping to rebuild a broken Detroit neighborhood near a black Muslim mosque," Rochelle Riley wrote for the Sunday print edition of the Detroit Free Press.


"This also is a story about the reclamation of something lost: the spirit of Black Bottom, a vibrant, working-class, black neighborhood that was home to the city's first black mosque and its close-knit Muslim community, a neighborhood that was paved over six decades ago to build an interstate.

"Pakistani immigrant Waseem Ullah loves America, abhors ISIS and hopes people will judge him by his actions — and his new mission, which began five years ago.


"He was in Chicago with his family, attending the annual Islamic Society of North America conference, where Muslims gather to celebrate the successes of families and mosques. There, he heard a young man speak passionately about plans to build a new black Muslim neighborhood on the city's South Side. . . ."

Riley also wrote, "The development is among many projects across the region being undertaken by Muslim leaders, agencies and mosques to show the resolve and contributions of Muslims, who number more than 200,000 in the tri-county area based on census and survey numbers. . . ."


A note at the end of the report says, "This is the first in a series of stories that explore life for Muslims in metro Detroit. The series grew from a six-month national fellowship Rochelle Riley received in January based on a new genre of reporting called Restorative Narrative — stories that show how people and communities are learning to rebuild and recover in the aftermath, or midst of, difficult times. Riley was one of five inaugural Restorative Narrative Fellows."

"Brown Paper" Shows How to Grow Latino Listenership

"A case study by the Latino Public Radio Consortium examines the strategies and tactics that KPCC followed to increase its listenership among Latinos in Los Angeles, providing a model for other stations seeking to diversify their audiences," Tyler Falk reported Monday for


"The 'Brown Paper,' released last week for distribution at the Public Media Development & Marketing Conference in Washington, D.C., found that KPCC’s total audience has grown 27 percent, and Latino listenership has nearly doubled since 2009. At the end of 2014, the station was the highest-rated public radio station in Los Angeles.

"Its listener-sensitive revenue grew accordingly. The paper reports that KPCC's listener support nearly doubled, from $6.5 million to $11.4 million; corporate underwriting revenue increased from roughly $5.3 million to $7.8 million between 2009 and 2014.


"The effort proved wrong that KPCC would ostracize its white audience by trying to appeal to Latinos, said Edgar Aguirre, an LPRC board member and KPCC's managing director for external relations and strategic initiatives. 'It's a win-win,' he said. . . ."

Jeff Coltin, Abigail Keel and Angela Nguyen, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated: PRNDI Focuses on Diversity in Hiring and Reporting (June 28)


Tyler Falk, Study points to lack of diversity on NPR and member station boards

Short Takes

"The White House Correspondents' Association unveiled a set of 'principles and practices' Saturday in search of 'meaningful and consistent access to the President and his or her aides whenever and wherever they conduct the public's business,' " James Warren reported for the Poynter Institute. "The principles and a set of proposed practices reflect a growing frustration with the administration of President Barack Obama and a sense by those who cover the White House daily that they are increasingly kept in the dark. . . ."


President Obama went golfing at Joint Base Andrews Sunday with ESPN's Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, businessman Marty Nesbitt and longtime friend Mike Ramos, according to a pool report from Nicholas Fandos of the New York Times.

"Los Angeles Times Managing Editor S. Mitra Kalita announced in a memo to staff on Monday that the Times has added a reporter to cover Black Twitter," Kristen Hare reported Monday for the Poynter Institute. The new reporter, Dexter Thomas, is a doctoral candidate in East Asian studies at Cornell University. Other additions to the audience engagement team, directed by Alexandra Manzano, are Michelle Maltais, Annie Yu and Lisa Biagiotti. interviewed Thomas.


"Rachel Dolezal’s recent unmasking as a white woman living as black sparked a debate about the legitimacy of 'transracial' experience," Sarah Valentine wrote Monday for the Chronicle of Higher Education. "I cannot speak for Dolezal or anyone else, but I can state for a fact that racial transition is a valid experience, because I have gone through it. While most people would look at this photo and see a black girl, two white boys, and a very surprised cat, they would be wrong. The girl in the photo is white, just like her brothers. I was raised in a white family from birth and taught to identify as white. . . ."

Kenny, a reader of AsAmNews, contacted the site about the slur "Jap" being used as a substitution for Japan during World Cup coverage, the site reported on Sunday. Referring to a Bay Area television station, Kenny, whose last name was withheld, wrote, "KTVU is the television station that sparked the Asiana Airlines controversy in July 2013. I realize this hashtag issue is a fairly small matter compared to the Asiana issue, but KTVU most certainly should have acquired more cultural sensitivity since that incident. It is disappointing that a tweet containing a derogatory term was posted and allowed to remain on @KVTU's timeline for so long."


"Telemundo's Spanish-language U.S. broadcast of the widely anticipated final match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ between USA and Japan delivered 1.27 million total viewers, up 97% vs. the 2011 U.S. Spanish-language broadcast of the final, becoming the most watched game of a FIFA Women's World Cup in U.S. Spanish-language TV, according to Nielsen," Telemundo announced on Monday.

"When Univision filed its plans for an IPO with the SEC this morning, it had to open its books, revealing its cable network Fusion lost $35 million in 2014 alone," Veronica Villafañe reported Thursday for her Media Moves site. "The Univision/ABC joint venture forged in 2012 and launched in October of 2013 has faced numerous challenges — most notably, finding an audience and achieving broader distribution. . . ."


Allan M. Siegal, a former assistant managing editor at the New York Times, and Paul Delaney, who in 1978 was newly appointed as a senior editor in newsroom administration, were responsible for limiting the use of the N-word in the Times' pages, David W. Dunlap reported for the Times on Thursday. Siegal recalled of Delaney, a cofounder of the National Association of Black Journalists, "The point he made to me, patiently and persuasively, was essentially the one that came to be embodied in the stylebook entry on slurs: that even when supposedly innocuous or newsworthy, appearances of the word erode a barrier against its promiscuous use. . . ."

Jabari Asim, "the executive editor of The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP, recently received a criminal citation in the mail for driving without a license last week," according to the Boston Globe, Kristin Toussaint reported Thursday for "Except Asim couldn't have gotten the citation, he said. He had been at work all day, his wife had the car, and they had a receipt, a witness, and his phone's GPS data to prove it, the Globe reported. Asim started to wonder if his race was a factor. . . ."


"When Brittni Smallwood started anchoring at CBS affiliate WIVB, The Buffalo News reports, she made history in Buffalo,"Kevin Eck reported Monday for TVSpy. " 'I'm really excited,' said Smallwood, who is the first African-American to regularly anchor a weekday newscast in nearly twenty years in the market. 'And I'm humbled to not only represent the African-American community, but all communities as well.' . . ."

"Univision News has named Keith Summa its new svp of content innovation," Brian Flood reported Monday for TVNewser. "He will report directly to CEO Isaac Lee and will also work closely with Fusion. Summa's goal is to increase the engagement of Univision News' existing audience and broadening the division's reach. . . ."


"Two young Fox4 women reporters, hired in the same year within several months of one another, have decided to leave the Dallas-based station after relatively short tenures," Ed Bark reported Monday for his Dallas/Fort Worth blog. "Calvert Collins and Latoya Silmon are the departing twosome. . . ."

"Constance Mitchell Ford, who heads the global real estate and property bureau for The Wall Street Journal in New York, sent out the following message to some staff on Wednesday afternoon," Chris Roush wrote Thursday for Talking Biz News. "After more than 29 years at WSJ, I've decided it's time to move on. No, I'm not being laid off, I wasn't asked to leave or pushed to take a buyout. I just decided recently that it's a good time to try something different. I'm not leaving until the end of September, but there are so many rumors — some false — that I wanted to tell you now. . . ."


Dexter D. Eure Sr., retired director of community relations for the Boston Globe, died Thursday, according to a death notice in the Boston Globe. He was 91. In "Newspapers and Their Relationship to the Black Agenda," a 1987 paper published in the Trotter Review, Eure, who had worked in advertising and circulation departments, argued that having more black journalists was not enough. He urged additional steps, including "Blacks and other minorities should begin serious efforts toward eventual acquisition of newspapers; should work toward placing more blacks on corporate boards; and should purchase more shares of available stock in newspapers, television, and radio. . . ." Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at Twelfth Baptist Church, 160 Warren St., Roxbury, Mass.

"Sonny Madrid, who as a founder of Lowrider magazine helped spread Chicano political activism by pairing it with coverage of the tricked-out cars that found popularity among Mexican-Americans, died on June 22 in San Jose," Jon Caramanica wrote Wednesday for the New York Times. "He was 70. The cause was prostate cancer, his son Mario said. . . ."


Dr. Owen Kulemeka, a public relations assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, was found dead inside his Norman apartment Tuesday, and authorities believe it is because of complications he suffered due to a heat stroke," KOTV-TV in Tulsa, Okla., reported on Wednesday. He was 38.

Israeli troops deliberately fired tear gas at two Palestinian journalists with Jordan's Ro'ya TV "while they were covering a peaceful Palestinian demonstration near Jaba, a village north of Jerusalem, on 2 July," Reporters Without Borders reported on Saturday.


"To the list of urgent threats facing Egypt, including militants behind assassinations and car bombings, Egyptian officials have warned of another danger in recent days: journalism, or at least the kind of reporting that strays from the government line," Kareen Fahim reported Sunday for the New York Times. "President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi likened some 'media and methods of communication' on Saturday to a 'fourth generation of warfare, and even fifth,' and the foreign ministry tried to steer journalists toward the usage of its preferred terms for militant groups, including 'terrorists,' 'destroyers' and 'slayers.' . . .”