Nearly Half of American Voters Expect Worsened Race Relations

Lynette Byrnes writes an anti-Ku Klux Klan sign during a march of more than a thousand protesters toward Independence Hall against President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 19, 2016, in Philadelphia.
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"Nearly half of U.S. voters (46%) expect [Donald J.] Trump’s election to lead to worse race relations, while just 25% say they will improve (26% say there will be no difference)," Shiva Maniam reported Monday for Pew Research Center. "By contrast, after [Barack] Obama’s election eight years ago, 52% of voters expected race relations to improve, while just 9% said they would be worse; roughly a third (36%) said there would be little change.

Advocates for people of color met with the Donald J. Trump transition team on Nov. 16, Sabella Scalise reported for the Cronkite News at Arizona State University. (Video by Sabella Scalise/Cronkite News)


"A Pew Research Center survey of voters after Election Day finds that roughly three-quarters of blacks (74%) expect race relations to worsen following Trump’s election as president, while just 5% expect them to improve (17% expect little change). In 2008, these views were almost the reverse: 75% of black voters said Obama’s election would lead to better race relations, while about a quarter (24%) expected no difference in relations (less than 1% said race relations would worsen).

"Whites also are less optimistic about progress in race relations under Trump than under Obama, though the shift has been less dramatic than among blacks. Today, 43% of whites expect race relations to get worse; just 10% said this in November 2008, after Obama’s victory. . . ."


Todd Steven Burroughs, The Root: Revolutionary Fire Fuels State of Black World Convention as Activists Prepare for Trump

Tyler Cowen, San Diego Union-Tribune: State of race relations: Why pessimism is justified


Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call: Nikki Haley, Once a Trump Foe, Moves to the Front of the Line

Lurie Daniel Favors, The Root: The Black Middle Class Is About to Get Trumped

Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News Latino: MALDEF's Thomas Saenz Talks Latino Civil Rights and Trump's Presidency


Jessica Suerth, Cronkite News, Arizona State University: Minority advocates, Trump transition team hold closed-door meeting (Nov. 16)

Tanzina Vega, CNN Money: What about the black working class?

Paul Waldman, Washington Post: How long before the white working class realizes Trump was just scamming them?


Damon Young, GQ: I'm Tired of Good White People (Nov. 11)

Station Says ‘White Supremacy,’ Not ‘Alt-Right’

"Seattle’s KUOW is avoiding using the term 'alt-right' in its reporting, opting instead for 'white nationalism' and 'white supremacy,' Tyler Falk reported Tuesday for


"A post on KUOW’s website Monday quoted a memo to programming staff by Cathy Duchamp, KUOW’s managing editor. '… ‘[A]lt-right’ doesn’t mean anything, and normalizes something that is far from normal,' Duchamp wrote. 'So we need to plain speak it.'

"In the post, Online Editor Isolde Raftery said the station would reconsider using the term if it becomes 'better defined and understood by the general public.' But in the meantime, she said, 'we will avoid vague words that neutralize anti-social and abnormal ways of thinking.'


"Duchamp also told staff that 'if you’re in a situation where you must use "alt-right," please use the phrase "so-called alt-right, a white nationalist movement." '

"The term alt-right is relatively new in mainstream usage and was a runner-up as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. Oxford defines the term as an 'ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints.' It does not use 'white nationalism' or 'white supremacy' to describe the term. . . ."


Gene Demby, NPR "Code Switch": Is It Racist To Call Someone 'Racist'?

Twitter has suspended the accounts of some people associated with the alt-right movement who advocate white nationalism and who supported President-elect Donald Trump. CNN's Brian Stelter looks at how Twitter is trying to battle the mainstreaming of fringe opinions. (video)


Editor Out After Publishing Supremacist’s Address

"Michael Hirsh, an editor with Politico, has resigned from the company after publishing the home addresses of a white supremacist leader and encouraging people to go to his home," Dylan Byers reported Tuesday for CNN Money.


"Hirsh, who had been national editor of Politico Magazine, wrote a Facebook post on Tuesday that read, 'Stop whining about Richard B. Spencer, Nazi, and exercise your rights as decent Americans. Here are his two addresses. …'

"Spencer is a leader of the white nationalist movement and president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think-tank. He organized a conference of white supremacists last weekend in Washington, D.C., that drew national attention after a video showed people in attendance celebrating President-elect Donald Trump with Nazi salutes.


"In a statement, Politico editor-in-chief John Harris and editor Carrie Budoff Brown called Hirsh's post indefensible. . . ."

Zeba Blay, Huffington Post: Toni Morrison: Fear Of Losing White Privilege Led To Trump’s Election


Hadas Gold, Politico: Breitbart may need to reveal business structure to secure Capitol Hill press credentials

Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting: Hey Media, We Don’t Need Another Glossy Profile on That Nazi Dork


Eric Lichtblau, New York Times: George Soros Pledges $10 Million to Fight Hate Crimes

Gianluca Mezzofiore, Mashable: First-ever Republican Chief Technology Officer calls out white supremacy


Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post: D.C. restaurant apologizes after hosting alt-right dinner with ‘Sieg Heil salute’

American photojournalist Lynsey Addario, left, with International Press Freedom Awards honorees Óscar Martínez of El Salvador, Malini Subramaniam of India and Can Dündar of Turkey at the International Press Freedom Awards in New York on Tuesday. Photojournalist Mahmoud "Shawkan" Abou Zeid, also an honoree, has been jailed for 1,000 days in Egypt, his ongoing incarceration is considered unlawful by several lawyers and human rights defendants because the maximum pre-trial detention in Egyptian is two years. (Credit: Barbara Nitke/Committee to Protect Journalists)

International Journalists Alarmed by Trump

"CNN’s Christiane Amanpour has been to many fundraising dinners for the Committee to Protect Journalists, but none like Tuesday night’s gala," Michael Calderone reported Wednesday for the Huffington Post.


“ 'I never thought in a million years that I would be standing up here, after all the times I’ve participated in this ceremony, appealing, really, for the freedom and the safety of American journalists at home,' she said at the event.

"Others echoed her sentiment during a dinner honoring the brave work of journalists from Egypt (Mahmoud “Shawkan” Abou Zeid), India (Malini Subramaniam), El Salvador (Óscar Martínez) and Turkey (Can Dündar).


"Journalists in the U.S. don’t face nearly the intimidation and repression of those working in countries where freedom of the press isn’t enshrined in the Constitution. But President-elect Donald Trump’s attacks and restrictions on the press during the 2016 campaign, and his refusal to provide traditional levels of access during his presidential transition, have alarmed journalists who have identified potential threats at home. . . . "

At the gala, Amanpour received the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom.”


Reporters Without Borders: Peru- Radio presenter shot dead in mid-broadcast


Some Focus on Standing Rock This Thanksgiving

"Whether or not you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving, now is the perfect time to offer thanks and support for all Native people on the Standing Rock Reservation and their allies on the #NoDAPL frontlines who are working tirelessly to protect everyone’s access to clean drinking water and the wellbeing of the Earth," the Indian Country Today Media Network wrote on Wednesday.


"If you can’t make it to Standing Rock to help protect the water in person, the best thing you can do is to pray for the water protectors and to donate money to one of the many groups and organizations that are helping the effort in various capacities.

"The following is a list of reliable, trustworthy sources you can donate to with confidence. . . ."


Alleen Brown, the Intercept: Medics Describe How Police Sprayed Standing Rock Demonstrators With Tear Gas and Water Cannons

Leah Donnella, NPR "Code Switch": The Standing Rock Resistance Is Unprecedented (It's Also Centuries Old)


Leah Donnella, NPR "Code Switch": On Columbus Day, A Look At The Myth That 'All The Real Indians Died Off' (Oct. 10)

Editorial, New York Times: Power Imbalance at the Pipeline Protest

Caroline Grueskin, Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune: Protesters, police take stock after night-long conflict


Alli Joseph, Salon: Thanksgiving, a day of mourning for Native Americans

Julie M. Rodriguez, This Native American Tribe Wants to Block Trump’s Wall


5 of Color Named Fellows in Investigative Reporting

"Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a national nonprofit newsroom in the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced the recipients of the organization’s first-ever fellowship for journalists of color," the center said on Monday.


"The yearlong fellowship, made possible with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, stands to strengthen a field in which diversity of background and perspective is more crucial than in any other corner of media, and produce vital investigations on a wide variety of topics for the journalists’ home outlets and for Reveal.

"Following are the five Reveal Investigative Fellows, their news outlets and the questions their projects will seek to answer:

"Yoohyun Jung, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona — How did a small Tucson charter school rapidly become one of the biggest, most renowned school networks in the U.S.?


"Sierra Mannie, The Hechinger Report, Jackson, Mississippi — How is the Civil Rights Movement being taught in Mississippi schools? Is it part of mandatory curriculum?

"Collier Meyerson, Fusion, Brooklyn, New York — How do New York City social services agencies decide which children to remove from their families?


"Laura Morel, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa, Florida — What are the unknown repercussions of the proliferation of gun sales in Florida?

"Alain Stephens, KUT 90.5, Austin, Texas — Why do Texas police departments sell their used guns? Who ends up with that equipment? . . ." [Profiles of the fellows]


Meanwhile, the Boston Globe's investigative team, portrayed in the Academy Award-winning movie "Spotlight," is at peak size, Benjamin Mullin reported Wednesday for the Poynter Institute.

"Once, the team was down to three journalists. Now, after its merger with the metro investigative team, there are six full-time reporters, two 'guest' reporters from other areas in the newsroom and a full-time editor. After 'Spotlight' went on to commercial and critical success, production company Open Road Films put up money for a fellowship program that's brought two additional journalists into the fold. That brings the total team up to 10 reporters and an editor. . . ."


Globe Editor Brian McGrory did not respond to an emailed inquiry from Journal-isms about whether the team now includes journalists of color.

Amanda Ghazale Aziz, J-Source, Canadian Journalism Project: The effects of a less-than-diverse media workforce


Christina Beck, Christian Science Monitor: Microsoft ties executive bonuses to meeting diversity goals. Will it help?

Jillian D'Amours, Middle East Eye, Canada: Toronto reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-wearing news anchor


Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle: Why it matters that newsrooms are so white

Katie Peterson, Daily Princetonian, Princeton University: Q&A: Sandra Clark, Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue at WHYY


Will the "Spotlights" Shine in Many Colors? (Jan. 9)

Most Teens Don’t Know When News Is Fake

"Preteens and teens may appear dazzlingly fluent, flitting among social-media sites, uploading selfies and texting friends. But they’re often clueless about evaluating the accuracy and trustworthiness of what they find," Sue Shellenbarger reported Monday for the Wall Street Journal.


"Some 82% of middle-schoolers couldn’t distinguish between an ad labeled 'sponsored content' and a real news story on a website, according to a Stanford University study of 7,804 students from middle school through college.

"The study, set for release Tuesday, is the biggest so far on how teens evaluate information they find online. Many students judged the credibility of newsy tweets based on how much detail they contained or whether a large photo was attached, rather than on the source. . . ."


Michael Calderone, Nieman Reports: Journalists Need to Better Explain What Journalists Do … Including Me

Camila Domonoske, NPR: Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds


Petula Dvorak, Washington Post: Fake-news writers need to meet the real reporters who die trying to do their jobs

Rob Parker Leaving Detroit for Fox Sports’ FS1

Rob Parker

"Longtime journalist Rob Parker joins FS1 as a contributor to SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, bringing decades of sports media experience and an inimitable perspective to America’s fastest-growing daily studio show," Fox Sports announced on Tuesday.

The announcement also said, "Early in his career, Parker became the first African-American sports columnist at the Detroit Free Press in 1993 and New York’s Newsday in 1995. Parker has since written for a number of publications, including nearly a decade as a columnist at the Detroit News (2000-2008), and currently writes for The Shadow League.


"Parker has been a mainstay on Detroit sports television since 1994, when he became a contributor to WDIV’s 'Sports Final Edition.' He held that position until earlier this year, when he transitioned to his current role as the sports anchor for WXYZ/WMYD’s nightly 'Action News.' . . .”

Parker told Journal-isms that he is moving from Detroit to Los Angeles.

Short Takes

"A publicist connected with the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which last week held the 17th Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, asked journalists at the awards ceremony not to ask questions about politics — leading one reporter to speak out publicly against the request," Carolina A. Miranda reported Monday for the Los Angeles Times. "Gaby Natale, who was covering the show for the Dallas-based television program 'Super Latina,' which airs on the Vme network, says the request came as 'a shocker.' . . .” Earlier: Yara Simón on


"The emergence of Jeffrey A. Eisenach, a long-time Washington telecom policy insider and economist who favors free markets, as head of Donald Trump’s FCC transition team — and as a leading candidate for the agency’s chairmanship — has raised broadcast industry hopes that the agency will shift onto a more deregulatory course," Doug Halonen reported Monday for TVNewsCheck.

As the late Gwen Ifill "did throughout her career, reporters of color understand and embrace their unique role," Renée Graham wrote Sunday for the Boston Globe. "Faced with an incoming administration led by man who loves nothing more than threatening press freedoms and tweet-storming newspapers and individual reporters, racial stagnation in newsrooms not only hurts the media, but the citizens the media is designed to inform. Journalists of color may no longer be unicorns, but they are still too rare at a time when their voices will be needed most." Dorothy Gilliam appreciation.

Shiba Russell

"Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA is moving morning anchor Shiba Russell to evenings to replace Brenda Woods, who is retiring in February," Kevin Eck reported Tuesday for TVSpy.


"The name Very Smart Brothas probably doesn’t register with readers of mainstream newspapers and magazines," Lavanya Ramanathan wrote Monday for the Washington Post. "In a good month, the site may draw 2 million unique visitors. Compare that with BuzzFeed’s 71 million. She also wrote, "Since the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, amid growing tension over race and the rise of Black Lives Matter, over cries of 'reverse racism' and 'All Lives Matter,' Very Smart Brothas has emerged as a stream-of-consciousness sounding board, an expletive-laden fuse and an absurdist inside joke. . . ."

"Criminal recidivism is a big problem for most major cities in the U.S., but Philadelphia may have it worse than most," Ricardo Bilton wrote Friday for NiemanLab. He also wrote, "It’s a significant problem, but not one large enough that it can’t be alleviated — or so the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative hopes. Launched earlier this month, the 15-organization group is taking a close look at all the factors related to prison recidivism in Philadelphia — mental illness, housing, unemployment — albeit with a twist: It also wants to cover potential fixes well. . . ." Sabrina Vourvoulias is project editor of the collaborative.


Activist and CNN commentator Van Jones has a new web series for CNN, “The Messy Truth,” Jacob Bernstein reported Fridday for the New York Times in a profile headlined, "How Van Jones Became a Star of the 2016 Campaign." "It debuted in late October, and the first episodes featured Mr. Jones going to Gettysburg, Pa., where he spoke with empathy and open-mindedness to Trump supporters, who discuss their economic concerns and heartbreak over being branded as racists simply because they support Mr. Trump. Several thanked Mr. Jones at the end for really listening to them and asked him to pose for pictures. The symbolism of this black man surrounded by a phalanx of star-struck white Trump supporters was hard to miss. (A televised special of 'The Messy Truth' will air on CNN Dec. 6) . . ."

"The Citizen newspaper treats black journalists like disposable nappies, a protest in support of its suspended editor heard on Wednesday," Iavan Pijoos reported for South Africa's News24. "'They feel that black journalist should be treated like disposable nappies, nannies and garden boys,' Forum of Journalists for Transformation president and former Sunday Times journalist, Piet Rampedi, said. A handful of people representing the forum, the Communication Workers' Union, Patriotic Alliance, Black First Land First, Cosatu and other unions protested at the Citizen newspaper in support of the paper's suspended editor Steve Motale. . . ."

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