- ‘Alternative Business Models’ Under Consideration
- DACA Repeal Could Mean Journalist Deportations
- Reporter on Harvey Helps Deliver a Baby
- Omarosa’s Access to Trump Curtailed, Report Says
- Peter Bhatia Named Editor of Detroit Free Press
- 300 Readers Pledge Intolerance of Hate, Racism
- Philly Columnist Wants Rizzo Statue Gone
- Sheridan Broadcasting Cuts News, Sports Division
- N. Korea Gives 2 Journalists Death Penalty
- Short Takes
‘Alternative Business Models’ Under Consideration
Indian Country Today Media Network, the most comprehensive source of original reporting about Native Americans, “is taking a hiatus to consider alternative business models,” Publisher Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation announced on Monday.
“The last day for the staff was yesterday,” Chris Napolitano, the network’s creative director, told Journal-isms by telephone on Tuesday. But, he said, “nobody wants to stop working” and the dozen or so full-time staff members are staying in touch, expecting another iteration. Most work from their homes around the country. Napolitano, a non-Native, does so from Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Oneida Nation, based in upstate New York, prepared staff members for the Monday announcement, Napolitano said, arranging for severance and benefits. It plans to keep the website fresh until January.
The network began in 1981 as the Lakota Times, founded by veteran journalist Tim Giago. After he sold it in 1998 to the Oneida Nation, its name was changed to This Week From Indian Country Today. It launched in its current form six years ago, publishing IndianCountryMediaNetwork.com. In April, it debuted Indian Country magazine.
The site “provides a mixture of straight news stories and commentary by tribal members, and it is often a way for politicians to get their messages out to Native American communities,” Kristi Eaton reported in 2013 for the Associated Press. “President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner have all done interviews or written opinion pieces.”
However, Halbritter wrote Monday, “ICTMN has faced the same challenges that other media outlets have faced. It is no secret that with the rise of the Internet, traditional publishing outlets have faced unprecedented adversity. These economic headwinds have resulted in ICTMN operating at an enormous — and unsustainable — financial loss, and now have caused us to take a hiatus to explore new partnerships or economic strategies for ICTMN. . . .”
Suzanne Sobel, the managing director of Indian Country Today Media Network, said in 2013 that the website had 550,000 unique visitors. Its print magazine, which folded then, had a circulation of about 15,000, Eaton reported then.
The passion for the product among those readers “is undeniable,” Napolitano said. The network sends out about eight emails to them a week, reaching 50,000 at a time. But despite that enthusiasm, he said, projections were that it would be four years before the publications would break even. If they are sold, the Oneida Nation would transfer them to a Native tribe or entity, Napolitano said.
Halbritter wrote in his online announcement, “More than six years ago, the Oneida Indian Nation decided to develop Indian Country Today Media Network from its core property, the then-weekly newspaper Indian Country Today, with a singular goal in mind: We wanted to generate award-winning journalism that gives voice to Indigenous Peoples, wherever they lived, to the widest possible audience. That investment has succeeded beyond our expectations.
“Over the last few years, ICTMN has aggressively covered the critical issues facing Indian Country — and has done so in ways that have empowered Natives to tell our unique stories from our perspective.
“We reported extensively on challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act with a series of stories spanning several high-profile cases; produced human-interest stories and analysis of the latest studies regarding Intergenerational Trauma; corrected the historical record by presenting authentic, proven Native traditions about events and people, such as Pocahontas; celebrated the cultural achievements of Native artists, thinkers, actors and musicians; continued Indian Country Today’s groundbreaking coverage (now spanning decades) on murdered and missing Indigenous women; and worked tirelessly to report directly from the field in Standing Rock on the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“We conducted a Q&A with President Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign, and later published editorials by him.
“In these and so many other stories, ICTMN surfaced critical information and focused a spotlight on the debates and initiatives that affect Indian Country — but that are too often ignored or misrepresented by other media outlets. . . .”
The Native American Journalists Association said in a statement on Facebook, “As the Native American Journalists Association’s largest tribal media outlet, we hope Indian Country Today Media Network finds their footing again in this new media landscape. ICTMN will remain one of the most important publications to cover Native issues in the history of Native journalism.”
Mark Trahant, Trahant Reports: Native media can’t survive these days without deeper pockets (Aug. 29)
DACA Repeal Could Mean Journalist Deportations
Repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as President Trump announced Tuesday, could mean the deportation of up to a dozen California journalists, the California Chicano News Media Association said Sunday.
Trump “ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the program an ‘amnesty-first approach’ and urging Congress to replace it with legislation before it begins phasing out on March 5, 2018,” Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis reported for the New York Times.
Joseph Rodriguez, CCNMA president, said in his Sunday statement, “The program has afforded up to a dozen of our members, many of whom have called the United States home for most of their lives, the opportunity to becoming members of the Fourth Estate.
“They have been dedicated to fulfilling the promise of the Constitution’s First Amendment of free speech and have worked diligently in the pursuit of the truth for all Americans in their reporting.”
“Now, these young members of our association face deportation back to countries they have little knowledge of and, in some cases, no family support.
“Members affected range from reporters at the Los Angeles Times to graduating college students on the cusp on starting their careers. We care for all of them and their hopes and dreams of being Americans and journalists. . . .”
The Spanish-language television networks, Univision and Telemundo, each issued statements denouncing Sessions decision.
“Let’s be very clear — DREAMers are our students, soldiers, first responders, coworkers, neighbors, and friends,” Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc., said in a statement. “Here at UCI we will continue to stand by them, including those talented DREAMers working at our company to advance our mission of entertaining, informing, and empowering the Hispanic community and the rising American mainstream we serve. Their stories are unmistakably American. They deserve better than this.”
Falco called on Congress “to fix this mess before the United States experiences the estimated $280 to $460 billion reduction in economic growth from the loss of DREAMers in our workforce, as estimated by some studies. This is a call for Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact meaningful immigration reform that takes into account those who were brought here as children and are raising their hands to learn, to serve, and to work should be allowed to legally remain in the U.S.”
Telemundo, a unit of NBCUniversal, agreed. “In addition to the human impact of this decision, repealing DACA will result in the loss of thousands of jobs in the United States and billions of dollars in economic growth over the next decade,” it said in a statement. “We urge Congress to act swiftly to preserve the rights of these valuable members of our community. All of our elected representatives should be held accountable toward this end.”
Dean Obeidallah, CNN: Mr. President, DACA isn’t your reality show
Julia Preston, the Marshall Project: The Dreamers Won’t Go Quietly
Reporter on Harvey Helps Deliver a Baby
“During our Hurricane Harvey coverage, we’ve laughed, cried, and even helped deliver a baby,” Chauncy Glover reported Thursday for KTRK-TV in Houston.
“While ABC13 reporter Chauncy Glover was on a boat rescuing people from the high water, he got an assignment he never saw coming.
“A woman came up to them and said that her sister, Shae, was in labor and asked him to help.
“Chauncy held Shae’s hand while she gave birth to a baby boy. Shae was eventually taken to St. Joseph Women’s Medical Center, where Chauncy met them again Wednesday. . . .”
The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists spotlighted their members who, they said, did exemplary work in front of and outside of camera range. The Asian American Journalists Association announced it was raising money “to send meals to local Houston-area journalists who are working hard to deliver the news for their communities and the country.”
NABJ, for example, noted in a Saturday news release:
“Live on-air, Jasmine Styles with KFDM in Beaumont, Texas helped an 81-year-old woman prepare to evacuate her home;
“A CNN crew helped Aaron Mitchell locate his father and find a bus to Austin where they were reunited;
“KHOU reporter Brandi Smith stopped her televised interview to flag down a Harris County Sheriff’s Office truck towing a boat to assist a semi-truck driver trapped in a vehicle quickly flooding with water. . . .”
NAHJ called attention to a Business Insider story. “CNN broadcast live as correspondent Ed Lavandera put down his mic to help an elderly couple, their daughter, and their two dogs get into a rescue boat, after discovering the family in a flooded-out neighborhood that rescuers believed had already been evacuated,” Maxwell Tani reported Aug. 28 for businessinsider.com.
“Lavandera said his crew had been taking live shots from a nearby highway all day, and though they hoped to get into the neighborhood that was flooded out, they waited for hours as boats continued to ferry people out of the neighborhood in order to [stay] clear of the rescue efforts.
“The crew entered the neighborhood in a flat-bottom boat that was finished searching for people during the day, and while showing the neighborhood live on the network, they discovered the family, including an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s.
“Though CNN showed Lavandera helping pull an elderly man onto the boat, the CNN correspondent asked to cut the feed while he prepared to bring the woman on board.
“ ‘People who are being rescued from their homes don’t usually expect a full camera crew, much less a national camera crew,’ Lavandera said. . . .”
Not all of the journalists’ attention was appreciated.
“On Tuesday, ABC News’s Tom Llamas tweeted that he had witnessed ‘looting’ at a supermarket in Houston, and that he had informed police,” Pete Vernon reported Thursday for Columbia Journalism Review. “After sharp criticism from Twitter users, Llamas deleted and attempted to clarify his earlier message.
“The narrative that looting and other lawless behaviors run rampant in the midst of a humanitarian crisis is a pernicious one,” Vernon continued. “Though incidents of theft and crime occurred during events like Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, widespread myths about roving bands of murderous criminals in New Orleans fueled a perception unsupported by evidence that still persists today.
“A similar storyline has played out on a smaller scale in Houston, where unconfirmed reports have people shooting at the boats of civilian rescuers. None of those claims could be verified. In the context of a situation that has already resulted in at least 37 deaths, reporters should have better things to do than directing police toward people just trying to survive and feeding a narrative that encourages panic. . . .”
The aid offered by journalists took on added significance after President Trump, meeting with the Coast Guard on Saturday, said, “I hear the Coast Guard saved 11,000 people. Think of it, almost 11,000 people, by going into winds that the media would not go into. They will not go into those winds. Unless it’s a really good story in which case they will.”
Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” asked Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch, who wrote last week about the yeoman’s work done by journalists, to comment.
“You know, Brian, I think two things motivate him,” Bunch said on the show. “One is I think it’s just, for want of a better term, pathological with this president. I mean, I feel his hatred and his frustrations with the media and all presidents get frustrated with the media, but we’ve never seen anything like this with Trump.
“But the other thing is I think it’s very political. You know, we have a president — his approval rating is down to 34 percent and he’s desperately trying to hold his base together.
“And I talk to a lot of conservatives and so do you, and the one thing that really holds Donald Trump’s base, one third of the American people together is hatred of the media, contempt, you know?
“And he realizes that he’s dividing the country, but he’s unifying his base at the same time. It’s a political strategy to be sure. . . .”
Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg View: Hungry victims of Harvey have committed no crime (Aug. 30)
Jarvis DeBerry, nola.com | Times-Picayune: Wait, you mean we can’t blame Obama for Hurricane Katrina response?
Emil Guillermo, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Three Asian Americans on Harvey: A stranded evacuee, a Katrina survivor, and a Trump booster
Matthew Haag, New York Times: For 18 Hours, 3 Men in Houston Fought for Survival in Hurricane Harvey
Kristen Hare, Poynter Institute: How the Houston Chronicle is covering the city’s historic disaster
Robb Hays, Radio Television Digital News Association: Covering the storm itself is just the beginning
Katherine Krueger, splinternews.com: Look At This ABC News Journalist Being a . . . Narc in the Middle of a Hurricane
Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters: Trump attacking freedom of the press: U.N. rights boss
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: ‘Where was Obama during Katrina?’ Trick question
James Ragland, Dallas Morning News: Heroes embrace Houston, determined to get the city back on its feet after Harvey
Monica Rhor, Houston Chronicle: In Hurricane Harvey, I’m one of the ‘lucky’ ones
Janell Ross and Wesley Lowery, Washington Post: Looting rumors and fear of crime often exaggerated after natural disasters
Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times: What’s the difference between ‘looting’ and ‘finding’? 12 years after Katrina, Harvey sparks a new debate
Omarosa’s Access to Trump Curtailed, Report Says
Presidential adviser Omarosa Newman made news at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists last month when she became embroiled in a contretemps prompted in part by her status as one of the few African Americans with access to President Trump’s ear.
Now, according to Daily Beast reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, “Newly minted White House chief of staff John Kelly has sought to put a dent in the influence of one of President Donald Trump’s most famous advisers: Omarosa Manigault,” Newman’s maiden name.
“The former Apprentice co-star — who currently serves as the communications director for the Office of Public Liaison — has seen her direct access to the president limited since Kelly took the top White House job in late July, sources tell The Daily Beast,” Markay and Suebsaeng wrote Saturday.”In particular, Kelly has taken steps to prevent her and other senior staffers from getting unvetted news articles on the president’s Resolute desk — a key method for influencing the president’s thinking, and one that Manigualt used to rile up Trump about internal White House drama. . . .”
Peter Bhatia Named Editor of Detroit Free Press
“Peter Bhatia, a multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning editor who has led several large news organizations across the country, was named editor of the Detroit Free Press on Thursday,” the Free Press reported.
“Bhatia comes to Detroit from the Cincinnati Enquirer, where he was editor for the past two years and also served as regional editor for the USA TODAY Network’s Ohio Region.
“Bhatia has a wealth of journalism experience, including serving as the top editor of the Oregonian in Portland in 2010-14. Prior to joining the Enquirer, Bhatia was the director of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State’s Cronkite School of Journalism. . . .”
“Bhatia, 64, also was executive editor of the Fresno Bee, managing editor of the Sacramento Bee, editor of the York (Pa.) Dispatch and Sunday News, managing editor of the Dallas Times Herald, deputy managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner and a reporter and editor at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. He helped lead newsrooms that won nine Pulitzer Prizes, including the six in Portland. . . .”Bhatia, whose roots are in India, is among the highest-ranking Asian Americans in the news business and is a former president of the American Society of News Editors.
300 Readers Pledge Intolerance of Hate, Racism
“Two weeks ago, IndyStar’s Editorial Board asked Hoosiers to take a stand against hate,” Suzette Hackney wrote Friday for the Indianapolis Star. “We encouraged readers to take a pledge to no longer tolerate hate and racism in our city, state or nation. We sought action from individuals.
“Many of you signed the pledge and returned it, and nearly 300 people promised to take tangible measures to eradicate bigotry. Many were commitments of kindness that centered on the biblical golden rule to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
“Some pledged to deliver random acts of kindness to strangers daily or weekly. Others promised to post constructive comments on social media and news outlets’ websites. And many of you thought it would be beneficial to simply begin smiling and greeting strangers who don’t look like you.
“But overwhelmingly, Hoosiers decided that their stand would be to no longer be silent.
“No longer silent in the face of oppression. No longer silent in the face of racism. No longer silent in the face of cruelty and hate. No longer silent in the face of discrimination.
“I will speak up when people say negative things about minorities,” Carol Fasnacht, Avon
“We will show kindness, treat everyone equally and step in to defend those under attack,” the Phillips family, Indianapolis
“I will refuse to tolerate any sign of bigotry or racism from anyone,” Marcie Brewer, Rochester
“I will take issue with anyone who tells a joke about [ethnic] groups, religions or sexual persuasion,” Norma Bush, Indianapolis
“I will say something if I see discrimination,” Eliabeth Efroymson-Brooks, Indianapolis
“I will be nice to all I encounter and point out if someone is being intolerant (to the person),” Ella Hurrell, Indianapolis
“I will correct those that make racist remarks and call out leaders in our city/state/nation that make racist remarks or appear to support groups that exhibit hate,” Laura Kragness, Indianapolis
“I am heartened by these responses. They remind me of a quote from Angela Davis, notable author, professor and activist: ‘In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.’ . . .”
Jezzika Chung, Huffington Post: How Asian Immigrants Learn Anti-Blackness From White Culture, And How To Stop It (Aug. 24)
Philly Columnist Wants Rizzo Statue Gone
“Because he oversaw and maintained police brutality in the black and brown communities in which I grew up, the statue of Frank Rizzo must immediately be removed from the steps of the taxpayer-funded Municipal Services Building,” Solomon Jones wrote Aug. 22 for the Philadelphia Daily News.
“Not one more cent of my tax dollars maintaining it. Not one more moment of my property housing it. Not one more word from my city excusing it.
“The Frank Rizzo statue must be moved to private property, and it must be moved now.
“Frank Rizzo was both the symbol and the substance of a racist system upheld by law enforcement. His police force was used to maintain racial boundaries that kept blacks trapped in red-lined communities, locked into a segregated educational system, and mired in the ongoing morass of second-class citizenship.
“We’ve all heard the stories by now. But in an atmosphere where white supremacists denounce dissent as fake news, the truth is worth repeating. Under Rizzo’s direction and approval, Philadelphia police officers stripped Black Panthers naked in the street.
“They beat black children who were demonstrating for black history classes. They broke nightsticks over a black man’s head for running a stop sign.
“But those were just a few isolated incidents. In truth, Rizzo’s police department engaged in cruelty so pervasive, that by 1979, the U.S. Justice Department had filed a lawsuit against them, saying their unfettered use of brutality ‘shocks the conscience.’
“That’s what I remember. The feeling of shock that overcame me when I realized that Rizzo’s police weren’t there to protect brown people in Philadelphia’s poorest communities. The feeling that they could hurt us with impunity. The hopelessness of seeing the things they did. . . .”
Asked about the response, Jones told Journal-isms Monday by email, “I would say most in the black community agree with my stance, though some have expressed cynicism about whether we can achieve the removal of the statue. Some have said Rizzo was not the racist many thought him to be. I obviously disagree. The lunatic fringe has emailed me many times accusing me of being a racist, which is nonsense.
“But the most interesting response has come from the city, which has opted to protect the statue with physical barriers. Ironically, if Rizzo had taken that much care in protecting all people of all colors when he was alive, there would be no need for this discussion.”
Kamesh Aiyer, Boston Globe: Where are the Southern memorials to the blacks who fell? (letter)
Benjamin P. Campbell, Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch: Remove the real artifacts of the Confederacy
Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report: The Missing Black History At Some Civil War Memorials (audio)
Claudia Herrmann, Dallas Morning News: Germany didn’t remove monuments to horror, and we shouldn’t either
Yuliya Komska, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.: What to do with Confederate monuments: Seven lessons from Germany
Steven Newcomb, Indian Country Today Media Network: White Supremacy (‘Ascendancy’) Is the Basis of US Federal Indian Law
J.E.B. Stuart V, Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch: Confederate monuments can be a starting point of honest discussion
Michael W. Waters, Dallas Morning News: Why we can’t wait to tear down Confederate monuments
Tim Wright, Seattle Times: Removing Confederate memorial will not erase Seattle’s history of white supremacy
Sheridan Broadcasting Cuts News, Sports Division
“The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned exclusively late Tuesday, Aug. 29 that Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation has eliminated its News and Sports content division, causing roughly 10 employees to lose their jobs at its Downtown headquarters on Penn Ave.,” Rob Taylor Jr. reported that day for the Courier.
“ ‘ We weren’t able to generate the revenue we wanted,’ corporation COO and general counsel Ron Davenport Jr. told the Courier in an exclusive interview. The Courier reported in 2016 the dissolved business relationship between Sheridan and American Urban Radio Networks (AURN). The two companies, who had worked in tandem for years, went their separate ways — confirmed by CEO Ron Davenport Sr. in the May 2016 Courier story. Davenport Sr. later said, ‘Sheridan Broadcasting Network and Sheridan Broadcasting Company are fine, and are looking for new worlds to conquer.’
“But Ron Davenport Jr. told the Courier Aug. 29 that the revenue just wasn’t coming in. ‘It’s a little more difficult than selling cars or something,’ Davenport Jr. said about the art of selling national radio. ‘It’s a unique skillset, so we’ve been searching for some time and we have someone who has been working on our behalf and he’s just been unsuccessful, unfortunately, and we’re not able to continue.’
“Sheridan Broadcasting Networks had been providing news and sports broadcasts to 60 stations nationwide before the Aug. 29 announcement. Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation will continue to operate its Pittsburgh-based Sheridan Gospel Network, which currently airs on 30 stations nationwide, ownership of a radio station in Atlanta, and a new venture, tele-streaming, explained as a ‘simultaneous audio-visual stream of an over-the-air radio broadcast,’ according to Davenport Jr. . . . “
N. Korea Gives 2 Journalists Death Penalty
“A North Korean court sentenced two South Korean journalists and their publishers to death for ‘seriously insulting the dignity’ of the country by reviewing and interviewing the British authors of a book about life in the North, its state media said on Thursday, Jack Kim reported for Reuters.
“North Korea has previously issued harshly worded accusations against South Korean entities and individuals for allegedly violating its dignity, by slandering its leadership and its political system.
“The book in English titled ‘North Korea Confidential’ was authored by James Pearson, a Seoul-based correspondent for Reuters, and Daniel Tudor, former correspondent in South Korea for the Economist magazine.
“The book, based on interviews with North Korean defectors, diplomats and traders, depicts a growing market economy where ordinary North Koreans enjoy access to South Korea music and TV dramas, fashion and smuggled Chinese and American films. Pearson wrote the book, published in 2015, before joining Reuters. . . .” The South Korean journalists are Son Hyo-rim of the Dong-A Ilbo and Yang Ji-ho of the Chosun Ilbo.
NK News, “an independent, privately owned specialist information source that focuses on North Korea,” added, “Thursday’s statement is not the first time in recent months that a North Korean judicial body has sentenced a South Korean citizen to death in absentia. . . .”
The Boston Globe editorialized Sunday against “right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group’s bid to acquire Tribune Media’s 42 television stations.” It said, “Sinclair is already the largest owner of local television stations in the United States, and its proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune would turn it into a behemoth, with access to more than 70 percent of American households. An expansion of that size isn’t in the public interest, and federal regulators should move to block it. If they fail to act, state attorneys general should step up and attempt to stop the merger. . . .”
Three black journalists — Gayle King, Maurice DuBois and Vladimir Duthiers — co-anchored “CBS This Morning” on Friday.
“Four weeks before the Sept. 25 debut of Megyn Kelly Today — the 9 a.m. replacement for the venerable morning show’s third hour, Today’s Take— some NBC insiders are expressing doubts, and even worries, about the network news division’s plan to scrap a reliable long-running program in order to morph the former Fox News anchor and Donald Trump nemesis into an accessible, female-friendly personality for an ethnically diverse daytime viewership,” Lloyd Grove reported Wednesday for the Daily Beast. Grove also reported, “When she takes over Today’s third hour next month — a move, when it was announced in February, that resulted in the abrupt and indignant departure from NBC of popular anchor Tamron Hall, who now is planning to host her own daytime show produced by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein —Kelly will be fronting a franchise that has aired in various incarnations since May 2000. . . .”
Latino journalists are the focus of an extensive national study, “Evaluating Job Satisfaction of Latino Journalists in Multimedia Newsrooms,” that will “examine the satisfaction level, workplace conditions, and opportunities for career advancement of Latino/a journalists working in online, mainstream/legacy, and Latino-oriented news outlets,” the University of Texas at El Paso announced. The study is a collaboration between the Department of Communication and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
“Jennifer Marcial Ocasio has been promoted to Editor of El Sentinel after just six months with the Orlando Sentinel’s Spanish-language publication,” Veronica Villafañe reported Friday for her Media Moves site. “She joined the company as senior digital reporter in March. Marcial Ocasio previously spent five years as a digital reporter at Univision in Puerto Rico, where she launched and managed the station’s website, univisionpr.com. . . .”
“News that a suspected serial killer once said he wanted to ‘kill all white people’ is naturally going to get attention all over the world,” the Kansas City Star editorialized on Friday. “But it will get less notice than it should that 22-year-old Fredrick Demond Scott, who is suspected of fatally shooting five middle-aged white Kansas City men out of nowhere, had for years exhibited the symptoms of schizophrenia. . . .”
“A private memorial service for our dear friend and colleague Jim Vance has been announced,” WRC-TV in Washington, where the anchor worked, announced on Aug. 17. “The service celebrating his life will be on Sept. 12 at the Washington National Cathedral. NBC4 is making arrangements to show the service live for those who want to pay their respects. We will continue to provide updates on the details, and how members of the community might be able to attend, once they are finalized. Vance died on July 22. He spent 48 years at NBC4.”
Services for Dick Gregory, the activist and comedian who died Aug. 19 at 84, are scheduled for Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. at City of Praise Family Ministries, 8501 Jericho City Drive, Landover, MD 20785. For additional information: www.DickGregoryTribute.com; tribute by Betty Winston Baye
In Mexico, one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist, the “appetite to be a real reporter, the kind that goes into the field to chase down information, has diminished enormously. Especially for crime reporting,” said Marco Malpica, head of the communications department at Veracruz University,” according to Sofia Miselem, reporting Aug. 24 for Agence France-Presse. “ ‘Just 20 percent of his 200 students want to be actual journalists. ‘And most of those want to cover sports or finance or be TV anchors,” he said. The university’s 63-year-old journalism school has the oldest public program in Mexico, and has seen applications fall by 35 percent in the past five years. The country’s premier private journalism school, Carlos Septien Garcia, in Mexico City, has seen [enrollment] drop by nearly 32 percent in the past decade. It is the same trend at Latin America’s largest university, the National Autonomous University of Mexico. . . .”
“The mainstream media response to the disappearance of a group of teenagers from Burundi, who were in Washington, D.C. for a robotics competition, has once again revealed why covering the stories of missing Black people remains so complex,” Barrington Salmon wrote for the National Newspaper Publishers Association. “The team was in Washington for the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition. The students went missing in July.’ Salmon also wrote, “Although, the robotics team’s coach suggested that family members of the teenagers may have been complicit in their disappearance, the lack of sustained media coverage about the missing African teenagers mirrors mainstream media’s apathetic approach to stories about Black women and children who never make it home. . . .” Two of the six teenagers have been seen crossing the border into Canada, the Associated Press reported.
“Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who once were owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.,” Sean Murphy reported Thursday for the Associated Press. “U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Wednesday in a long-standing dispute between the Cherokee Freedmen and the second-largest tribe in the United States which claims more than 317,000 citizens. . . .” Among the Cherokee Freedman are journalists Sam Ford, reporter at WJLA-TV in Washington, and Kenneth J. Cooper, senior editor at WGBH News in Boston. Also: “Linking Arms, Marching Forward: Cherokee Nation Accepts Ruling on Freedmen”
“An educational initiative developed by a Kentucky public broadcaster is turning teens who have been suspended from school into TV producers,” Deanna Mudry reported Wednesday for current.org. “Students at The Academy at 11th Street in Bowling Green, Ky., are working with local station WKU Public Broadcasting this summer to produce episodes of the public affairs TV show Outlook. . . .”
“On Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, TV One will premiere the powerful original movie BOBBI KRISTINA, an honest and moving look at the young woman at the center of one of the most talked-about stories in recent years,” the TV One cable network announced on Wednesday. “Starring newcomer Joy Rovaris (Stuck in the Middle) in the title role, the film aims to restore what has been lost amidst the tabloid headlines: the real Bobbi Kristina Brown, a.k.a. ‘Krissy’ — the vibrant, talented and troubled only daughter of pop music royalty Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, who died too young, and whose memory has been overshadowed by the circumstances of her death. . . .”
“For the reporters and editors of The Cambodia Daily, Sunday was the end of an era as they prepared their final edition after 24 years in operation,” Richard C. Paddock reported Sunday for the New York Times. “The Daily was ordered by the government to close its doors by Monday over allegations that it had not paid millions of dollars in taxes. The newspaper will publish its last print edition on Monday morning. But rather than simply mourn their loss, The Daily’s reporters and editors scrambled through the night to cover the arrest of the opposition leader Kem Sokha on charges of treason. . . .”
In South Africa, “Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s last minute court bid to prevent the Sunday Independent newspaper from publishing a story alleging several extra-marital affairs failed on Saturday night,” Franny Rabkin reported for the Mail & Guardian. “The case came after very detailed questions — sent from Sunday Independent editor Steven Motale to Ramaphosa on August 31 – were leaked and widely circulated on social media. The leaked questions were asking him to respond to ‘dozens of emails … that link you to extramarital affairs with several young women’ . . . .”
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