Keith Woods

The Dean of Faculty, Keith teaches reporting on race relations, editing, persuasive writing, ethics and diversity. He's a former reporter, city editor, editorial writer and columnist at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La.


What Does the Future of Diversity Look Like?

Whither goes diversity in the age of layoffs?

Even in this season of conventions featuring journalists of color, the question seems overshadowed by the rising ranks of the unemployed. People who have spent decades advocating for justice, fairness and accuracy … Read more

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Rocky Ends Publication Today After Nearly 150 Years, Poynter Offers Assistance

The Rocky Mountain News gave the people of Denver nearly 150 years of storytelling. The journalists gave the newspaper four Pulitzer Prizes. The last of those major awards, in 2006, was for feature writing and photography in “Final SaluteRead more

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Reaction to NY Post Cartoon Signals Americans on Alert for Signs of Racism

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The folks at the New York Post are sure making it hard to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Their apology for all the anger and resentment that flowed from Sean Delonas’ recent cartooning catastrophe might be summed up … Read more

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If Obama Wins, Race Has Its Place in Coverage

If Sen. Barack Obama is elected president, there’s little doubt that the historic nature of his victory will belong in the lead of any story. But it would be hard to argue –- given his record-obliterating fundraising, the vast diversity … Read more

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How Change Looks in America

Back in March of 2007, I was sitting on my bedroom floor making robots out of Legos with my 6-year-old when Barack Obama took the podium at the Brown Chapel AME church in Selma, Ala. It was a significant … Read more

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New Orleans: Largely Absent from Political Talk

The confluence of anniversaries and events seems beyond earthly explanations, doesn’t it? Sen. Barack Obama speaks of his monumental first on the same day that, 45 years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said the words, “I have a dream.”Read more

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Campaigning for Better Coverage of Race in the Presidential Election

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The Messy Truth of Race, Rape & Class

By Keith Woods

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“Beyond Rape: One Survivor’s Story,” by Joanna Connors, The Plain Dealer

“Telling Our Own Stories, Becoming Better Journalists,” by Mallary Tenore, The Poynter Institute

In her remarkable story, “Beyond Rape: A Survivor’s Journey” Joanna Connors, a … Read more

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News Flash: Not All Black Voters Think the Same

By Keith Woods

I appeared the other day on a segment of the NewsHour with the University of Pennsylvania’s Kathleen Hall Jamieson and The Wall Street Journal‘s Gerald Seib to talk about how race is being handled in coverage … Read more

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Forty Years Later: Is Race Still in Vogue?

By Keith Woods

It’s hard not to see the symbolism and irony of the moment. An explosion of stories about racism and race relations, then this anniversary. It’s been 40 years since Martin Luther King Jr. went to Memphis to … Read more

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