Articles about "Diversity"

Advice from journalists of color: ‘Don’t sacrifice who you are for where you want to go’


Buzzfeed writers Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton asked 20 writers of color for advice for their counterparts who are just beginning their careers in an article published today.

Mostly, the responses emphasized the importance of hard work and building a professional reputation marked by attention to deadlines, creative storytelling and persistence. Among the pieces of advice:

-Jenna Wortham, a technology reporter with the New York Times, said the best reputations are cemented by quality bylines.

“That is how you earn respect and get plucked for the best jobs — with bylines and pieces that can’t be ignored. And reputation matters more than anything; maintain credibility at all costs. Trust your gut, and be yourself. Don’t sacrifice who you are for where you want to go.”

-Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributor at The Nation magazine, wrote that hustle — writing and networking and being seen — is more important than talent, which is “a fluke.”

On Monday, broadcast journalism student Raecine Williams engaged in a similar conversation from the other end.… Read more


It’s time for women journalists to ‘banish bashfulness’ when it comes to pay

The next generation of leaders at The New York Times is “not going to have careers like mine,” Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan said at the National Press Club Monday night, where Poynter co-hosted an event called “Closing Journalism’s Gender Gap: A Forum on Women and Leadership.”

A lot of those people will come from digital, Ryan said. “They haven’t been swashbuckling reporters.”

Women made up 10 percent of the leadership at newspapers in 1982, a percentage that rose only to 19 percent in 2012, according to statistics Poynter’s Kelly McBride showed early on at the forum. But at social media firms, University of Denver data showed, women made up 55 percent of leadership.

The panel at “Closing Journalism’s Gender Gap”: From left, Rachel Smolkin, Susan Goldberg, Madhulika Sikka, Jill Geisler, Carolyn Ryan and Anders Gyllenhaal.

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Glen Taylor’s plans for Star Tribune, NPR’s new approach to diversity

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. AP hires robots: The news co-op will use automation technology from Automated Insights to produce more than 4,000 earnings-reports stories (it now produces about 300). No job cuts: “If anything, we are doubling down on the journalism we will do around earnings reports and business coverage,” AP’s Lou Ferrara says. (Poynter) || Related: “Can a robot-journalist win a Pulitzer Prize?” Laugh it up while you can, humans. (HuffPost)
  2. Glen Taylor plans to appoint his daughter to the Star Tribune’s board: Deal is “on the verge of closing.” He tells Curt Brown, “Most business guys are saying about the newspaper thing: ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it,’ and that’s why I’m doing it.” (The Star Tribune)
  3. NY1 will stop using the term “illegal immigrant”: “Instead, staff are encouraged to indicate that an individual is ‘here illegally,’ with ‘undocumented immigrant’ as a permissible fallback.” (Capital)
  4. Twitter says JAV can stay: During its broadcast of Jose Antonio Vargas‘ film “Documented” last night, CNN polled people with a tweet: “Do you think Jose should be deported?” 63 percent of people said he should stay.
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Poynter to host forum discussing leadership of women in media

The Poynter Institute announced Thursday that it will co-host a national forum focusing on the issues surrounding women in journalism and media leadership.

The forum, which will be held in partnership with the National Press Club Journalism Institute, will focus on the current conversation about newsroom culture as it pertains to women, which was invigorated by the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.… Read more

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The Riveter celebrates its second print issue with more longform journalism by women

Kaylen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz have spent the past year helping to change the ratio of women to men in longform journalism.

Today, they’re publishing the second print issue of The Riveter, the magazine they created last year to highlight longform and narrative journalism written by women.

“Our first print issue came out almost a year ago, and since then we’ve built up a dynamic staff of editors and big-picture thinkers who have helped us secure a reliable online voice,” Demkiewicz said via email. “In producing weekly online content, we have broadened our audience and are able to prove that we ebb and flow with the surrounding media and culture.”

Joanna Demkiewicz (left) and Kaylen Ralph.

As part of The Riveter’s growth, Demkiewicz and Ralph have added new departments to diversify the magazine’s content, including one called “Longform as Lifestyle” and another called “Bedstand.”

“One new department speaks to our mission to promote longform as a lifestyle element on par with music, fashion, beauty, health, etc.,” Demkiewicz said.… Read more


Chart shows how minority employment at newspapers has stalled


New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet is “part of a small minority at U.S. news outlets,” Monica Anderson writes for Pew. “[I]n newspaper newsrooms, the percentage of overall staffers and supervisors who are black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or multiracial has remained virtually unchanged in the past two decades.” Anderson uses data from the American Society of News Editors census to chart that stagnation:

The percentage of minority journalists in newspaper newsrooms edged up by a miserable .05 percentage points in 2012, even as absolute numbers fell by 300 positions. The decline counts as stagnation because minority journalists lost newspaper jobs at about the same rate as journalists overall.… Read more


Women journalists make 17% less than men


The median salary of women journalists is 83 percent of their male counterparts’ pay, Monica Anderson reports for Pew. That’s in line with the national pay gap: “the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that median hourly earnings for all women in 2012 amount to 84% of what a man makes,” Anderson writes. Anderson’s report draws on the most recent Indiana University survey of journalists.

Ken Auletta reported Thursday that ousted New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson made a $475,000 salary in her first year in the top job. That’s 85 percent of what Auletta reports her predecessor, Bill Keller, was making that year.

Anderson gathers other stats from the annual ASNE census: At newspapers, the percentage of women has “barely budged,” she writes, and the percentage of women in supervisory positions has gone up a whopping 1 percent since 1998.… Read more

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MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, left, Lawrence O'Donnell, center, and Chris Matthews take part in a panel discussion at the NBC Universal summer press tour, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

MSNBC apologizes for Cinco de Mayo segment

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In a statement on its website, MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” says the show on Monday “made sarcastic references to the way some Americans celebrate” Cinco de Mayo. “It was not our intention to be disrespectful and we sincerely apologize for the ill-advised references,” the statement says.

The National Association for Hispanic Journalists demanded MSNBC apologize for the video, which featured producer Louis Burgdorf in a sombrero guzzling tequila and shaking a maraca. The segment “clearly proves that diversity is lacking at the Way Too Early program,” NAHJ said.… Read more

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Study: Sun-Times has most bylines by women, NYT fewest

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Forty-six percent of bylines at the Chicago Sun-Times during the last three months of 2013 belonged to women, researchers at the Women’s Media Center found in its annual report on women’s representation in the media. That was the highest proportion of women writing among the newspapers the center studied.

The only predominantly digital publication with a higher percentage of women’s bylines was The Huffington Post, which was almost even during that period. But: “researchers were not able to distinguish [HuffPost's] paid contributors from non-paid contributors.”

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson told WMC: “During my tenure, half of the news masthead of the Times—traditionally the highest ranking editors—are women.” Abramson also said “she is concerned that comparatively few women apply for newsroom technology jobs,” the report says.… Read more

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Why journalism startups should look past traditional talent pools

The launch of Nate Silver’s new, ESPN-funded version of FiveThirtyEight is here, with its data-centric approach to journalism that could reinvent news for the digital age — or at least make it better. And while Silver’s brand of journalism may look different, the people producing it look at lot like the people producing “conventional” journalism: white men.

FiveThirtyEight isn’t the only exciting new journalism site with a predominantly white male staff. As Emily Bell pointed out in the Guardian, we’ve also got Vox and First Look Media, among several others.

“It’s impossible not to notice that in the Bitcoin rush to revolutionize journalism, the protagonists are almost exclusively – and increasingly – male and white,” Bell wrote.

Recent studies have shown that the percentages of minorities and women in newsrooms are significantly lower than in the general population and, alarmingly, that those numbers have remained largely unchanged over the last decade.… Read more