Articles about "Race reporting"


Herman Cain in 2011 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In conversations about race and media, Twitter’s limitations show

It may have been the the oddest 90 minutes of my media-watching life courtesy of Twitter, where hot-button issues such as race, prejudice and media can quickly turn toxic in 140-character bursts.

The first real sign of trouble came on Tuesday evening from Tim Graham, an official at the conservative watchdog group Media Research Center and Newsbusters.org. Though we don’t agree on much politically, he is one of the few conservatives willing to have regular conversations with me about media, so I was a little surprised to see this note from him on news that former Democratic political operative Karen Finney would host a weekend show for MSNBC.:

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Photographer, trooper from Klan rally image meet

Athens Banner-Herald | Gainesville Times
Former Georgia state trooper Allen Campbell met Tuesday with Todd Robertson, who photographed a child in a Ku Klux Klan robe looking at Campbell two decades ago.

Photo courtesy Lee Shearer/Athens Banner-Herald


“The State Patrol made me be there. His momma and daddy made him be there,” Campbell tells the Athens Banner-Herald's Lee Shearer. Campbell remembered being "ticked off" about being at the rally, but less because of its racial implications than when it occurred. (more...)
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How KKK rally image found new life 20 years after it was published

Buried on Page B1, alongside the hum-drum headline “KKK march calm,” a powerful image of race relations in the southern United States was nearly lost. In fact, it almost wasn’t published at all.

And in the 20 years since, this … Read more

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ‘Police Beat’ column identifies suspects by race

Arkansas Times
Managing editor Frank Fellone says the paper has used race in the column "for years and years," and that the newsroom standard is "to use all available information provided by the police." The Democrat-Gazette's policy is "at odds with the conventions of many other news outlets, which avoid racial or ethnic identifiers unless they're important or, in some cases, if victims provide detailed descriptions," writes Lindsey Millar of the Arkansas Times. When asked if he had a sense that his paper's standard for using racial information in crime reports was unconventional compared to other newsrooms, Fellone told Millar: "I don't know."
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Chicago Tribune readers question failure to mention race in attacks

Chicago Tribune | Chicago Now
Chicago's recent downtown "flash mob" attacks have made the front-pages and led local TV newscasts, but Mary Schmich points out that what "you haven't read in the Tribune or seen explicitly stated by most of the official media [is that] the young men were black." She quotes a reader:
I can't imagine that if a gang of white teenagers went to the South Side of Chicago and began attacking African-Americans including a 68-year-old that the race card would be left out of your coverage. ... I see a media double standard here.
Schmich's view:
I'm ambivalent about the omission of the attackers' race in the news accounts, but I think I would have decided to leave it out too.

As an editor pointed out when I asked about it, the crimes don't appear to be racially motivated. There's no sign the criminals picked victims because they were of a certain race. They picked them because they had certain stuff.

Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Dennis Byrne wants the media to identify the race of the aggressors and victims. "It is information that we all need to help understand and solve the problem. It's a symptom of a hurt crying for a cure," he writes.
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Chat Replay: How Can Journalists Draw Line Between Political Incorrectness & Bigotry?

Juan Williams’ departure from NPR raises an important question about where, and how, to draw the line between political incorrectness and bigotry.

Williams, a longtime news analyst for NPR, was released from his contract for comments he made on “The Read more

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Study Finds 20 Percent of Sexually Active Gay, Bisexual Men Have AIDS

A new Kaiser Family Foundation study found that 20 percent, or one in five, gay men who are sexually active have HIV. Forty four percent of those who tested positive said they did not know they had the virus. … Read more

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Black Farmers Have Yet to See Money from $1.25 Billion Settlement

In 1997, the U.S. Department of Agriculture settled a federal discrimination case filed by black farmers. The government had promised $1.25 billion to be paid out in sums of up to $50,000 for qualified farmers, but the Senate has since … Read more

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Bloggers Just As Squeamish Covering Race as Traditional Media

Well before the NAACP publicly called out the tea party last week for having racist elements in its ranks, questions about the racial attitudes of tea party supporters had been popping up in news stories, broadcasts and online forums. But … Read more

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Use Authentic Experiences, not Formulas, to Talk about Race

Watching and reading news reports about race in America is a depressing endeavor. Just this week, race has dominated the headlines, from racism in the ranks of the tea party to USDA’s Shirley Sherrod being dragged through the mud based … Read more

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