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What I wish I had told Dori Maynard in our last conversation

Dori J. Maynard

Dori J. Maynard

The last time I saw Dori Maynard was in September at the American Society of Newspaper Editors-Associated Press Managing Editors summit in Chicago. We tended to meet at the alphabet soup of conferences that is the life of a minority journalist and media manager: NABJ, AAJA, NAHJ, SPJ, SABEW and on and on.

At ASNE-APME, as it’s known, I was speaking on a panel titled, “Creating a Culture of Innovation: How to Just Do It.” Dori approached me afterward and told me she was proud, that I’d come a long way from when she first met me at Unity ’94, the historic gathering of all four minority journalist groups in Atlanta. And then as happens when two journalists of color get together, we lamented how little real progress the industry had made, how pathetic the latest newsroom diversity figures were, and pondered what could be done to fix it. Read more

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SABEW, Selden Ring, SND winners announced as awards season heats up

Every spring the tempo of journalism awards increases until the Pulitzer Prizes are announced. This year, that Twitter-crushing event will take place on April 15.

• The Society of American Business Editors and Writers announced its awards Monday (here’s the full list). Bloomberg’s properties won 14 awards, including a breaking news award for Bloomberg News’ coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision (Bloomberg terminal users got the news 24 seconds before AP pushed it out). The New York Times won nine awards, including one for its “iEconomy” series. And The Huffington Post and CNBC had five awards each; Peter Goodman’s coverage of poverty in HuffPost was among the work honored.

• Alexandra Zayas of the Tampa Bay Times won the 2013 Selden Ring Award for her series investigating children’s homes in Florida. Read more

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