The Asian American Journalists Association has published important highlights from its recent meeting with KTVU.
AAJA leaders met last Friday with KTVU News Director Lee Rosenthal, Vice President & General Manager Tom Raponi, staff reporter Amber Lee, and Rosy Chu, director of community affairs and public service to discuss KTVU’s error. Earlier this month, the station incorrectly named the pilots of Asiana Flight 214. The names were offensive and caused AAJA and others to react.
AAJA’s Bobby Calvan explained what came of the meeting:
- Raponi suggested a quarterly meeting between AAJA and newsroom leaders to discuss ongoing coverage and diversity issues. We will set up the first session soon, with our San Francisco Bay Area Chapter taking the lead.
- Raponi also welcomed AAJA’s assistance in developing training, perhaps through a workshop or seminar, for KTVU’s newsroom. We will work with the station to help develop and conduct the necessary program.
- KTVU offered the SF Chapter use of its studios, logistical support and live streaming services to hold media access workshops, and Raponi said he would be pleased to participate.
- KTVU said it would work with AAJA to develop a pipeline of talented journalists who could add to the station’s diversity.
- KTVU offered to air public service announcements on our behalf if we are interested.
- The station would provide airtime on Rosy Chu’s weekly show “Bay Area People” to discuss diversity issues.
- AAJA invited Raponi and Rosenthal to attend our National Convention next month and to participate on the MediaWatch panel. We’re awaiting a reply. (more...)