Mistreating people of color

TUESDAY,  AUG. 25, 2020    (Vol. 2  No. 8)
(Reform Austin News)
UT’s Student Newspaper Accused of Mistreating People of Color
The quest for inclusion and attention to diversity that has swept the nation this summer has made its way to the University of Texas at Austin student newspaper in the form of criticism about the mistreatment of and lack of Black, indigenous and other people of color in the newsroom.
The Daily Texan’s Diversity and Inclusion Board recently took to Twitter to announce a list of action items its members want addressed by management at the 120-year-old newspaper, including more funding for minority lead organizations, inclusion in hiring and decision-making, and proper representation of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and students with disabilities in published stories.
“Sources in stories published by the Texan have repeatedly been misrepresented and harmed, such as describing students as ‘suffering from’ disabilities, incorrectly stating someone’s citizenship status, or LGBTQ students being outed in photographs and stories without their consent,” the board’s statement reads.
(Poynter Institute)
Going through boxes of keepsakes recently, I found a copy of Changing Times, a newspaper that I helped produce as part of the 1992 University of Massachusetts at Boston summer Urban Journalism Workshop.
The centerfold features 15 of us, high school minority students from across Massachusetts. We called ourselves “The Future of New England journalism.”
Here’s the thing: Journalism has always had the best of intentions. But intent does not equal change.
If you want to build a newsroom that supports and keeps journalists of color and their allies, you can’t do it with programs and committees alone. You also can’t rely solely on the ambition of people of color to find a way into the hiring pipeline. I knew I wanted to be a journalist and followed that path. But plenty of journalists never responded to my request for guidance when I was an eager student.
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(Reynolds Journalism Institute)
When I proposed my hands-on diversity training program for newsrooms, I thought getting media partners on board would be the biggest challenge. I have been pleasantly surprised at the interest and willingness to participate, but overwhelmed by the need for this project which is in even greater demand because of this seminal moment.
  • Some of the challenges:
  • Integrating diverse sources
  • Reacting instead of reporting
  • “Diverse” but not different
  • Getting past the gatekeepers
  • Convincing new sources
  • Where we go next
(Facebook via Juan Gonzales)
Tune in to hear from El Tecolote’s Founder, Juan Gonzales, as we celebrate their historic 50th Anniversary Celebration honoring five decades of community bilingual journalism!
El Tecolote began as a project in a La Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University on August 24, 1970. Professor Juan Gonzales created the class as a way to channel more Latinos into journalism. At that time Latinos and other people of color were virtually invisible in the major newsrooms.

STUDENT POSTS (see more here)

High School
(Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) HS)
SUHSD rehires 77 laid off employees
Community College
(Cal Poly Pomona)
Zoom University or opt out
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Look for more links to student stories at the Online Elsewhere Facebook page. Trying something new with your program? Something interesting happen? Let me know at richcamron@gmail.com (cameron without the “e”). 
Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron

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