What you love can differ, but the love, once it comes, that feeling of waking up with a kind of eagerness, a crazy momentum that pushes you into your day, an excitement you realize you don’t ever want to go way… that’s important.
If you don’t have that feeling, maybe you’re lucky. You can lead a more sane life. But if you do – I say congratulations. You have what it takes to begin.
“The most profound betrayal of feminist issues has been the lack of mass-based feminist protest challenging the government’s assault on single mothers and the dismantling of the welfare system. Privileged women, many of whom call themselves feminists, have simply turned away from the “feminization of poverty.””—bell hooks (via wretchedoftheearth)
The 2010 Census reported that 63.7 percent of America is white; 12.6 percent is black; 16.3 percent is Hispanic or Latino and 4.8 percent is Asian. Sixty-four percent of America is white, 36 percent is not. However, The Radio Television Digital News Association reports that, as of 2011, 79.5 percent of all TV News jobs are held by white Americans, while 20.5 percent are held by minorities of any kind — an under-representation of minority Americans by a factor of nearly 2. Not great, but not awful either. However, 92.5 percent of all Television General Managers and 96.6 percent of Network TV Affiliate GMs are white, while only 7.5 percent of all TV GMs and 3.4 percent of Local TV Affiliates are another race. That is an under-representation of minority Americans by a factor of 5 on a national scale and a factor of 11 on a local scale. minority representation in the Newspaper business is similarly tilted. According to The American Society of News Editors, only 12.79 percent of all newspaper jobs are held by someone who is not white, with only 11 percent of Supervisor jobs held by non white Americans.
While it is great that black, Hispanic and Asian Americans are getting more jobs as reporters, photographers, camera operators and art directors, it is not the rank and file who determine which stories are covered and what America deems as “newsworthy.” These decisions are made at the Editorial and Director levels, where representation of the “minority” point of view is stunningly far behind that of the population they serve.
As Brian Stelter wrote in the New York Times, it took nearly a month for the killing of Trayvon Martin to become national news; and that only happened after his family — and thousands of online activists — repeatedly demanded attention for his story and secured the release of the 911 recording from the night of his shooting. In fact, as Brooke Gladstone reported on On The Media and Kelly McBride wrote about on Poynter, if not for several black journalists, including Trymaine Lee of the Huffington Post, Ta-Nehisi Coats of the Atlantic, Charles M. Blow of the New York Times, and Reverend Al Sharpton of MSNBC, it is doubtful anyone would know who Trayvon Martin is and was.
Please, PLEASE, don’t get me wrong — I am not saying there is overt or purposeful bias in America’s Newsrooms. I do submit, though, that the stunning under-representation of minorities at the TOP of our national and local news organizations creates an institutional lack of empathy for minority victims of violent crime. How else to explain the blanket coverage given every missing white girl in America, while it takes a month and a movement to get similar attention for the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, within eyeshot of his father’s house?
FJP: Unfortunately, lack of newsroom diversity has been an ugly stain on American journalism for as long was we can remember.
Most journalists agree that Twitter is inherently public, and anything said on Twitter is generally fair game to be reported upon. This is evident with the rise in popularity of tools like Storify, which allows reporters to aggregate public tweets around a breaking news event or other story.
Public tweets seem to be fair game. That’s the point of Twitter, after all. Anything shared privately should require asking the person to go on record.
One professor, however, worries about the risk of bad journalism from pulling tweets out of context. Jacqui Banaszynski, a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri and editing fellow at Poynter, says:
If I’m going to quote someone, the smart journalistic thing to do is to be in touch with that person beyond what you pulled off that site. Journalists should let people know when they’re performing journalism. I also think that pulling something off a site without contacting [a] person further doesn’t allow the journalist to do deeper reporting or put the comment in context. It’s very easy to take just 140 characters out of context – and that’s bad journalism.
Facebook is a bit more tricky. Because its privacy options are so complicated, users don’t always realize their profile or comments are public. Banaszynski thinks:
If it’s a public fan page, I have no problem looking at that and pulling from that. But if it’s a post between friends, I would hope a good journalist would contact the person, verify their identity and let them know they are using that info.
Until standards are set across the industry, Poynter suggests considering the following questions when deciding what’s fair game to publish:
What was the author’s intent? If shared in a closed group or personal profile, was it intended to be kept private?
How did the source respond when you asked about including the information in a story?
Is the author a public figure? How public? There is a difference between a school principal and a professional athlete.
What harm could come to the individual if the information is made public? Is that harm justified by the public benefit of the information?
What alternatives do you have for getting similar information?
When POC characters are turned white:this isin't about race, if you think it is then you're the racist one, lets just enjoy the book/film as it is, this is about the character's personality god you're so sensitive, the new skin tone actually fits the character's personality IMO, I never imagined them as POC anyway, not all whitewashing is racist god get over it!!111
When white characters are turned into POC:omg how could they!?!?!? this is soooo racist and unfair! why cant they present that white character as WHITE, how dare they change the original skin color to suit their own terms! this is reverse racism!! this is about race! I NEVER imaged that white character to be a POC that is so weird, it doesn't fit, this is political correctness gone crazy!!
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