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The Atlantic’s Coates discusses his epic reparations cover story

BuzzFeed Deputy Editor in Chief Shani Hilton interviewed Coates on Tuesday morning

Ta-Nehisi Coates believes America owes reparations to African Americans. Not for slavery, though the problem stems from that. But from... More

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Refocusing on newsroom diversity

‘When it comes to diversity, it’s not only on the backburner—it’s not even in the kitchen,” Dori Maynard says

Robert C. Maynard--journalist, editor, newspaper publisher, and former owner of The Oakland Tribune--spent much of his career trying to improve... More

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Riptide’s white, male history of journalism

Excluding women and people of color may be an inattentional blindness problem

There's a concept in psychology called "inattentional blindness." In study after study, if people are focused on one task, they... More

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When a kiss is just a kiss — or barely even that

The truth behind that photo of Russian runners “protest” kissing

I was relieved to see this article from the Associated Press yesterday, which was carried in several outlets: "Russian Runners... More

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Coverage missteps on DOMA and Prop 8

When the Supreme Court issued two gay marriage-related decisions Wednesday, a rush to coverage meant a loss of precision

The most common errors I saw in the first day of stories about the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions were... More

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Gay marriage coverage mostly supportive

Though almost half of Americans oppose same-sex nuptials, coverage covers supporters 5-to-1, says a new Pew study

This likely won't come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the same-sex marriage battle as it rolls... More

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On covering same-sex marriage

Here are some takeaways from last week’s panel, moderated by the author

On Wednesday, CJR and the ACLU co-hosted a panel at Washington, DC's Newseum on how journalists can better cover same-sex... More

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More than just marriage

A guide to covering other issues that affect the LGBT community

There's been a diversity of gay news this month covered in the major media, from the rash of NYC hate... More

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Social minority issues in perspective

Recent stories that flesh out important topics

The media covers social minorities regularly in the daily churn of news. A lot of that coverage just skims the... More

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When only The Onion tells it like it is

Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna, and most “real” outlets keep overlooking it

The parody newspaper The Onion isn't a news organization, of course. But once in awhile, it tells a truth that... More

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How not to report on a transgender victim

Cemia Acoff identified as a woman in life and should have been in death, too

Sometime between the end of March and the end of April, an Ohio transgender woman was brutally murdered--she was stabbed... More

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Where is the media on ENDA?

An important bill that would protect gay workers from discrimination gets little media coverage

A bill that is crucial to the civil rights of the LGBT community was reintroduced in both houses of Congress... More

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In marathon explosion coverage, avoid premature accusations

It’s easy to assume the perpetrator is muslim, but that’s a harmful thing to do

We don't know yet who planted the Boston Marathon bombs. Maybe it was a crazy loner. Maybe it was someone... More

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Leave appearance out of it

Because she isn’t currently a candidate, Obama’s remarks didn’t necessarily hurt Kamala Harris. But if she had been running, a new study says that they would have hurt her

I wasn't planning to write about the dust-up after Obama called California's Kamala Harris the country's "best-looking attorney general." After... More

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Tidbits in the news

Quick takes on social minorities in the recent news cycle

It seems like every day in the news cycle there is a fascinating tidbit I'd like to cover in Minority... More

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Dismal Steubenville coverage

The media can, and must, do better when covering assaults

It isn't just CNN. Over the past few days, there has been a lot of anger directed at the cable... More

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More women are needed in investigative journalism

It’s time for the media to counteract institutional barriers to women’s entry in the field

In a recent blog post, Lyra McKee tells a story that took place at a feminist-run charity when she was... More

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Writing about powerful women

The media should stop treating Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer as though they represent their whole gender

Why do we in the media try to make some women standard bearers for all women? That's the problem, really,... More

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Is the Washington Post pro-gay?

If they are, it shouldn’t be at the expense of covering anti-gay individuals

Last week, The Washington Post asked itself an interesting question in a headline: "Is The Post Pro-Gay?" Meaning, does it... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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