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Behind AP’s new ‘husband, wife’ guideline

It’s an attempt to fix a perceived slight to married gay couples

The Associated Press did the right thing on Thursday. After a week in which gay reporters, LGBT blogs, gay advocacy... More

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AP’s first usage guidelines on ‘husband, wife’

The new entry comes in response to anger over a memo to avoid the words to describe gay couples

Last week, Jim Romenesko published an internal memo from the Associated Press about how to refer to gay and lesbian... More

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A good feting for The Feminine Mystique

But the media should be this evenhanded about feminism all the time

It's long been interesting to me that many writers talk about feminism as having failed, or as no longer mattering,... More

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Koch’s closet

Exploring the former mayor’s legacy must include how his sexual orientation perhaps affected his policies

Ed Koch drew a curtain around his sexual orientation during his life, but after his death, gay writers in the... More

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Context is crucial covering the Boy Scouts

Mentions of pedophilia fears in stories about potential gay scout leaders should be accompanied by information debunking them

One of the most pernicious stereotypes about gay men is that any one of them might be a pedophile. As... More

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Inaugural diversity

When the media employs the term, what does it mean?

On Inauguration Day, Americans of all kinds looked for reflections of themselves in the festivities. Did social minorities find one?... More

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Time to shatter the ‘glass closet’

It is our job as journalists to treat gay and lesbian celebrities like straight ones

Jodie Foster's speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday was rambling, puzzling, oblique --... More

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The president’s lady problem

News outlets were right to report on Obama’s track record of hiring women, but that’s not the only type of diversity to keep in mind

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Maybe Obama needs to borrow... More

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Loaded language of gay marriage

Reporters need to be mindful of using loaded terminology

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. At the intersection of gay... More

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Rhonda Lee shouldn’t have been fired

Responding to racist comments on her former TV station’s Facebook page was the right journalistic decision

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Social media causes a... More

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Don’t let Belcher off the hook

Coverage of the murder-suicide shouldn’t have called it a “tragedy”; it was a crime

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. After NFL player Jovan Belcher... More

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Gay at the Times

A lot has changed at the Gray Lady since the early ’90s

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. It turns out that the... More

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Five awesome blogs about minority communities

These sites do a good job giving a sense of their group’s culture or politics, or pointing out media stereotypes

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. One of the tough things... More

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The media’s woman blaming

Most coverage wrongly blames Paula Broadwell for leading Gen. David Petraeus astray

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Frank Bruni gets it.... More

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Historic votes, hidden from live coverage

The four gay marriage votes in last week’s election were hard to follow in real-time

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Do you know what was... More

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Jenny McCarthy as a Sun-Times columnist?

Science writers are skeptical, though McCarthy won’t promote a fake link between vaccines and autism there

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. The Chicago Sun-Times created controversy... More

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Covering the candidates on women

As Obama and Romney try to secure the female vote, reporting quality varies

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. During the second Presidential debate... More

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Covering BSA’s anti-gay stance

In the most recent incident, quality of media coverage drastically differed

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Every few months, a story... More

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More coverage of US Muslims is needed

It’s up to journalists to provide the antidote to fear and ignorance, which is facts

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. This week, Americans commemorated September... More

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LGBT coverage worth a shout-out

The mainstream media much improved its coverage in recent years

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Every week in Minority Reports,... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

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