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Minority Reports

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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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Quotas get results

A chat with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on tapping sources more diverse than the usual pool of white dudes

Let's face it: The conversation about diversity in journalism is mostly boring hand-wringing. With each new byline count, it's easy... 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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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