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Do we still need a black media?

A vibrant black media and a more inclusive mainstream media should both be available to the public

At the end of January, I organized and moderated a panel at Temple University's School of Media and Communications called... 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

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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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From women’s page to style section

Women still need a place to have a voice in the absence of mainstream media equality

When the Washington Post decided, in January of 2013, to run a story about feminists' disputes over Michelle Obama's time... 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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Must-reads of 2012: Can women have it all?

Unclear, but not for lack of column inches

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Why Women Still Can't... 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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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