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Minority Reports

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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

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Don’t posit ‘what women think’ without quoting any

Coverage of Ann Romney’s RNC speech said she connected with women, but no female voices in the stories verified the claim

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Immediately after Ann Romney’s speech... More

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Akin was wrong

And journalists should’ve said so from the get-go, rather than simply reporting his comment

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

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The media’s ‘happily ever after’

Why are women like Jennifer Aniston portrayed as sad and lonely if they aren’t married?

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Jennifer Aniston is one of... More

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The Olympics’s women coverage

It should be about female athletes’ achievements, but it’s often more focused on their chromosomes

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Gender issues were threaded throughout... More

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Coming out posthumously

Sally Ride and questions of how to memorialize semi-closeted public figures

In her column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. In the first obituaries about... More

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In Joe Willams’s firing, questions of race

Would the former Politico reporter have been dismissed for his comments if he were white?

In America, talk about race is complex and fraught with danger. It is easy for people of good will to... More

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Covering the ‘ex-gay’ movement

An influential organization changed its stance on reparative therapy. What will this mean for media coverage?

In her new column, Minority Reports, Jennifer Vanasco analyzes how the mainstream media covers social minorities. Recently Alan Chambers, president... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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