There’s continued talk about how we refer to members of certain races and ethnicity in the news. But I’m here to say that it doesn’t matter what journalists call black people if they continue to tell the same types of stories about “them.” Continue reading
I’m still trying to figure this out, so if you have ideas for answers, please let me know.
I am interested in how news media use color to depict crime. Continue reading
Letters to the editor are always interesting – too often overlooked. Today, though, there is a most-interesting take in the letters to the editor of the Iowa City Press-Citizen which focuses on journalistic practice.
The letter comes from two City High School students who suggested that Press-Citizen reporters (here is the story) failed to meet journalistic standards in the coverage of a “brawl” during prom night. The students suggest that the reporters failed to verify information (a traditional journalistic value and practice) by not contacting school officials and students to understand what the incident really was. Continue reading
In the stories included in the 2011 Pulitzer Prizes that were announced today, we see an interesting celebration of local journalism that is supposed to have revealed the “silent voices” that influence urban crime. The stories and multimedia produced by journalists in the Chicago Sun-Times were similar to what we see from any kind of news reporting on crime — stories of daring cops, violent minorities, and urban environments that somehow breed violence. Continue reading