“The whole point of the piece—once you read past the first 140 characters—is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype,” television critic Alessandra Stanley said, according to a Times spokeswoman.
According to a new survey, African Americans and Hispanics turn to their smartphones and other digital gadgets to get their news just as much as other Americans do, yet they give new media low grades for its coverage of their communities.
The Online News Association held its annual conference to discuss trends in journalism last weekend. For many in the news business the group represents the future of the industry, so it’s particularly noteworthy that 35 percent of the presenters were people of color, and half were women.
Dean Baquet, the Times’ first African-American executive editor, says the writer of the controversial piece was trying to make a profound point that was misinterpreted by many readers. Either way, Baquet wants to diversify the paper’s team of 20 cultural critics, which has no black writers.
The paper’s culture editor and public editor have both expressed disapproval over the “angry black woman” article that went viral last week, with the public editor lamenting regarding the staff, “With 20 critics, not one is black and only two are persons of color.”
In a recent lawsuit, Tatsha Robertson, a black former senior editor at People magazine, says not only did her boss discriminate against her, but the publication is biased against African-Americans in general.
It appeared to be “business as usual” at the Asian American Journalists convention in Washington, D.C., as the nation followed the aftermath of the police shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
At the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention, Charles Ericksen said the award was “kind of a farce,” given that fewer Latino journalists were working, but the group’s president cited FoxNewsLatino.com as an example of how the network is embracing Latinos.