The president told David Simon, the show’s creator, that the series helped humanize men and women charged with nonviolent drug crimes by telling their stories, which oftentimes get lost on local news broadcasts.
According to an analysis conducted by Media Matters for America and ColorOfChange.org, 75 percent of the crimes that New York City reporters cover on the air involve black suspects. Meanwhile, only 51 percent of crimes in the city involve black suspects.
A lesson learned from the January Supreme Court ruling in favor of whistleblower Robert MacLean is that federal agencies can’t pass regulations that make them immune to having their secrets shared with news agencies.
The Federal Communications Commission’s recent vote may have satisfied a years-long desire by public-interest advocates, Democrats and others to strengthen government oversight of the Internet, but some say the fight is far from over.
Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, which advocates for more diversity in newsrooms and media coverage, died of lung cancer Tuesday at her West Oakland, Calif., home.