ASNE, in Reversal, Releases Newsroom-by-Newsroom Diversity Figures

A “need for transparency” carries the day.

David Boardman, president of the ASNE  Foundation; new President Mizell Stewart III; new Vice President Alfredo Carbajal; and outgoing board member Charlotte Hall at a board meeting in September 2016 of the American Society of News Editors
David Boardman, president of the ASNE Foundation; new President Mizell Stewart III; new Vice President Alfredo Carbajal; and outgoing board member Charlotte Hall at a board meeting in September 2016 of the American Society of News Editors American Society of News Editors

The American Society of News Editors reversed itself Tuesday and released diversity figures on individual U.S. newsrooms, concluding that “the need for transparency outweighed a good-faith effort to improve response rates on the annual survey,” new ASNE President Mizell Stewart III, vice president for news operations at Gannett and the USA Today Network, said in a statement.

“The ASNE survey is seen in the industry as an important tool to measure newsroom diversity. Its value is diminished without highlighting progress, or recognizing the lack thereof, at the individual newsroom level,” he added.

Countering a practice dating at least to 1997, ASNE released its annual Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey on Sept. 9 without the figures for individual newsrooms, “an attempt to improve response rates after a small number of respondents requested that their data not be disclosed as a condition of completing the survey,” Tuesday’s news release said.

At an ASNE board meeting Sept. 14 at the close of its News Leadership Conference, held with the Associated Press Managing Editors, editors said some news organizations were embarrassed by their numbers. This columnist, in a new role as member of the ASNE Diversity Committee, was permitted to attend the meeting but agreed not to report on the discussion until it was determined whether reversing the decision was feasible.

Stewart told Journal-isms by email on Tuesday that fewer than 20 news organizations asked not to have their figures released and that ASNE would honor their requests. However, the association is releasing the figures for 733 others.

In their first board meeting with Stewart as president and Alfredo Carbajal, managing editor of the Dallas Morning News’ Spanish-language newspaper Al Día, as vice president, editors gave varying reasons why some of their colleagues had not responded or had embarrassingly low figures. Some said editors were not allowed to hire because of budget constraints and were victimized by previous top editors’ inaction on diversity. “A lot of it could be what they inherited,” said Nancy Barnes, editor of the Houston Chronicle.

However, others said ASNE would look hypocritical if it demanded transparency from news sources and did not release its own figures. Peter Bhatia, editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer and a past ASNE president, said he had been “fighting this fight for ASNE for 30 years. Diversity has fallen off the front burner. It’s up to ASNE to bring it back,” Bhatia said.

Seeing progress by some news organizations, such as the Sacramento Bee under former editor Rick Rodriguez, can be inspiring. “There are places that have made a profound difference” and should be publicized, Bhatia said.

While ASNE has no power to enforce initiatives among its members, it can offer guidance and assistance and create programs such as its Emerging Leadership Institute, designed to train newsroom leaders.


Herbert Lowe, a past president of the National Association of Black Journalists who attended the ASNE board meeting, said “the issue is retention.” George Stanley, editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, urged “an education program showing there are opportunities in journalism.”

In 1978, ASNE set a goal of achieving parity in newsrooms with the percentage of people of color in the general population by 2000. Twenty years, later, the goal was changed to 2025.

“Minority journalists comprised 17 percent of the workforce in newsrooms that responded to this year’s ASNE Diversity Survey,” the Sept. 9 announcement said.

Accompanying tables showed whites to be 83.06 percent of the newsroom workforce; blacks, 5.33 percent; Hispanics, 5.44 percent; American Indians, 0.39 percent; Asians, 4.25 percent; Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, 0.14 percent; and others, 1.38 percent.

In 2010, Hispanics or Latinos were 16.3 percent of the U.S. population; blacks or African Americans were 12.6 percent; Asians 4.8 percent; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders 0.2 percent; and Native Americans or Alaska Natives 0.9 percent. The census counted 6.2 percent as “some other race” and 2.9 percent as two or more races. [Added Sept. 20]

Terror Again Puts U.S. Muslims on Defensive


In Minnesota, Somali-American community leaders stress that an attack on nine people in St. Cloud was perpetrated by a single individual and say he does not represent the Somali-American or Muslim community. They expressed support for the victims. (St. Cloud Times video)

Yesterday morning, as bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was shot and arrested after exchanging gunfire and wounding two Linden police officers, Imam Aljaaber Jaaber held a funeral for Al-Yasin Anthony, 20,” Mark Di Ionno wrote Monday for the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. “He was shot and killed on an Elizabeth Street three days ago in an incident that had nothing to with anything except the violence that plagues our cities. Another American story.

“As the mourners departed the mosque for Anthony’s burial, media trucks were parked a mile away, with cameras zooming in on the blue and white awning of First American Fried Chicken. That’s the take-out joint owned by Rahami’s family, which immigrated from Afghanistan. Mayor Christian Bollwage stood there, in front of reporters on Elmora Avenue, detailing what he knew about longstanding tensions between the family and the city over late-night noise complaints.

” ‘ It was strictly about neighbors calling about noise,’ Bollwage said. ‘It was never ethnicity or religion or beliefs, or anything like that.’ . . .”

Di Ionno also wrote, “Around lunchtime, a half-dozen police and a K-9 unit descended on a wet cardboard box on Westminster Avenue, not far from the Dr. Orlando Edreira Academy public school. The dog sniffed, a police officer toed it open. It was empty, just a case of unflattened recycling.

“This was two blocks from Masjid Dar-Ul-Islam, where Jabari Jaaber, 19, the son of the imam, found himself once again explaining his religion.

” ‘Islam is a religion of peace, not violence,’ he said. ‘We say salaam (as a greeting). It means “peace.” ‘

” ‘What he (Rahmani) did was a non-Muslim act,’ said Sayyid Nash, 19. ‘This is not what we are about.’ . . .”

It was yet another attempt by American Muslims to distinguish themselves from terrorists. While some critics ask why Muslims don’t condemn terrorist acts, others note that their condemnations aren’t always reported.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, “A group of St. Cloud Somali-American leaders, as well as other community leaders, spoke out in a nationally televised press conference on Sunday afternoon at Lake George,” Ben Rodgers reported for the St. Cloud Times, which posted the entire news conference on its website.

“The press conference came after an incident Sunday night involving a stabbing attack at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud,” in which nine people were hurt. “The community leaders used it as an opportunity to stress the attack was perpetrated by a single individual, that it does not represent the Somali-American and Muslim community and to express support for the victims. . . .”

Kirsti Marohn reported for the Times that although the FBI said Sunday that it was investigating the St. Cloud stabbings as a potential act of terrorism, “St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said Monday that investigators so far have not uncovered any connection between ISIS and the suspect in attacks Saturday evening at Crossroads Center.” Still, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, and called the suspect one of its soldiers.

Nevertheless, Lul Hersi, one of Somali-Americans speaking at the news conference, noted, “ISIS is a different faith from Islam. Isis has their own religion and they have their own belief.”

As reported in this space in April, Malcolm Nance, a counterterrorism expert for MSNBC and author of “Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe,” has told journalists that the news media had failed to emphasize the repudiation of ISIS by mainstream Muslims, who have bluntly declared that “ISIS is the enemy of Islam.”

“This is not a terrorist group, it’s a cult” that “doesn’t believe Islam is valid any more,” Nance said. “They step back into the 7th century,” believing they should re-enact battles of that era leading to a clash of civilizations. To them, “all 1.6 billion Muslims are apostates.”

The attacker has been identified by the Somali community as Dahir Adan. He was fatally wounded in Macy’s by Jason Falconer, an off-duty Avon, Minn. police officer.

Hassan Khalifeh, Arab American News: Documentary to expose widespread spying on Arabs and Muslims

In an interview Friday that aired Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation," Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said that when Donald Trump first raised the issue of Barack Obama’s birthplace in 2011, “I thought it was shameful. Everybody, every reasonable person knew that he was born in America – in Hawaii, not in Kenya,” Lewis explained. “And he just wouldn’t give up on it.” He added, “When you make mistakes, when you’re wrong, you should admit you’re wrong, and ask people to forgive you.” (video)
In an interview Friday that aired Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said that when Donald Trump first raised the issue of Barack Obama’s birthplace in 2011, “I thought it was shameful.” He added, “When you make mistakes, when you’re wrong, you should admit you’re wrong, and ask people to forgive you.” video

N.Y. Times Calls Trump a Liar in News Headline

Last Saturday, The New York Times published an extraordinary story,” Peter Beinart reported for the Atlantic. “What made the story extraordinary wasn’t the event the Times covered. What made it extraordinary was the way the Times covered it.

“On its front page, top right — the most precious space in American print journalism — the Times wrote about Friday’s press conference in which Donald Trump declared that a) he now believed Barack Obama was a US citizen, b) he deserved credit for having established that fact despite rumors to the contrary and c) Hillary Clinton was to blame for the rumors. Traditionally, when a political candidate assembles facts so as to aggrandize himself and belittle his opponent, ‘objective’ journalists like those at the Times respond with a ‘he said, she said’ story. . . .”

Beinart also wrote, “Its headline read, ‘Trump Gives Up a Lie But Refuses to Repent.’ Not ‘falsehood,’ which leaves open the possibility that Trump was merely mistaken, but ‘lie,’ which suggests, accurately, that Trump had every reason to know that what he was saying about Obama’s citizenship was false.

“The article’s text was even more striking. It read like an opinion column. It began by reciting the history of Trump’s campaign to discredit Obama’s citizenship. ‘It was not true in 2011,’ began the first paragraph. ‘It was not true in 2012,’ began the second paragraph. ‘It was not true in 2014,’ began the third paragraph. Then, in the fourth paragraph: ‘“It was not true, any of it.’ . . ”

. . . ‘No Good Answers’ for TV Questioners

Television questioners Sunday pressed surrogates for Donald Trump, armed with talking points attempting to explain away Trump’s longtime position that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, a stance Trump retracted only on Friday.

The verdict: “Trump Surrogates Have No Good Answers for the Birther story,” Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann wrote Monday for NBC News in their “First Read” column.

“That’s our conclusion after watching the Sunday shows. Here was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on CNN: ‘It’s not true that he kept it up for five years [after President Obama released his birth certificate in 2011].’ In fact, we’ve listed these post-2011 tweets and statements that Trump made questioning Obama’s citizenship.

“Here was Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway when asked on ‘Meet the Press’ what led Trump to conclude that Obama was indeed born in the USA: ‘You’ll have to ask him that. That’s a personal decision.’ (The problem: Trump hasn’t held a news conference in weeks.)

“And here was VP running mate Mike Pence on ABC on what proof he had that Hillary Clinton was responsible for promoting the Birther story: ‘I understand the desire of many in the national media to change the subject from Hillary Clinton’s disastrous record and her dishonesty, we’re just not going to play that game. Donald Trump and I are going to continue to focus right where the American people are focused, and that’s not on the debates of the past, it’s on their future.’

“So you see why this Birther story isn’t a good one for the Trump campaign: The campaign and surrogates have no good answers. . . .”

Ezra Klein, editor-in-chief of vox.com, posted this video on Aug. 2 and has seen it go viral. Klein captioned it, “I dare you to watch this and defend voting for Donald Trump in November.”

. . . Editorial Asks Whether Trump Was Born Male

Imagine, for a moment, that Hillary Clinton went on live television to announce she now believes that Donald Trump is a biological man,” the editorial board of the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., wrote Monday under the headline, “Was Donald Trump born male?”

“Imagine the speaker she chose to introduce her at this much-hyped media event was a fellow conspiracy theorist who had also long argued that ‘Donald’ is actually a woman.

“Imagine that after ignoring Trump’s release of his birth certificate and continuing for years to insist he has secret lady parts — and managing to convince more than half of Democrats of this — Clinton offered not an apology, but a demand for credit.

“Yes, credit; for having finally spritzed a little water on the wild inferno that she herself ignited. Now imagine her quickly leaving the podium, as reporters shout questions like, ‘When did you change your mind about Trump being a woman?’

“This would be the equivalent of Donald Trump’s Friday ‘news’ dump, where he announced — less than two months before the election — that he now believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

“Minus a few additional sideshows, of course. . . .”

Michael Barbaro, New York Times: Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn’t Apologetic

Wayne Bennett, the Field Negro: The head birther comes clean. Sort of.

Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Trump, Grand Wizard of Birtherism

Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post: Donald Trump: Birther of a national disgrace

Jordan Chariton, Mediaite: Stop Blaming Actual Journalism For President Trump

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post: Donald Trump’s birther event is the greatest trick he’s ever pulled

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post: A media critic called my sort of journalism ‘pathetic.’ Then we had an email conversation about it.

Editorial, Native Sun News: Making the numbers count on this election

David Emery, snopes.com: After Birth

David Goldstein, McClatchy: 2 Clinton supporters in ’08 reportedly shared Obama ‘birther’ story

Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: Donald Trump Scorns TV Networks. For Once, They Return the Favor.

Samer Hijazi, Arab American Media: Arabs for Hillary Hope to Rally Reluctant Community (Sept. 13)

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press: Many black voters skeptical at Trump’s birther about-face

Harold Jackson, Philadelphia Inquirer: Libertarians aren’t qualified; why vote for them?

Raynard Jackson, National Newspaper Publishers Association: The RNC Is Suing Me, a Black Republican, but I’ll Never Leave My Party

Glenn Kessler, Washington Post: Christie’s claim that Trump did not ‘on a regular basis’ spout birther nonsense after 2011

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter Institute: Dallas Morning News ‘paid a price’ for its Hillary Clinton endorsement

Gene Nichol, News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.: Given NC history, GOP’s black suppression the gravest sin

Stephen A. Nuño, NBC News Latino: Poll: Doom and Gloom Over Democrats’ Latino Outreach May be Overstated

Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: Trump quits ‘birtherism,’ but not the lying

Stacey Patton, Tulsa World: Sorry, Deplorables, being called out for racism doesn’t mean you’re oppressed

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire: Racism and Deception Are Now Accepted Political Tactics

Greg Sargent, Washington Post: The Republican Party is now institutionally defending Donald Trump’s racism

Robert Samuels, Washington Post: African Americans worry Trump has awoken a resentment that won’t go away

Michael Tesler, Washington Post: Birtherism was why so many Republicans liked Trump in the first place

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: New NYT managing editor: ‘Would we have a staff left if we listened to Donald Trump?’

John Ziegler, Mediaite: Did Trump’s ‘Birtherism’ Stunt Cause a ‘Snapping’ in the News Media, or Just a Blip?

Wilkerson, McBride to Receive Humanities Medal

Journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson and journalist-turned-author James McBride are among 12 recipients of the National Humanities Medal, to be presented by President Obama Thursday at the White House.

Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson

They will join such figures as public radio host Terry Gross and composer and musician Wynton Marsalis as recipients of the medal. Twelve others will receive the National Medal of Arts. They include Mel Brooks, the actor, comedian and writer; author Sandra Cisneros; actor Morgan Freeman; composer Philip Glass, Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records; and actress and singer Audra McDonald.

Wilkerson, a former New York Times reporter, is author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” published in 2010. She is being honored “for championing the stories of an unsung history. Her masterful combination of intimate human narratives with broader societal trends allows us to measure the epic migration of a people by its vast impact on our Nation and on each individual life.”

James McBride
James McBride

McBride wrote for the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and People magazine before moving on to books, film and fiction writing. He won the National Book Award for fiction in 2013 for “The Good Lord Bird,” a novel about a slave who unites with John Brown in Brown’s abolitionist mission.

He might be best known for “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother,” his 1996 biography of his Jewish mother of black children, but has won critical acclaim for his recent biography of James Brown, “Kill ’Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul.”

McBride is being honored “for humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America. Through writings about his own uniquely American story, and his works of fiction informed by our shared history, his moving stories of love display the character of the American family.”

Also honored is the Prison University Project, whose mission is “to provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; to create a replicable model for such programs; and to stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California.”

Under the project’s auspices, Prof. William Drummond of the University of California at Berkeley taught an introductory journalism course for dozens of inmates at San Quentin Prison in 2012 and 2014.

ONA Honors Reports on Prisons, Police Force

Superlative reporting on leaked data, prison reform and undue police force led coverage that garnered top honors for 35 media organizations Saturday night at the 2016 Online Journalism Awards, which ended the Online News Association Conference,” Jeremiah Patterson reported Saturday for ONA.

“At the 16th annual awards dinner, emceed by NPR’s Al Letson, The Texas Tribune, Quartz, AJ+ Digital News Publishing and The New York Times each took home a $3,000 General Excellence Award, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The $15,000 University of Florida Awards for Investigative Data Journalism were won by The Intercept’s ‘The Drone Papers’ and The Orlando Sentinel for ‘Focus on Force: An Investigation In Use of Force by the Orlando Police Department.’

“The Panama Papers, an exhaustive examination by over 100 media outlets of secretive offshore companies, led by The Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, took top honors in the Investigative category.

“The Knight Award for Public Service, with a $5,000 prize from the Knight Foundation, went to The Huffington Post for ‘Prisons Reporting.’ Breaking News won the $5,000 Gannett Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism Award for its news tip-sharing app, ‘Nearby Tipping.’ Oregon Public Broadcasting and The New York Times dominated the Breaking News categories and New York Magazine was honored in the Large Feature category for its bold, compelling presentation of ‘Cosby: The Women.’ . . .”

2016 Awards

No Blacks Among ‘Best’ American Sports Writing

For the past 25 years, The Best American Sports Writing has been published every autumn, recognizing the year’s finest magazine articles and, occasionally, newspaper columns, on sports ranging from basketball to fishing,” Pete Vernon wrote Friday for Columbia Journalism Review. “The 2016 edition, to be released on October 4, highlights the work of 30 journalists.

“Twenty-five of them are white men.

“In a year in which race and sports have become entwined in the national debate — driven in part by NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem — so, too, have race and journalism. As The Undefeated noted, it is perhaps not surprising that the story of Kaepernick’s protest was broken by an African-American reporter, Steve Wyche of the NFL Network.

“If part of the goal of The Best American Sports Writing series is to reflect the larger conversation around sports, the lack of work from a single African-American journalist in a year riven by racial tensions is striking. Series editor Glenn Stout referred CJR’s inquiries to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt executive editor Susan Canavan, who oversees the series.

Canavan told CJR that the editors tried to be mindful of inclusion, but that the ultimate criteria is which pieces provoked the most conversation and were simply the best journalism. Any lack of diversity in the selection, she said, ‘is sort of a larger portrait of the industry and who’s doing the writing.’ . . .

The Era of Segregation Gallery, including the segregation train car. (Credit: National Museum of African American History and Culture.)
The Era of Segregation Gallery, including the segregation train car. (Credit: National Museum of African American History and Culture.)

Media Day Heightens Buildup for New Museum

About 300 journalists attended Media Day at the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday, and they immediately began to prime readers and viewers for the opening of the long-awaited project on the National Mall on Saturday, its official opening day.

Inside the space, there were just as many hardhats as reporters,” Sam Sanders reported for NPR. “You could hear drills humming on every floor, even as a grand opening is set for 10 days from now. Lonnie Bunch is the founding director of the museum. And this morning, he reminded people just how far the museum has come from a dream of black Civil War veterans over a century ago from still just being a dream last decade. . . .”

The Washington Post Magazine devoted its edition Sunday to the museum, featuring a Q-and-A by Marcia Davis with Oprah Winfrey, who donated $21 million; an essay by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who pushed in Congress for the museum’s creation; and another by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, “Why the African American history museum belongs to all of us.”

C-SPAN plans live coverage of the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. ET.

“In addition to airing the 10am outdoor dedication ceremony, American History TV on C-SPAN3 will begin coverage at 8am ET with sights and sounds from the museum and feature past programming including a recent ‘hard hat’ tour of the new museum,” the network announced on Monday.

“Opening Ceremony speakers include President Obama and founding Museum Director Lonnie Bunch. Also attending: First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton. Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis will perform a composition created for the opening.

“The program will re-air on American History TV Saturday, September 24 at 4 pm, 8 pm and midnight ET and at 8 am ET on Sunday, September 25. . . .”

Maurice Berger, New York Times: Photos That Challenge Stereotypes About African-American Youths (July 19)

Greg Carr, Ebony: The Smithsonian’s New Black History Museum and the Riches Within

Christina Coleman, Essence: Before You Visit: Here’s An Inside Look At The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Marcia Davis, Washington Post: The artifacts and stories that brought the African American museum to life

Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press: The reason to talk about race and racism

New York Times: I, Too, Sing America

Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press: How a 12-year-old Detroit girl became an icon in civil rights history (Sept. 11)

Krissah Thompson, Washington Post: Painful but crucial: Why you’ll see Emmett Till’s casket at the African American museum (Aug. 18)

David Nguyen and his wife, Sarah Le and daughter, Charlotte, four next month, were the first to move into their block in the brand new Portola Springs community two years ago. (Credit: Matt Masin/Orange County Register)
David Nguyen and his wife, Sarah Le and daughter, Charlotte, four next month, were the first to move into their block in the brand new Portola Springs, Calif., community two years ago. (Credit: Matt Masin/Orange County Register)

The Mainland City With an Asian American Plurality

Two years ago, David Nguyen, his wife and his daughter were the first to move into their block in Irvine’s new Portola Springs neighborhood,” Tomoya Shimura and Ian Wheeler reported Sunday for the Orange County Register.

“Within a few months, they saw the street fill up with two Indian families next door, and Filipino, Korean and Latino families across the way. Their meticulously planned community may appear beige and cookie-cutter to passers-by, but its residents are far from culturally homogenous.

“ ‘I was surprised in a positive way,’ said Nguyen, whose parents were Vietnamese refugees. ‘There’s Asian diversity here.’

“Portola Springs symbolizes a milestone reached by one of Southern California’s fastest-growing suburbs.

“New census estimates show that, for the first time, Irvine has more Asian than white residents. It’s a thin lead, well within the report’s margin of error, but the strongest evidence yet of what many residents, scholars and real estate professionals see as an accelerating trend.

“Using the new census figures, a Register analysis indicates Irvine now is — or soon will be — the largest city in the continental United States with an Asian plurality. Among larger municipalities, only Honolulu has more Asians than any other race. . . .”

Mississippi Reporter, 22, Dies of ‘Natural Causes’

Melanie Dotson
Melanie Dotson

WJTV-TV reporter Melanie Dotson died Friday,” Sarah Fowler reported Friday for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.

“The station reported Dotson’s death Friday afternoon.

“Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said Dotson died of natural causes at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson on Friday afternoon. Stewart said she was told Dotson was 22.

“Dotson joined WJTV in April. A native of Brandon, Dotson came to WJTV from WXVT-TV in Greenville.

“She was a 2015 graduate of Tougaloo College, where she earned her degree in mass communication with an emphasis in radio and television broadcasting. . . .”

Short Takes

In California, “Gov. Jerry Brown is approving legislation that requires janitors and their supervisors to complete sexual harassment training every two years beginning in 2019,” the Associated Press reported Thursday. “The bill signed Thursday aims to protect janitors from sexual abuse while they are working alone at night. It’s a response a 2015 PBS feature that investigated pervasive sexual assault in the janitorial industry. The series, Rape on the Night Shift, was based in California. . . .”

Last year, we created the Emerging Reporters Program, in which we give college journalists of color mentoring and stipends to give them the financial flexibility and support to do great journalism,” Eric Umansky wrote Friday for ProPublica. “We had a terrific crew of young journalists last year. We also had a great response to our call for applications this year. And we’re very excited to announce the winners. . . .” They are Clifford Michel, Marina Affo, Pam Ortega, Tyler Foggatt and TyLisa Johnson.

ESPN is launching its first bilingual sports news show, aimed at the growing audience of Latino viewers in the U.S.,” Stephen Battaglio reported Monday for the Los Angeles Times. “Starting Sept. 26, cable network ESPN2 will air ‘Nación ESPN,’ a one-hour weekly program with Los Angeles sports radio host Jorge Sedano, boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna and ESPNDesportes.com journalist Marly Rivera. . . .”

Jay Z, Molly Crabapple, Jim Batt, Kim Boekbinder and Dream Hampton collaborated on a short film on the War on Drugs posted on the New York Times website on Thursday. “Ms. Hampton wanted to tackle the contradiction raised by Michelle Alexander, the author of ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,’ in 2014: Why were white men poised to get rich doing the very same thing that African-American boys and men had long been going to prison for? Ms. Hampton proposed creating an animated video that the D.P.A. would produce about the impact of the drug war in African-American communities,” Asha Bandele wrote for the Times.

It’s sometimes easy to forget that Cleveland fight promoter Don King is a convicted killer,” Phillip Morris wrote Friday for the Plain Dealer, repeating words he used in 1996. “Indeed, with each passing year, the blood of Sam Garrett grows more faint on the soles of the magnificent Don King’s feet.” King, now 85, is also publisher of the Cleveland Call & Post. “Cleveland City Council announced earlier this week that it plans to consider legislation to rename a stretch of Cedar Avenue after King,” Morris wrote. “. . . . King already stomped Garrett to death. Must council now lend a foot?”

Writer and editor “Rebecca Carroll joined us last November in a new, temporary job vaguely designed to produce smart, provocative programming about ‘race, class and community,’ ” Jim Schachter, vice president of news for New York’s WNYC Radio, wrote to staffers on Thursday. “. . . What we got was a dynamic set of initiatives — live, on the radio, in podcasts — that have connected WNYC in rich new ways to the communities we serve and that provoked us and our audiences to think hard about some of the toughest questions that America faces today.” As editor for special projects, a new position, “Her job is to work across all our platforms to create high-impact journalism that engages our ever-more-diverse audience around complex issues of race, diversity, inclusion and bias here and across the country. . . .”

WNYC Studios, the podcast division of New York’s public radio station WNYC that produces “2 Dope Queens,” “Freakonomics Radio” and “Radiolab,” announced Monday the addition of a third vice president of on-demand to its leadership team: Tony Phillips, a former editor and producer for the BBC. He is British and of Caribbean descent.

Through seven episodes, The 11th Hour with Brian Williams has averaged almost 1.1 million total viewers and more than 235,000 [Adults 25-54] viewers,” A.J. Katz reported Friday for TVNewser, writing of the show Williams began hosting for MSNBC two weeks ago. “It’s important to note that two of the first seven episodes aired for the full 11 p.m. hour, while the rest aired in the regularly-scheduled 11 – 11:30 p.m. slot. CNN Tonight [with Don Lemon] averaged close to 715,000 total viewers with over 263,000 from the news demo during the same time frame. The program aired for the full 11 p.m. hour each episode. Repeats of The O’Reilly Factor, along with an live episode of Hannity, defeated the CNN and MSNBC competition, though the margin of victory in A25-54 was slimmer than the total viewer margin.”

Reporters Without Borders said Friday that it “condemns the increasingly hostile climate for the media in Honduras and the recent series of direct or indirect attempts by the authorities to silence outspoken journalists. TV presenter Ariel Armando D’Vicente’s three-year jail sentence in a defamation case last month is particularly worrying. . . .”

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