The accused con artist is said to have paid staffers with forged checks.
How desperate are some journalists to find newspaper work in this era of cutbacks and layoffs?
Nine or 10 journalists are reported to have fallen for a scam in which a 25-year-old accused con artist created a fake online newspaper. They joined his "staff."
Joshua Brian Randolph was in the Hall County, Ga., Detention Center Friday night on "a lot of charges, over 30 to 35," a jailer told Journal-isms. Randolph was already known in that part of the world as the man who stole the identity of a teammate on the semi-pro Gainesville Heat basketball team, of which Randolph was the coach, according to John DAquino, writing in Georgia's South Hall Gazette.
Investigator Danny Sridej of the Oakwood, Ga., Police Department said Randolph, using the name Kevin Cobb, offered employment to legitimate reporters and then used their personal information to obtain credit from vendors, B.J. Williams, editor of AccessNorthGa.com, reported.
Randolph hired nine people for the newspaper, according to Shannon Casas, reporting for the Times of Gainesville. She wrote that investigator Sridej believed the employees worked for Randolph for no more than two or three weeks. "Sridej said some of them had been paid with cash and others had been given paychecks that bounced."
One journalist smelled something fishy and pulled away before signing on as executive editor. He wrote to Jim Romenesko's media blog Friday, telling his tale on condition that his name not be used.
Here's how the South Hall Gazette began its story about the scam on Monday:
"A former semi-pro basketball coach and 'online newspaper publisher' has been arrested and charged with eight counts of transaction card fraud and theft by deception.
"According to the Hall County Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old Joshua Brian Randolph set up an online newspaper start-up called the 'Gainesville Observer' as a front to steal personal information from the employees he 'hired'; 10 in all. This online newspaper had an office located at 720 Main Street in Gainesville.
"Randolph, who used the alias 'Kevin Cobb', stole the identity of a relative and opened four accounts under the relative's name; among them were a $1,300 dollar account with American Express and a $1,800 dollars account with Bank of America.
"Authorities accuse Randolph of paying the employees of the 'Gainesville Observer' with these forged checks while also allegedly writing fake employment/income verification letters. . . ."
Randolph pleaded guilty in 2007 to impersonating an officer, the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times reported in 2009. Last October, Randolph, then head coach of the Gainesville Heat of the American Basketball Association, was arrested and charged with theft, forgery and deposit account fraud, according to WGTJ-AM in Gainesville.
There is more. "Earlier this year, Randolph was charged with transaction card fraud and identity theft in connection with stealing personal information from customers at Greene Ford Co. on Browns Bridge Road, according to an incident report filed Feb. 25 by the sheriff's office," the Times reported. And "Randolph may face extradition to Kearny County, Kansas where he allegedly presented himself as 'Jazmine Stephens,' a contractor for an online hauling company," the South Hall Gazette said.
The journalist who wrote Romenesko said he answered an ad for an executive editor on JournalismJobs.com.
"I should have known that something [was] up when I asked him for the offer letter with all the things that we agreed on, and he called it an 'officer' letter," the journalist wrote. "Also, letter wasn't on a [stationery], but on a regular plain Word doc, and it didn't mention any of the things that we talked about besides the salary (such as insurance, moving costs, etc.). . . . "
He continued, "I'm happy I dodged a bullet, but my heart goes out to the real journalists who were hired by Cobb. I asked a friend yesterday: 'What type of reporter can be scammed like this? 'But my friend and I then agreed: The economy and industry are so bad that people are desperate. And believe me I'm ashamed of myself for saying that about those reporters because I had a level of desperation too. . . ."
"Deaths exceeded births among non-Hispanic white Americans for the first time in at least a century, according to new census data, a benchmark that heralds profound demographic change," Sam Roberts reported Thursday for the New York Times.
"The disparity was tiny — only about 12,000 — and was more than made up by a gain of 188,000 as a result of immigration from abroad. But the decrease for the year ending July 1, 2012, coupled with the fact that a majority of births in the United States are now to Hispanic, black and Asian mothers, is further evidence that white Americans will become a minority nationwide within about three decades.
"Over all, the number of non-Hispanic white Americans is expected to begin declining by the end of this decade.
" 'These new census estimates are an early signal alerting us to the impending decline in the white population that will characterize most of the 21st century,' said William H. Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution.
"The transition will mean that 'today's racial and ethnic minorities will no longer be dependent on older whites for their economic well-being,' Dr. Frey said. In fact, the situation may be reversed. 'It makes more vivid than ever the fact that we will be reliant on younger minorities and immigrants for our future demographic and economic growth,' he said. . . ."
U.S. Census Bureau: Asians Fastest-Growing Race or Ethnic Group in 2012, Census Bureau Reports
U.S. Census Bureau: Facts for Features: Caribbean-American Heritage Month: June 2013
D'Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center: Why there are more deaths than births among whites
Jenée Desmond-Harris, the Root: End of White America: Should We Care?
TheRoot.com: "Browner America" series
"You advise women to lean in and speak up. I'm taking your advice," Dori J. Maynard, president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, wrote Friday in an open letter to the author of the best-selling "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."
"I can't tell you how disappointed I was in the Father's Day feature on which your Lean In Foundation collaborated with Time magazine. Not one African-American father appears on the Time website. I know it shouldn't have shocked me.
"Content audits, such as one by The Opportunity Agenda, tell us that even in the age of President Obama, the media continue to pigeonhole black men, consigning them to coverage about crime, sports and entertainment, out of proportion with their actual involvement. Equally important, the media rarely show black men in all of their humanity as doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and yes, fathers.
"Sadly, this feature is a stark example of the gap between coverage and reality, and not just because it ignores black fathers. There were also no Asian-American or Native American fathers in Time. I note that the magazine did a good job of presenting a cross section of white and Latino fathers.
"Unfortunately, the other dads of color— one black and the other Asian-American — are relegated to your foundation's website. . . ."
Time magazine received the 2012 Thumbs Down Award from the National Association of Black Journalists "for its lack of diversity within its reporting corps." Among the particulars, NABJ said "the magazine has eliminated blacks from major news coverage, including a special commemorative issue on the 10th anniversary of the [Sept. 11, 2001] terrorist attacks that depicted no African Americans. . . ."
Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, HuffPost BlackVoices: Black Fathers Not A Complete Anomaly, New Book 'Dare To Be Extraordinary' Demonstrates (EXCERPT, PHOTOS)
Danielle Belton, Ebony: Are Women in Their Own Way? (March 13)
Daria Burke, HuffPost BlackVoices: What Lean In Means for Women of Color (April 25)
Gregory Clay, McClatchy-Tribune News Service: Sheryl Sandberg effect — Lean In or Lean Out (May 28)
Mary C. Curtis, Washington Post: Do black women need lessons on 'leaning in'? (March 25)
Tammerlin Drummond, Oakland Tribune: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg inspires women to take charge (May 26)
Hazel Trice Edney, TriceEdneyWire.com: On Father's Day: These Super Dads Defy the Statistics
Patrice Gaines, blackamericaweb.com: Faces of Hope: Every Girl Needs a Dance with Her Dad
Frederick H. Lowe, North Star News & Analysis: Federal Government to Link Fathers with Children who live in Public Housing
Dori J. Maynard, Huffington Post: Recalling Dad's Encounter With Intensive Government Monitoring
Mark Anthony Neal, Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.: On occasion, TV captures complexities of black men as fathers
Latoya Peterson, Racialicious: On Lean-ing In (March 27)
Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau: Black family progress has stalled since controversial 1965 study, report says
Nikki Woods, blackamericaweb.com: A Special Message For the Fathers Who Earned the Title
Detroit News reporter Leonard Fleming, the subject of headlines in January when the ex-wife of state Treasurer Andy Dillon received a personal protection order against him, has been free of the order since March 21, the Wayne County, Mich., Circuit Court confirmed last week.
Carol Dillon asked the court to lift the order, and Judge Richard Halloran granted it then, according to the court clerk's office.
The personal protection order, granted without a hearing at which both sides could testify, made headlines because of its sensational allegations. Dillon filed papers saying Fleming had threatened to kill her with a baseball bat.
"According to documents in Wayne County Circuit Court, Carol Dillon also said Fleming harassed her numerous times and once texted her a photo of his penis. She said the message was: 'I would be missing this if I discontinued being his friend,' " Jeff Wattrick of Deadline Detroit wrote in January.
Fleming was transferred from his city hall beat and reportedly suspended for 10 days.
Dillon could not be reached for comment. Fleming, who is now a general assignment reporter covering transportation issues, did not want to speak on the record.
However, friends told reporter Steve Neavling in January that "the accusations are outrageous and insulting because Carol Dillon is the one who became irate and demanding when the reporter wouldn’t leave his girlfriend. . . ."
"The sole Democratic African-American senator cast doubt on the need for a 'black agenda' from the president and on its chances of passage in Congress during a Democratic forum with largely African-American reporters Wednesday," Suzanne Gamboa reported for the Associated Press.
"Massachusetts Sen. William 'Mo' Cowan said the issues that black Americans are concerned about are the same as those causing white Americans concern, although to different degrees. . . ."
Attending the on-the-record African American Media Roundtable, sponsored by the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, were Sens. Mark Begich, Alaska; Robert P. Casey Jr., Pennsylvania; Chris Coons, Delaware; Cowan; Mark Pryor, Arkansas; Mary Landrieu, Louisiana; Tom Harkin, Iowa; Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota; Debbie Stabenow, Michigan; Ben Cardin, Maryland; and Mark R. Warner of Virginia.
Eighteen reporters were present: April D. Ryan, American Urban Radio Network; Joe Madison, SiriusXM; Keli Goff, freelancer; Michael H. Cottman ofblackamericaweb.com; Hazel Trice Edney, TriceEdneyWire.com; William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau; Kristal High, Politic365.com; Denise Rolark Barnes, Washington Informer; Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post; Deborah Berry, Gannett News Service; Leroy Jones Jr., "Ask Talk & Listen With Political Jones" and PoliticalJones.com; Joyce Jones, BET; Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post; Gamboa, Lauren Victoria Burke of the Crew of 42; Len Burnett of Uptown magazine, Avis Thomas Lester of the Afro American Newspapers and L. Joy Williams of "This Week in Blackness," according to Tyrone Gayle, a spokesman for the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.
Lauren Victoria Burke, Crew of 42: Black Journos Meet Senators on Black Issues, But Shhh… Don't Say "Black Agenda"
Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post: A ‘black agenda’ is an American agenda
William Douglas and David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau: Feinstein will seek limits on who can see NSA spy data
April D. Ryan blog: A Conversation Between Black Journalists and Democratic Senators on the Hill
Renee Schoof and William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau: With student loan rates about to double, lawmakers squabble
"TV One will offer a educational initiative to engage middle school students in the television production field, said network officials," R. Thomas Umstead reported Friday for Multichannel News.
"The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program will provide educational support for sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the four respective subjects through hands-on television production activities beginning in September of this year. The curriculum, which will utilize original network programming, will be available atwww.tvone.tv and at Cable in the Classroom's website, www.ciconline.org.
"The program will feature such lessons as Anatomy of a Television Production, Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production, which will present students with authentic tasks that television industry professionals face, said network officials. The curriculum will also include instructional and informative interviews with production executives from TV One and those who work on its scripted original comedy series Belle's. . . ."
Writers of color share their concerns about privacy and surveillance.
"Let me put it this way," began Salim Muwakkil, the veteran Chicago writer, in a Facebook posting Wednesday. "I've known Assata Shakur from the days when she was known as Joanne Chesimard.
"What's more, while working as a journalist for the Associated Press, I covered the deadly encounter on the NJ Turnpike that resulted in her imprisonment. Thus, I have a rather specialized knowledge of her case. I consider her a victim rather than criminal and have written sympathetically about her plight.
"Assata recently was placed on the FBI's 10 most wanted terrorist list. Am I now considered a terrorist associate vulnerable to NSA targeting?" he continued, referring to the National Security Agency.
"With that security agency reportedly in possession of all my tele-communications' contacts, can they now be data mined for any 'incriminating' evidence[?] What about those hundreds of people on my contact lists? Are they similarly implicated in associating with someone who once associated with someone now deemed a terrorist? These are not just idle questions and point to the real threat of a national security state."
As more information about the extent of government surveillance surfaces, others are sharing similar concerns. Last week, the Poynter Institute published "6 ways journalists can keep their reporting materials private & off-the-record" by Beth Winegarner.
Among Winegarner's suggestions: "Get old school." "Run your own mail server." "Encrypt or go anonymous." "Don't keep anything online." "Stay off the phone." "Consult a lawyer." She referred readers to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Surveillance Self-Defense site, created "to educate the American public about the law and technology of government surveillance in the United States, providing the information and tools necessary to evaluate the threat of surveillance and take appropriate steps to defend against it."
Meanwhile, the conversation about Edward Snowden, the former employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton whose leak of NSA documents has dominated the headlines all week, turned to whether he should be considered a hero or a traitor.
In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Snowden told reporter Lana Lam: "I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American."
David Simon, creator of television's "The Wire" and a former Baltimore Sun reporter, did not think Snowden disclosed much new. Simon wrote on his blog, "Having labored as a police reporter in the days before the Patriot Act, I can assure all there has always been a stage before the wiretap, a preliminary process involving the capture, retention and analysis of raw data. It has been so for decades now in this country. The only thing new here, from a legal standpoint, is the scale on which the FBI and NSA are apparently attempting to cull anti-terrorism leads from that data. But the legal and moral principles? Same old stuff. . . ."
Clarence Page, syndicated Chicago Tribune columnist, agreed. "The NSA phone sweeps are a large-scale version of police tracking the calls -- but not content -- on pay phones (remember those?) that were frequented by drug dealers. As a character on 'The Wire' used to say, 'Things change but the game stays the same.'
"Those who fear constitutional breaches should first read the Constitution. It is not biblical scripture. It is often conditional, as in the Fourth Amendment's protections against 'unreasonable searches.' The 10 Commandments, by contrast, do not permit 'reasonable adultery.' . . ."
Leonard Pitts Jr., the syndicated Miami Herald columnist, took the opposing view. "If ever tyranny overtakes this land of the sometimes free and home of the intermittently brave, it probably won't, contrary to the fever dreams of gun rights extremists, involve jack-booted government thugs rappelling down from black helicopters," he wrote. "Rather, it will involve changes to words on paper many have forgotten or never knew, changes that chip away until they strip away, precious American freedoms.
"It will involve a trade of sorts, an inducement to give up the reality of freedom for the illusion of security. Indeed, the bargain has already been struck. . . ."
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Prison Radio: Big Brother Phone Surveillance (podcast)
David Bauder, Associated Press: Media: No mistaking how NSA story reporter feels
Wayne Bennett, the Field Negro: The convenient [Constitution].
Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post: Edward Snowden isn't exactly a hero
Irin Carmon, Salon: How we broke the NSA story
Editorial, USA Today: NSA whistle-blower hero or villain? Our view
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: Pundits vs. Edward Snowden
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report: Rep. Clyburn: Putting Obama First - Civil Liberties, Peace, Justice, and Reality Last
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times: Blowing a Whistle
Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, "Democracy Now!": Is Edward Snowden a Hero? A Debate with Journalist Chris Hedges & Law Scholar Geoffrey Stone
Nikolas Kozloff, Al Jazeera: Edward Snowden and Washington's revolving-door culture
Howard Kurtz, CNN: Leakers seek out advocacy journalists
Andrew Leonard, Salon: Edward Snowden: A libertarian hero
Julianne Malveaux, National Newspaper Publishers Association: Is 'Big Brother' racially biased?
Dylan Matthews, Washington Post: No, Edward Snowden probably didn't commit treason
Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: NSA's intrusions are quite a wake-up call
Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today Media Network: Indian Country's Data Scandal: Invisibility
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: CNN coverage on ground floor of IRS scandal!
DeWayne Wickham, USA Today: U.S.-China cyber spying not a big surprise
Armstrong Williams blog: Privacy [Concerns] (via Facebook)
"An upscale men's magazine decided to praise [its] favorite magazine editors' work, declaring boldly a 'New Golden Age' on its cover," Connor Simpson wrote Tuesday for the Atlantic Wire. "Except there's one small diversity problem: all the editors basking in this new golden age are white dudes. . . ."
Simpson noted that for its efforts, "Port is getting taken to task on Twitter and other realms of the Internet. 'Don't you buncha jerks dare forget about the relevance of white men at legacy brands!' said Gawker's Cord Jefferson. "The 'new golden age of publishing' only features white men, obvi," added [BuzzFeed's] Rosie Gray. 'Hey [Port magazine], you don't admire a single lady magazine editor?' wondered Spry's Katie Neal. 'If I'd known all it took to make a Golden Age was a bunch of white dudes in suits I'd've started one a long time ago,' chimed another. It was posted to the 100 Percent Men tumblr real quick. 'So, based on the makeup of Crowe's expert panel, are we meant to conclude that white men are the future of magazines?' Salon's Katie McDonough asks," Simpson continued, referring to Port magazine editor-in-chief Dan Crowe.
" 'In which case, shouldn't Port re-title its feature to something like "a new pale, male age" of magazines or something more descriptive of its content?' That doesn't seem like a half bad idea. And so on and so on the outrage train went. . . ."
"Soledad O'Brien has inked an overall content development deal with HBO and also will join the network's award-winning sports journalism program Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," Marisa Guthrie reported Wednesday for the Hollywood Reporter. "The deal lets HBO have first look at scripted projects and long-form programming concepts developed by O'Brien's Starfish Media Group.
"O'Brien's first piece is about an innovative regimen at a San Diego fight club that helps veterans combat mental illness and PTSD. It will air on the June 25 edition of Real Sports.
"Real Sports" airs monthly. Guthrie added, "O'Brien left CNN earlier this year after incoming CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker set about revamping the network's ill-fated morning show, which O'Brien had been hosting. At CNN, she was responsible for the Black in America and Latino in America franchises. A graduate of Harvard University, she will serve as a visiting fellow for the 2013-14 school year at the university's Graduate School of Education."
"CNN has named Rosa Flores as correspondent, it was announced today by Terence Burke, Vice President of Newsgathering for CNN/U.S. She will start in July and will be based in New York City," CNN said on Wednesday.
The announcement added, "In addition to her role as correspondent Flores will serve as substitute anchor.
"Throughout her career Flores covered a variety of national, state and local stories. Before joining CNN, she anchored the late afternoon newscast at WBRZ, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge. . . ."
CNN President Jeff Zucker was criticized by leaders of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists after his failure to include journalists of color among his first few appointments.
Alex Weprin, TVNewser: CNN Targeting Younger Viewers To Attract New Advertisers
"Journalist Mark Trahant will serve as the 20th Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The position brings nationally known journalists to teach courses and speak to students, journalists and the public in Alaska," the university announced on Tuesday.
"Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He [is] chairman and chief executive officer at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and a former columnist at The Seattle Times. He has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers. . . . "
A poll suggests that they are more comfortable than other Americans with the government accessing their records.
African Americans are more likely than others to believe that the government should have access to telephone records, monitor email and investigate possible terrorist threats even if it intrudes on privacy concerns, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post.
"Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyone's online activity if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks. A slender majority, 52 percent, say no such broad-based monitoring should occur," according to the story by Jon Cohen, general manager and director of polling for Capital Insight, the independent polling group of Washington Post Media.
Among African Americans, however, 55 percent said those extra measures were acceptable, while 44 percent said they were not. The overall survey of 1,004 respondents nationwide included interviews with 128 non-Hispanic African-Americans.
Respondents were also asked, "What do you think is more important right now -- (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?"
Among all adults, 62 percent said investigating possible threats was more important. The figure was 60 percent among whites, 67 percent among nonwhites and 75 percent among African Americans.
Another question asked, "As you may know, it has been reported that the National Security Agency has been getting secret court orders to track telephone call records of MILLIONS of Americans in an effort to investigate terrorism. Would you consider this access to telephone call records an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?"
The results were 56 percent "acceptable" among all adults; with 53 percent among whites, 63 percent among nonwhites and 62 percent among African Americans.
As Cohen's story explained, "The new survey comes amid recent revelations of the National Security Agency's extensive collection of telecommunications data to facilitate terrorism investigations."
Cohen continued, "with a Democratic president at the helm instead of a Republican, partisan views have turned around significantly.
"Sixty-nine percent of Democrats say terrorism investigations, not privacy, should be the government's main concern, an 18-percentage-point jump from early January 2006, when the NSA activity under the George W. Bush administration was first reported. Compared with that time, Republicans' focus on privacy has increased 22 points. . . ."
Commentators of color had varying reactions to the surveillance revelations, granting President Obama his stated wish that the nation debate the issues raised.
The question for Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press was about Edward Snowden. "So as much as I want my first questions to deal with policies of domestic spying and to what extent the government should be allowed to intrude into the lives of its citizens to keep the country safe, my first question actually is: How did a high school dropout (who later earned his GED) become a security guard and then an IT officer who had access to the kind of information whose release leads to congressional investigations and allegations of treason?" Riley asked.
The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson agreed on that point, and added, "Someone should explain why the intelligence court is evidently so compliant. Someone should explain -- perhaps in French, German and Spanish -- why our allies' e-mails are fair game for the agency's prying eyes.
"But here's the big issue: The NSA, it now seems clear, is assembling an unimaginably vast trove of communications data, and the bigger it gets, the more useful it is in enabling analysts to make predictions. It's one thing if the NSA looks for patterns in the data that suggest a nascent overseas terrorist group or an imminent attack. It's another thing altogether if the agency observes, say, patterns that suggest the birth of the next tea party or Occupy Wall Street movement. . . ."
Phillip Morris wrote in the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, "It was George Orwell, the English author of 1984, who warned the world six decades ago that a government was coming that would advance freedoms by eliminating them.
"That's where we appear to be headed."
Emil Guillermo, who blogs on the site of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, gave Snowden a nod. "Snowden's leakage of confidential information last week was nothing less than a heroic effort to alert us of the ways of our current secret government and its catch-all anti-terrorism gopher, the National Security Agency."
Tom Joyner, the syndicated morning radio jock who is staunchly in the president's corner, remained there. He wrote on his blog, "We're fighting a brand new kind of terrorism. The enemy may not be a country or even a group. Now as the last few incidents of terror have shown us, our enemy can be anyone, anywhere. So, all bets are off and all is fair -- well, almost all . . . ."
Charles M. Blow of the New York Times disagreed. "Even if you trust these 'papas' -- and I fully trust no politicians -- what happens when they are replaced by new ones, ones you do not trust, ones with whom you do not agree?" Blow asked.
"That's the problem: beyond the present potential for abuse, these policies establish a dangerous, bipartisan precedent -- spanning all branches of government -- that are easily misused. . . ."
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post: AP Editor: Do Not Describe Edward Snowden As A 'Whistleblower'
David Carr, New York Times: A New Kind of Leaker for an Internet Age
Dana Farrington, NPR: What Is Meant By The Term 'Whistle-Blower'
Barton Gellman, Washington Post: Code name 'Verax': Snowden, in exchanges with Post reporter, made clear he knew risks
Barry Saunders, News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.: Big Brother would surely be bored
Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker: Edward Snowden Is No Hero
Washington Post: Famous leaks in American history (photo gallery)
"After a methodical first day of jury selection in the Trayvon Martin murder trial Monday, one thing became clear: Even people who profess to pay little attention to the news have heard about the killing of the unarmed Miami Gardens teenager," David Ovalle wrote for the Miami Herald.
"One potential juror, a female night-shift worker who loves game shows and CSI: Miami, recalled the now well-known image of Trayvon Martin in a hooded sweatshirt.
"Another woman, a recent Seminole County transplant from Chicago and lover of reality TV shows, said she remembers 'people selling T-shirts and some kid died.'
"And a third possible juror, the rare person sans cable television at home, nevertheless remembered broadcast images of defendant George Zimmerman's head injuries -- and Trayvon's parents appearing on television.
" 'I'm not sure, but is that his mom?' the woman asked, nodding toward Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, in the second row of the Seminole County courtroom.
"Monday's brief questioning of four potential jurors underscored the difficulty lawyers will have in finding citizens who are not swayed by the unprecedented publicity that has swirled around the case since Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon during a struggle in February 2012 . . . "
Ovalle wrote Sunday, "Lawyers will select six jurors plus four alternates from a pool of 500 from Seminole County, seeking citizens who can be fair and impartial despite the vast publicity surrounding the killing of the black teen. Add the racial plot lines woven into Trayvon's case, which will be tried in a Central Florida county that is mostly white, and selecting a jury won't be easy. . . ."
In an email interview with Orlando Sentinel editorial writer Darryl E. Owens, Kenneth Adams, a criminal justice professor at the University of Central Florida, said, "My hunch is that Zimmerman will be acquitted. I say this because Florida has a liberal self-defense statute, and because there is an upward trend in successful self-defense claims. . . ."
In his own column, Owens seemed to respond to that possibility. He wrote, "Members of Sanford's black community cannot afford to let a disputed verdict provoke a violent, self-fulfilling prophecy born of low expectations, no matter how much they are goaded or how much they perceive that the defense has tarred Trayvon's character.
"Such rashness would sabotage a city reputation still in rehab. . . ."
Andrew Beaujon, Poynter Institute: How news organizations are covering Day 1 of the Zimmerman trial
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Sybrina's Sorrow
Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post: George Zimmerman finally goes to trial
Joe Concha, mediaite.com: Owning The Narrative: MSNBC Turns To Trayvon Case For Ratings Comeback
Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times: Zimmerman trial will turn Sanford into center of media universe
Bob Stover, Florida Today: Media changes involvement in trials, history
Edward Wyckoff Williams, the Root: Trayvon's Dad: 'My Kid Was Perfect to Me'
Matt Wilstein, mediaite.com: Guns, Race and Cable News: How The George Zimmerman Trial Could Turn Into Fox vs. MSNBC
"As an editor, I have long believed that hiring and promoting talented minorities was not just a moral obligation but a professional imperative: to comprehend a disparate world and present it to a disparate audience, it helps to have a reporting and editing staff with a diversity of experience and perspective," Bill Keller, former executive editor of the New York Times, wrote in his Times column over the weekend.
"As a trustee of a liberal arts college, I've supported admission of black and Latino students not just as a remedy for historic injustice but because something fundamental is missing from a campus where everybody is pretty much alike. Diversity tends to make institutions more creative, more adaptable, more productive.
"But over the years, following the work of scholars like Richard Kahlenberg at the Century Foundation, Anthony Carnevale of Georgetown and Marta Tienda of Princeton, I've come to think there may be a better way to accomplish diversity: namely, by shifting attention from race to class. The idea is controversial, the execution is complicated and it doesn't come cheap, but it promises a richer kind of variety -- and it is less likely to run afoul of the Supreme Court. . . ."
Among Keller's points: "One argument that doesn't get much attention is that enrolling students from poor and working-class backgrounds is likely to increase ideological diversity. Conservatives may exaggerate the extent to which universities are bastions of left-leaning godlessness, but it is fair to say that on most campuses social conservatives, the deeply religious and the children of military families are scarcely heard. As a result, the political discourse can be glib, predictable and impoverished. Class-based diversity would oblige students of different beliefs to test and sharpen their convictions.
"The biggest obstacle to class-based affirmative action, as Richard Perez-Pena pointed out in The Times the other day, is the obvious one: cost. Poor and working-class students are by definition in need of more financial aid. That is why universities have shown little interest in switching. It's cheaper to bring in students of color from middle-class or affluent families. (It also brings in kids with higher SAT test scores, which count so heavily in the obsessively watched college rankings.) Cost is the reason that even many proponents of class-based affirmative action favor what Tienda calls 'a holistic approach' -- class and race both. . . ."
John Blake, CNN: Three questions for Clarence Thomas
Lee A. Daniels, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund: Protecting Black Americans' Right to Compete
F. Michael Higginbotham, Baltimore Sun: Affirmative action still needed
Stacey Patton, Chronicle of Higher Education: At the Ivies, It's Still White at the Top
Black LGBT writers consider why this confrontation gave them pause.
Was first lady Michelle Obama right to face down a heckler at a Democratic Party fundraiser Tuesday night? The commentariat was not of one mind on Wednesday.
Peter Wallsten reported in the Washington Post, "Obama was addressing a Democratic Party fundraiser in a private Kalorama home in Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, 56, a lesbian activist, interrupted her remarks to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order.
"Obama showed her displeasure -- pausing to confront Sturtz eye to eye, according to witnesses.
" 'One of the things that I don’t do well is this,' she said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. 'Do you understand?'
"A pool report from a reporter in the room said Obama 'left the lectern and moved over to the protester.' The pool report quoted Obama as saying: 'Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.'
"Obama's suggestion that she would leave was not included in the official White House transcript.
"The audience responded by asking Obama to remain, according to the pool report, which quoted a woman nearby telling Sturtz, 'You need to go.'
"Sturtz was escorted out of the room. She said in an interview later she was stunned by Obama's response.
" 'She came right down in my face,' Sturtz said. 'I was taken aback.' . . . "
Sturtz said she paid $500 to attend the fundraiser and gave $5,000 to the Democratic Party and Obama's campaign in 2008, Wallsten added.
On theRoot.com, Keli Goff wrote of Sturtz, "I can only assume that she doesn't own a television or have access to the Internet, because if she did, she would know that President Obama has done more to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights than any president before him . . . . "
But LZ Granderson, who is gay, wrote for CNN.com, "Heckling Mrs. Obama wasn't fair to her. But taking the LGBT community for granted isn't fair to us either."
Jim Downs, an associate professor of history and American studies at Connecticut College, wrote for HuffPost BlackVoices and HuffPost GayVoices, "As a historian of African-American history and gay liberation, this moment gives me serious pause.
"On one level, I recognize how this is a highly charged political throw down between two oppressed groups that rarely get the national microphone. I then worry about activists, regardless of their political stripes, disrespecting Mrs. Obama more than other first ladies." He added, "But then I also worry about Ellen Sturtz who tried to have her voice heard when it seemed like no one was listening," and that "heckling formed a crucial, if ill-mannered, form of political discourse since the founding of the nation. . . ."
Amy Alexander Community Forum: So Much for Sisterhood: On Liberal White Lesbians, Entitlement and Benign Racism
Michael H. Cottman, Black America Web: Michelle Obama in Standoff With Heckler: 'I Don’t Care What You Believe'
Lauren Rankin, PolicyMic: White Lady Heckles Michelle Obama -- What Happens Next is Something Black Women Know All Too Well
Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post: Jay Carney: Michelle Obama Handled Heckler 'Brilliantly'
A buyout offer from the New York Post accomplished this week what years of complaints could not: Remove cartoonist Sean Delonas from its ranks.
Delonas is best known for his 2009 drawing that some said compared President Obama with a chimpanzee -- a charge Delonis denied. But that wasn't the only time Delonis has caused offense. "With the support of the editor in chief, the cartoonist Sean Delonas has published numerous vile cartoons tinged with racism," Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, said during the 2009 uproar. Lawsuits accusing the Post of newsroom discrimination and citing that cartoon are still pending.
Last year, Delonas weighed in on a controversy over WNBC-TV's failure to renew the contract of its longtime anchor Sue Simmons.
His creation showed the NBC peacock smoking a cigarette after emerging from the bedroom of Simmons' soon-to-be successor, Shiba Russell, who is shown topless in bed. Simmons, in the doorway, begs for her job back.
During last year's presidential campaign, another cartoon depicted GOP candidate Mitt Romney as an angry white man on horseback chasing down a terrified skinny black man fleeing on foot -- and the Romney figure aiming an assault rifle and attached bayonet at the Obama figure's backside.
"The cartoon clearly evokes an image from the Old South of an overseer or slave catcher chasing down a runaway slave," Dennis King and Geraldine Pauling, described as interpreters of code language and political cartoons, wrote for a Lyndon LaRouche website.
Gawker compiled what it considered Delonas' most outrageous cartoons in 2009, but blogger Erica C Barnett declared, "they didn't dig deep enough, so I came up with a list of my own.
"So, for the record, here's a (presumably noncomprehensive) noncomprehensive list of groups Delonas hates/considers worthy of mockery," Barnett continued, naming "the womenz, the gays, the blacks, the fatties, the handicapped, the oldsters, and the blind. Given that list, I'm thinking Delonas' only audience is, what, angry white male misanthropes with body anxiety and mommy issues? . . ." Barnett wrote for a feminist blog.
Delonas and Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allen, to whom Delonas reported, did not respond to requests for comment, so it could not be learned whether Delonas would continue to work as a freelancer. His cartoons appeared on the "Page Six" gossip page.
The New York Post aimed to reduce its headcount by 10 percent through the buyout packages, Joe Pompeo reported May 9 for capitalnewyork.com. "Allan also indicated the paper could achieve the 10-percent reduction through 'other measures if necessary,' suggesting that layoffs are possible if not enough employees accept the buyouts, Pompeo wrote. He added on May 16 that "A list of around 10 Post journalists who are said to have been offered buyouts has been circulating among veterans of the tabloid. Those on the list are mostly older, longtime reporters and editors. . . ."
Delonas joined the Post in 1990 and was 46 when he said in a 2006 Post profile by Bill Hoffmann, "This enraged woman once said to me, 'You are the biggest sleazebag,' and I just started laughing, and the more I laughed, the madder she got. I can't believe anybody gets upset at what I do."
The 2009 chimp cartoon attempted to create a punchline out of Obama's economic stimulus package and a 200-pound chimp that went berserk in Stamford, Conn., and was shot by a police officer after attacking a woman. The police officer says, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."
Critics linked the cartoon to historic attempts to associate black people with monkeys, but Delonas said in a brief comment read by anchor Kyra Phillips on CNN, "Do you really think I'm saying Obama should be shot? I didn't see that in the cartoon. It's about the economic stimulus bill. If you're going to make that about anybody, it would be [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, which it's not."
Many were not mollified. After demonstrations and protests, media baron Rupert Murdoch, owner of the Post, issued a statement that called the cartoon "a mistake. We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted."
Activists said they would proceed with plans to use government agencies to challenge Murdoch's company on media consolidation and diversity issues. But those challenges failed, and Delonas kept drawing.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke, New York Observer: Myron Rushetzky is Leaving The New York Post
Kyra Phillips with Al Sharpton and Jeff Johnson, CNN: Monkey cartoon draws fire (video) (Feb. 18, 2009)
Maria Sacchetti, Boston Globe: Mass. pair sues New York Post over Marathon bombing portrayal
Adam Serwer, American Prospect: Sean Delonas, Envelope Pusher. (Feb. 24, 2009)
A fixture behind Univision's anchor desk for 26 years, the silver-haired, blue-eyed Jorge Ramos has been called the Spanish-language Walter Cronkite, a trusted source of news. But he is more than that for his viewers, including some of the 11 million immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally or overstayed their visas, Meg James wrote Monday for the Los Angeles Times.
"Ramos makes no apologies for his or Univision's forceful stance.
" 'Our position is clearly pro-Latino or pro-immigrant,' he said. 'We are simply being the voice of those who don't have a voice.'
"Supporters say Ramos is continuing a long tradition in ethnic media of fighting to correct social unfairness. . . ."
"Immigration policy was on the national agenda in February as the political system responded to a reform plan released by a bipartisan group of eight senators, and President Barack Obama highlighted immigration in his February 12 State of the Union address," Eunji Kim wrote Friday for Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting.
"The month's media coverage gives us a glimpse of what to expect from the public debate as the immigration issue takes center stage -- and it's far from reassuring.
"Extra! analyzed immigration reform coverage in the Nexis news media database for all ABC, CBS and NBC news programs, as well as the PBS NewsHour, CNN's Situation Room, Fox News' Special Report and MSNBC's Hardball for the full month. The study found 54 reports pertaining to immigration policy, featuring a total of 157 sources.
"The majority of sources from all networks were white male politicians born in the United States without personal ties to immigration. The voices of immigrants or activists were mostly absent. . . ."
Esther J. Cepeda, Washington Post Writers Group: Nothing to drink to
Sandra Hernandez, Los Angeles Times: Immigration reform: The five most important issues (photo gallery)
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: Mexico's stained image
Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, HuffPost LatinoVoices: Hispanics and Television News Media: Standing on the Outside Looking In
Blacks and Hispanics own smartphones in greater proportions than whites, with blacks sharply preferring Androids over iPhones, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project reported Wednesday.
"For the first time since the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project began systematically tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind," Aaron Smith wrote for Pew. "Our definition of a smartphone owner includes anyone who says 'yes' to one--or both--of the following questions:
55% of cell phone owners say that their phone is a smartphone.
58% of cell phone owners say that their phone operates on a smartphone platform common to the U.S. market.
"Taken together, 61% of cell owners said yes to at least one of these questions and are classified as smartphone owners. Because 91% of the adult population now owns some kind of cell phone, that means that 56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters. One third (35%) have some other kind of cell phone that is not a smartphone, and the remaining 9% of Americans do not own a cell phone at all. . . ."
Pew surveyed 1,571 non-Hispanic whites, 252 non-Hispanic blacks and 249 Hispanics. Fifty-three percent of whites, 64 percent of blacks and 60 percent of Hispanics said they owned smartphones.
Twenty-five percent of all respondents said their phone was an iPhone, and 28 percent said it was an Android.
Among whites, the figure was 27 percent iPhone, 26 percent Android; blacks, 16 percent iPhone, 42 percent Android; and among Hispanics, 26 percent iPhone and 27 percent Android.
Reporting on Monday's meeting between Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and representatives of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Unity: Journalists for Diversity, Walt Swanston, interim executive director of Unity, said in a statement Wednesday:
"Holder said he is open to journalists weighing in on how best to update" the guidelines his office uses to gather information about media outlet leaks "and encourages members of the media to send comments and suggestions to his office by the end of June. Anyone wishing to submit comments may send them to Ms. Nanda Chitre, deputy director, Office of Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Margaret Richardson, Counselor to Attorney General, Executive Branch Relations, U.S. Department of Justice, at Margaret.Richardson@usdoj.gov. . . . "
NAHJ President Hugo Balta, who was present along with Swanston and Anna Lopez Buck, NAHJ executive director, told his members, "NAHJ accepted [Holder's] proposal for members to submit ideas on policy changes. I hope many of you take advantage of this opportunity. We will provide more details later this week. . . ."
The hour-long meeting at the Justice Department took place without the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service, all of which declined an invitation because it was presented as off the record.
"Although originally billed as 'off the record,' Mr. Holder quickly agreed to have the meeting on the record," Balta wrote.
On Facebook, a member of NAJA commented, "I also respect the UNITY administration's decision to be there, though I do believe some explanation is overdue for the reasoning since the majority of the groups [that are members of Unity] did not attend."
Asked about that, Swanston referred Journal-isms to this statement in the Unity release: "Although other journalism groups turned down Holder's invitation, we felt it was important as a historic coalition representing diverse and underrepresented journalists to hear his explanation for the actions we had previously criticized."
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian, Britain: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily
Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times: Justice Department Defends Holder's Testimony
Ryan J. Reilly, Huffington Post: Eric Holder: Media Probe Got 'A Little Out Of Whack'
David Swerdlick, theRoot: Is Eric Holder Really a Liability for Obama?
The attorney general told journalists of color how he would have conducted the DOJ's media leak investigations in hindsight.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told visiting journalists of color Monday that if the Justice Department had to conduct its recent leak investigations over again, it would give news organizations notice "so as not to give the impression that journalists were feeling criminalized and the target of the investigation," according to Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Balta attended the meeting with Holder and his aides along with Anna Lopez Buck, executive director of NAHJ, and Walt Swanston, interim executive director of Unity: Journalists for Diversity.
The hour-long meeting at the Justice Department took place without the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service, all of which declined an invitation because it was billed as off the record.
On social media, some of these groups' members derided the meeting as a publicity stunt or "photo op" intended to help Holder "cover his ass" in light of the criticism he received from members of the media. (A Justice Department spokeswoman said no photos had been taken.)
However, Balta told Journal-isms by telephone after the meeting, Holder quickly agreed that the session could be on the record. "It was a very positive, constructive meeting," Balta said.
"He felt the perception was that his team was going after the reporters when he was really going after the leakers, and he did not want to give the impression that his office feels journalists were a target."
Balta said that he suggested that in the name of inclusion, any Justice Department materials provided the news media be available in Spanish for Spanish-language media, and that Holder "was open to that," Balta said.
Moreover, the NAHJ president invited Holder to NAHJ's summer convention, adding that he would create a means for NAHJ members to make comments directly to the Justice Department as it reviews its guidelines for leak investigations. The NAHJ convention will be part of the annual Excellence in Journalism Conference Aug. 24-26 in Anaheim, Calif., which is staged with the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Journalists, media organizations and others were alarmed when the Associated Press disclosed on May 13 that the Justice Department had seized records for 20 separate phone lines over a two-month period as part of a leak investigation.
Also at issue is the Justice Department's monitoring of James Rosen, a Fox News reporter based in Washington. Rosen allegedly spoke to Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a State Department contractor, for a story about North Korea's nuclear program.
The Justice Department charged Kim with violating the Espionage Act for his contact with Rosen, whose reporting disclosed that the United States had a source in the Korean leadership. In order to justify its search warrants for Rosen's private correspondence, the Justice Department labeled Rosen a "co-conspirator" with Kim because he made an arrangement with him about how to get him information, the Washington Post reported.
However, as PBS' Gwen Ifill noted on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, no journalist has been prosecuted.
On May 23, President Obama ordered a review of the Justice Department's procedures for legal investigations involving reporters, acknowledging that he was "troubled" that multiple inquiries into national security leaks could chill investigative reporting, as Mark Landler reported then for the New York Times.
Later that day, the Justice Department announced that "As part of that review, the Attorney General will consult a diverse and representative group of media organizations. . . ."
Holder's message on Monday appeared to track with what he told representatives of news organizations at meetings last week, when a number of news outlets similarly boycotted in protest of the off-the-record stipulation.
Charlie Savage wrote for the New York Times after the first meetingThursday:
Savage quoted an unnamed adviser familiar with the deliberations as saying the early discussions "had focused on whether to tighten the rule about giving advance notice to news organizations before their records are subpoenaed, allowing them to negotiate over its scope or challenge it in court.
"The current rule for calling log subpoenas says that prior notice and negotiations 'shall be pursued in all cases' where a high-level official 'determines that such negotiations would not pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation.' It is ambiguous whether that means prior notification is the general presumption or the exception.
"There are signs that the government has been lately interpreting the rule to avoid notifying journalists, including subpoenas for call logs of The A.P. and Fox News reporters that came to light this month," Savage wrote. "For example, the investigation into an The A.P. article about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen was public knowledge, and the records were held by a phone company, so it is not clear how advance notice to The A.P. could have posed a threat. . . ."
Holder told Monday's guests that he had found the three days of sessions with the news media, which are to continue, very useful in educating him about how news is gathered.
Balta said that it was "definitely well worth taking the invitation. I certainly understand and respect" the organizations that declined, but that he believed, "It's important for us to be at the table if we want to effect positive change."
Peter Baker, Charlie Savage and Jonathan Weisman, New York Times: Seeking a Fresh Start, Holder Finds a Fresh Set of Troubles
Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post: Targeting Eric Holder
Editorial, Los Angeles Times: Shielding journalists, by law
Chris Good, ABC News: Attorney General Eric Holder Tells Media Outlets Leak Guidelines Will Change (May 31)
Eugene Kane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Yes, Barack Obama has made mistakes (May 31)
Bill Keller, New York Times: Secrets and Leaks
Alex Lazar and Jordy Yager, the Hill: AP, Fox News not isolated First Amendment controversies for DOJ
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: Criminalizing journalism (May 29)
Brendan Nyhan, Columbia Journalism Review: No, the scandals aren’t dragging down Obama's ratings (yet)
Gail Shister, TVNewser: As Journalists Become the Story, Will the Rules Change?
Jeff Winbush blog: What If Eric Holder Held A Photo Op and Nobody Came?
The new Soul of the South television network, debuted on Memorial Day, plans daily coverage of the trial of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for second-degree-murder in the shooting of African American teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012.
Tom Jacobs, national news director of the African American-oriented network, said the coverage will begin on June 17, proceeding from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time. It will be anchored by Vickie Newton, a fixture in St. Louis for more than a decade when she left KMOV-TV last year to be closer to family in Arkansas. Soul of the South is headquartered in Little Rock.
Others on the news team are Willy Walker, national managing editor; Ray Metoyer, national planning director/coordinator; and Roy Hobbs, anchor. All are veterans, with more than 200 years' experience among them, Jacobs said.
Jacobs spoke on a conference call Monday with the other team members and offered the Zimmerman trial as an example of how the network would be different from others. "I don't know that the case has been covered as much as commented on," Jacobs said, adding that the network would bring a perspective without becoming advocates.
"There are so many stories of people who are making a difference," Metoyer added. "There are stories that are not being told that need to be told." Speaking of existing programming, Newton said, "The African American narrative is not just negative, yet that's what we've come to expect. What I've discovered is that African Americans appreciate good storytelling. All of that can be found at Soul of the South."
Jacobs said the network would include other people of color when appropriate. "We are primarily African American, but I don't want to ignore issues affecting Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans. If there are stories that intersect with what we are doing, we'll certainly report on that."
The network is still hiring journalists; Jacobs said job-hunters should check its website. The daily newscast, which is to air at 7 p.m. Central time, begins in mid-July. The Washington-based "Capital Eye" show, on political issues, is scheduled to start about Labor Day and "Morning Call," a two-hour morning show that will at first originate in Little Rock, then move to Washington, starts in mid-September. Newton is to be one of its co-anchors.
Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel: George Zimmerman trial death will bring media village, public-assembly area
Desiree Stennett, Orlando Sentinel: Trayvon Martin's parents expect 'rough road' at murder trial
"Newspaper people make decisions about what to cover and what to emphasize every day," Margaret Sullivan, public editor of the New York Times, wrote for Sunday's print edition. "They have finite resources -- only so much space in the paper, only so many reporters -- and they have to choose. In this context, one question I've been thinking about for several months is this: How well does The Times cover those who live in poverty and the news that affects them?
Sullivan continued, "Based on reading, interviewing and simply paying more attention, I've made some observations.
"First, when The Times does write about poverty -- whether in a special series or a long feature article -- it usually does so with depth and intelligence. The amount and intensity of the coverage, however, may not be in proportion to the size of the problem. One in six Americans live in poverty, and it's worse for children: one in five. In New York City, it is commonplace to see men and women sleeping on the street. Among the city's 8 million residents, 1.5 million don't have enough to eat; a third of those are children.
"Occasional coverage -- no matter how excellent -- doesn't get the job done.
"The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that in 52 major mainstream news outlets, including The Times, combined coverage of poverty amounted to far less than 1 percent of all front-page articles. The Times may do better than some, but given New York City's high poverty rate and The Times's special responsibility as the nation's dominant paper, with the most plentiful resources, there should be more. . . ."
D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center: Americans' Views about Poverty and Economic Well-Being (Sept. 12, 2012)