Newsroom Diversity Not Going to "Get Better"
Thanks to the Asian American Journalists Association, AAJA, we have new evidence exposing a dirty little secret about the news business in this country: Newsrooms in America do not reflect the readers they serve. Ok, it's not really a secret but it might as well be given the utter lack of attention this issue gets. And it certainly doesn't get much news coverage. The report posted by AAJA, "Missed deadline: The delayed promise of newsroom diversity," details the results of a
Where News Comes From Matters (Part 2)
We probably don’t know where our tomatoes come from anymore than where our bread is baked or where our chickens are raised. As consumers we stopped asking those questions long ago – not because it doesn’t matter – but probably because it became too complicated to understand. And really, as long as it was affordable, easy to get and (we hope) safe, we probably stopped caring. The same now goes for our news and information. We can plug into any one of thousands of “streams” of
Digital Video Production - A New Workforce Tool for Cities
Remember cable access TV shows? They provided local audiences some of the most interesting, entertaining and also boring and sometimes silly programming we ever saw. I specifically remember a talk show where sock puppets interviewed each other about political affairs, a cooking show where the chef seemed either drunk or high, and a wonderful program about art history taught by a nun. Nutty or not, these programs also gave communities valuable broadcast airtime to discuss loca
The Power of Our Story
“Movements have narratives. They tell stories, because they are not just about rearranging economics and politics. They also rearrange meaning. And they’re not just about redistributing the goods. They’re about figuring out what is good.” — Marshall Ganz The Next American Media Makers is not simply about digital production – there are many programs that can teach students how to use video and audio technology. Our program teaches students the power of storytelling – how crea