Spicer, O’Reilly Spawn #BlackWomenAtWork

2 Black Employees File Complaint Against Fox News

Omarosa Manigault Walks Out on Black Press

Almost 50 Years Ago, the News Industry Was Called Out on Race. How Should That Be Commemorated?

Wall St. Journal Staffers Want Diverse Management

Univision Says GOP Is Shunning Network

Gannett Cuts Newsrooms at 3 Tennessee Papers

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April Ryan, left, asks White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, right, what the administration does to revamp its image. He asked her, "please stop shaking your head." (Credit: CNN)

In an exchange Tuesday, April Ryan, left, asks White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, right, what the administration plans to do to revamp its image. Spicer replies, “Please stop shaking your head again.” (Credit: CNN)

Spicer, O’Reilly Spawn #BlackWomenAtWork

Only a few hours apart on Tuesday, two black women were confronted by white, male public figures in exchanges that many viewed as demeaning and disparaging,” Samantha Schmidt reported Wednesday for the Washington Post.

“First, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday seemed to criticize Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) because of her appearance — comparing her hair to a ‘James Brown wig,’ for which he later apologized.

“And in a press briefing later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told veteran reporter April Ryan to ‘Please, stop shaking your head again.’

“Their words provoked angry reactions on Twitter and made headlines on cable news shows. But to many women, the comments were not all that surprising.

“One of these women was Hillary Clinton. In a speech Tuesday afternoon, Clinton spoke of everyday sexism and structural barriers that are sometimes hard to spot but unmistakably present.

“ ‘Just look at all that’s happened in the last two days to women who were simply doing their jobs,’ she said in her remarks at the Professional BusinessWomen of California conference in downtown San Francisco. She spoke of Ryan being ‘patronized’ and cut off while asking a question. And she mentioned Waters, who ‘was taunted with a racist joke about her hair.’

“ ‘Too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride,’ Clinton said. ‘But why should we have to. And any woman who thinks this couldn’t be directed at her is living in a dream world.’

“Ryan arrived home later that day to hear the news from her daughters: ‘Did you see Hillary Clinton?’ they asked.

“ ‘And I was like “no,” and I saw it and I couldn’t believe it,’ Ryan said, speaking on CNN. ‘I was shocked.’ She later tweeted: ‘Preach @HillaryClinton!!!’

“Black women across social media sounded off in support of Ryan and Waters, sharing their own experiences in the workplace. Brittany Packnett urged women to use the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork . . .”

2 Black Employees File Complaint Against Fox News

Days after it went public that Fox News Channel fired finance executive Judith Slater for ‘abhorrent behavior,’ two employees have filed a complaint against Slater as well as 21st Century Fox and Fox News,” Chris Ariens reported Wednesday for TVNewser.

“The complaint says ‘Fox permitted Slater to subject Plaintiffs and other dark-skinned employees to a racially hostile work environment without fear of punishment or reprisal.’

“Lawyers for Tichaona Brown, who works as a payroll manager, and Tabrese Wright, who is payroll coordinator, say Fox’s notification of Slater’s termination came only after Fox was made aware of this pending suit. ‘The leak was on a Friday, a day notoriously used to bury stories,’ the complaint states. Slater was let go Feb. 28, but that wasn’t publicly revealed until last Friday. . . .”

Trump aide Omarosa Manigault,, left, listens to a question from reporter Hazel Trice Edney. (Credit: Shevry Lassiter)

Trump aide Omarosa Manigault, left, listens to a question from reporter Hazel Trice Edney. (Credit: Shevry Lassiter)

Omarosa Manigault Walks Out on Black Press

Omarosa Manigault, President Donald Trump’s director of communications for public liaison, walked out of a breakfast meeting she had requested to attend, hosted by the National Newspaper Publishers Association last week after disputing the accuracy of a story written by this reporter in January,” Hazel Trice Edney reported Tuesday for her TriceEdneyWire.com.

“The sudden move by the minister and reality star clearly shocked NNPA members and their guests in the March 23 meeting; especially since Manigault had called the chair of the historic group the night before and ‘asked to attend’, according to NNPA Chair Denise Rolark Barnes. Plus, during opening remarks, Manigault had praised Black journalists for historically asking ‘the tough questions’.

“Manigault became agitated after this reporter asked a question following up on a story published under her byline for the Trice Edney News Wire Jan. 8. The story quoted civil rights lawyer Barbara Arnwine as stating that Manigault promised the ‘first interview’ with Trump to NNPA President Benjamin Chavis during a Jan. 4 Trump transition team meeting with Black leaders.

“Manigault doesn’t dispute having promised the interview. However, she was incensed because the story said she promised Chavis ‘the first’ interview. . . .”

The Kerner Commission report was issued March 1, 1968,

The Kerner Commission report was issued on March 1, 1968.

Almost 50 Years Ago, the News Industry Was Called Out on Race. How Should That Be Commemorated?

It will be 50 years next March since the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission, shook the news media with its declaration that “the journalistic profession has been shockingly backward in seeking out, hiring, training, and promoting Negroes.”

The Kerner report also said, “News organizations must employ enough Negroes in positions of significant responsibility to establish an effective link to Negro actions and ideas and to meet legitimate employment expectations.”

The report led to training programs for journalists of color and increased hiring. In 1978, the American Society of News Editors 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. The 2000 goal was not met, but “diversity” is now part of industry language and outreach efforts continue. Ethnic diversity now also includes Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

How should the news industry commemorate this 50-year milestone?

Richard Prince, author of “Journal-isms” and a member of ASNE’s Diversity Committee, is submitting ideas to the organization and would like to include those from readers.

Please send to journal-isms-owner (at) yahoogroups.com by Friday, April 21.

Chapter 15 of the Kerner Commission report, “The News Media and the Disorders,” is here.

A brief summary of Chapter 15 is here [PDF]. (Go to Chapter 15)

In the 2015 video "Why Women Get Different Feedback at Work" and an accompanying series about women in the workplace, the Wall Street Journal explains gender biases in professional settings.

In the 2015 video “Why Women Get Different Feedback at Work” and an accompanying series about women in the workplace, the Wall Street Journal explains gender biases in professional settings. (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Wall St. Journal Staffers Want Diverse Management

Reporters and editors at The Wall Street Journal have signed a letter to management expressing concern about the roles of women and people of color in the newsroom,” Nathan McAlone reported Tuesday for Business Insider.

” ‘Diversity in the newsroom is good for business and good for our coverage,’ says the letter, which was obtained by Business Insider. ‘We would like to see The Journal undertake a more comprehensive, intentional and transparent approach to improving it.’

“The letter comes at a time of dissent at The Journal, when leadership has been internally criticized for being soft on President Donald Trump, and over a year after the employees’ union published details of pay disparities in the newsroom.

“The letter is addressed to The Journal’s editor in chief, Gerard Baker, and his deputy, Matt Murray. It was signed by 160 staffers, one person told Business Insider, although that number couldn’t be independently verified. This person said they didn’t know when the letter was delivered but that it was expected to have been handed to management on Tuesday morning.

” ‘Our highest-ranking female role model left the company earlier this year,’ the letter says, alluding to Rebecca Blumenstein, the 22-year Journal veteran and deputy editor in chief who left for The New York Times in February. ‘There are currently four women and eight men listed as deputy managing editors, and both editorial page editors are men. Nearly all the people at high levels at the paper deciding what we cover and how are white men.’ . . .”

Colleen Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the Journal, told Journal-isms by email Wednesday, “The Wall Street Journal’s editorial leadership is committed to fostering and developing a highly successful and welcoming workplace that provides the best possible opportunities for all journalists, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.”

The Journal’s first African American assistant managing editor sued the newspaper for $5 million in 2004, “charging she was marginalized, then laid off due to race,” as Robert Gearty reported at the time for the Daily News in New York.

The editor, Carolyn Phillips, told Journal-isms by email a year ago, “My lawsuit against Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal settled out-of-court in late May 2010, about two weeks before a June 7th trial date. By then, of course, Dow Jones had been bought by News Corp. and many key players had retired and/or otherwise left the company. Even opposing counsel changed at the end, as did the judge who would have heard the case. . . .”

Phillips also wrote that “my own post-journalistic life is good, filled with meaningful non-profit work in forest conservation and part-time employment at S&P Global in Charlottesville, VA. I hear often from former news industry colleagues and do what I can to encourage their endeavors or advise them as they move to new things.”

Univision Says GOP Is Shunning Network

Enrique Acevedo

Enrique Acevedo

After a year of feuding with Donald Trump, Univision is finding that Republicans are unwilling to appear on the network, according to Enrique Acevedo, the anchor spearheading Univision’s coverage of the Trump administration,” Hadas Gold reported Monday for Politico.

Roland Martin

Roland Martin

“Acevedo said GOP members of Congress — save for those who represent the Miami area, where Univision is headquartered and is particularly strong — have been avoiding the network, the nation’s largest Spanish language platform, since inauguration day.

” ‘It’s happened more since the inauguration. It’s harder to get access to Republicans than it is to get access to Democrats and I understand why that is. Republicans think they have more to lose going on Univision,” Acevedo said, citing his attempts to get Republican senators like Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on the air. ‘If we get an answer, which is an exception, the answer is: ‘It’s a busy week, they’re not doing media,’ and then we see them on Fox or CNN.’ . . .”

Roland Martin, host and managing editor of “NewsOneNow” on TVOne, had previously complained about a similar difficulty in booking GOP guests.

“The last GOP member we had on was Rep. Bill Flores [R-Texas]. He has consistently come on, and that is really a result of the both of us being Texas A&M graduates,” Martin said by email on Monday.

“We routinely call a lot of GOP members, and have extended open invites to the House Republican Conference with no results.”

Gannett Cuts Newsrooms at 3 Tennessee Papers

Mark Russell

Mark Russell

The Commercial Appeal newsroom got around 30 percent smaller Tuesday, March 28, as a result of cuts made by the newspaper’s still relatively new corporate parent, Gannett Co. Inc.,” Andy Meek reported Wednesday for the Daily News in Memphis.

“The cuts — involving 20 positions out of a newsroom of 64, according to one staffer’s figure — were part of a reduction in newsrooms essentially statewide that Gannett implemented Tuesday, including cuts at the Knoxville News-Sentinel, The Tennessean and Murfreesboro’s The Daily News Journal. . . .”

Mark Russell, news director (called managing editor until last year) of the Commercial Appeal, told Journal-isms by email Wednesday, “I am moving to a new role as opinion and engagement editor for the USA Today Network — Tennessee.

“In addition to handling duties in Memphis, where I will remain based, I will oversee opinion and engagement editors in Nashville and Knoxville.

“I am looking forward to the new challenge and leading community conversations.”

Tonyaa Weathersbee, recruited to the Commercial Appeal as a local columnist last fall, continues in that role, he said.

At the Tennessean in Nashville, David Plazas, the opinion editor who has been a student project mentor and leader for Unity: Journalists for Diversity and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, said he was not affected by the cuts.

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Art Shibayama and his friend, Blanca Katsura.

Art Shibayama and his friend, Blanca Katsura. (Courtesy: Phil Tajitsu Nash)

Bill Minor in 1956

Bill Minor in 1956 (Credit: Frank Noone)

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