"An Anti-Racist Future." A VERY challenging open letter from public radio employees calling for reform. The tone: all patience is gone.

"We hope to tear down public radio in order to build it back up. We don’t critique our industry because we hate it, but because we love it..."
"White supremacist culture and anti-Blackness shape the policies, norms, and standards of public radio. They determine whose opinions are valued, whose voices are heard, whose stories are told and taken seriously, who is promoted, and whose resume never gets a second glance."
"It’s time for a new kind of journalism: anti-racist journalism." celesteheadlee.medium.com/an-anti-racist…
"Historically, Black on-air talent are told their dialect and speaking voices do not fit the public radio prototype. There is a strong bias against journalists who have a distinct ethnic or regional tone in their vocal delivery."
"Every person brings their own experience and perspective into the newsroom, which informs the work they do. The opinions of reporters, editors, and producers in the industry shape what stories are published, and how they sound... The pursuit of objectivity denies this reality."
"Where these forms of accountability don’t happen voluntarily, they can and will happen through community organizing, protest, sit-ins, walk-outs, encouraging donors to withhold funds, and other forms of confrontation and divestment." celesteheadlee.medium.com/an-anti-racist…

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11 Jan
January 6 was one of the worst attacks on civil order in American history.

Have any of these given a briefing and answered questions yet?

Capitol Police
DC Police
Secret Service
Homeland Security
National Guard
Secretary of Defense
Vice President
White House
I am informed by several people that the DC Mayor held a press briefing. rev.com/blog/transcrip…
The FBI gave a briefing Friday, Jan. 8, referred to here: buzzfeednews.com/article/craigs…
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9 Jan
After the siege these would be my newsroom priorities:

* What's going on behind the scenes to get him out.
* More sieges at state capitals and in DC before Jan. 20
* How could the Capitol have been left undefended?
* If this had been Black people gathering...


My post siege story priorities, cont.

* Who planned this? What drove these events?
* The investigation: Where are we on the arrests?
* U.S. military reacts to an unstable commander
* Tech platforms recoil at a world they helped create


My post siege story list, cont.

* When prophecy fails: where Q and Trump cults go now * Frankenstein hour for some in the GOP while others re-commit to the crazy
* Experts in authoritarian rule on the dangers in a crumbling regime's final days
* ...

What's on your list?

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31 Dec 20
As part of my own look back at 2020, I want to share these thoughts about an essay I wrote twelve years ago, in which I got some things right and one thing — a big thing — disastrously wrong. If authors getting big stuff wrong interests you, then this thread might too. 1/
In January of 2009, I published at my site: "Audience Atomization Overcome: Why the Internet Weakens the Authority of the Press." archive.pressthink.org/2009/01/12/ato… It was one of my most successful posts. But it had a flaw that I now consider fatal. This thread is the story of that flaw. 2/
Most of that 2009 post was my attempt to introduce a different way of thinking about the political influence of journalists, beyond critiques of bias and constructs like "working the refs." I found it in a simple diagram from media scholar @danielchallin. Here's a screenshot. 3/ Image
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24 Nov 20
Facebook engineers proposed a feature to notify users when they had shared false news items. "But that was vetoed by policy executives who feared it would disproportionately show notifications to people who shared false news from right-wing websites." nytimes.com/2020/11/24/tec…
An algorithm Facebook developed to demote so-called 'hate bait'... "was limited to being used only on groups, rather than pages, after the policy team determined that it would primarily affect right-wing publishers if it were applied more broadly." nytimes.com/2020/11/24/tec…
@kevinroose @MikeIsaac @sheeraf Thank you for this illuminating report. I had one question: whether idealists vs. pragmatists is really the right pair of terms here. Trying to limit misinformation and polarizing content seems quite "pragmatic" to me. Not doing so sounds illusory.
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28 Oct 20
One of the most loathsome genres in this election cycle: the "people on both sides think the other is going to steal the election" — also known as a "dueling realities" — story. From the home of this kind of journalism, @nprpolitics. npr.org/2020/10/28/928… Key word: BOTH SIDES.
When I call "dueling realities" a genre, I'm not kidding. Here's another one from the spiritual home of this kind of journalism, @NPR, where a balanced treatment of an unbalanced reality doesn't count as disortion.

Via @airbagmoments npr.org/2020/10/27/928…
The Washington Post with another one. Notice the symmetry between "the worry on the right that a Democratic win would plunge the nation into catastrophic socialism and the fear on the left that a Trump victory would produce a turn toward totalitarianism." washingtonpost.com/politics/end-o…
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17 Oct 20
Here's a fun thread for journalism junkies, newspaper lovers and history buffs.

I had the help of one of my Twitter followers, @BalanceTheCheck, who collected the names of hundreds of newspapers (The Herald, The Star, The Enquirer, etc.) which he put into a spreadsheet... 1/
...Then we tried to categorize them by putting together titles that felt similar, like The Guardian and The Defender, which rely on a common image of protection.

Final step: write a short description of the categories, and add the newspaper names that exemplify it. 2/
From several hundred newspaper names — with many duplicates, of course — we wound up with 18 separate types. I'm going to bring them to you, with examples. But first I have to concede: categorization is an iffy art. There is no "right" way to do it, and decisions are arguable! 3/
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