Archives for September, 2017

Images of black women skew negative, study finds

Posted: Sept. 22, 2017 | Tags: African-Americans

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Photo by Angela Swartz, IRW

Dana Gills, Saidah Grimes, Erin Horne McKinney, Kendra Hatcher King, Charisse L'Pree Corsbie-Massay and Candace Queen discuss depictions of African-American women in the media.

WASHINGTON — Only 13 percent of African-American and Caucasian millennial women think African-American women are portrayed positively in the media.

That’s just one statistic from a new study on depictions of African-American women in advertising, news, reality TV and other media. 

“We’re in such a great time of black-girl magic. It’s not the best portrayals of us, but they’re multifaceted.” — Erin Horne McKinney, Black Female Founders

 

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Few seek media coverage of science news

Posted: Sept. 22, 2017 | Tags: journalism

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A majority of Americans receive their science news from general news outlets rather than specialty science sources, according to a new Pew Research Center report. But not many Americans receive science news at all.

Pew surveyed 4,024 adults from May 30 to June 12 to see who was getting scientific news and where they were getting it from. About one-third of Americans come across science news a few times a week. Another 30 percent intentionally seek it out. But only 17 percent do both. 

Senior Researcher Jeffrey Gottfried said the frequent mentioning of science in political debates ...

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What we're reading: Books and more

Posted: Sept. 14, 2017 | Tags: journalism

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Illustration by Sydney Ling, IRW

 

What we're reading this month: longer books, six-chapter investigative series and essays. Highly recommended from our new interns:

How Does a 10-Year-Old Boy End Up Hanging to Death?

by Julia Prodis Sulek for San Jose Mercury News

A 10-year-old boy found dead in a San Martin, California, barn bedevils his family. A sheriff's department reopens the case 25 years later. In six chapters, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Julia Prodis Sulek reveals the trauma, psychology and misinformation surrounding the 1989 hanging of Joshua Sean Klaver. 

Sulek's writing, wed with podcast segments, film work and ...

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