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Bailey Jean Matheson’s obituary inspires us to live, ’35 years may not seem long, but damn it was good!’

Bailey Jean Matheson died earlier this month of cancer. Two years ago when she found out she had cancer, she decided to make several major decisions that she shared in self-written obituary.

My parents gave me the greatest gift of supporting my decisions with not going through chemo and just letting me live the rest of my life the way I believed it should be.

I didn’t know Bailey, but her death made me think of the recent deaths of my dear friends, Laura Brigante and Ana Real. I thought they would be around for a long time. Their deaths and Bailey’s obituary reminded me that we cannot predict where our lives are headed or when they will come to an end. We must enjoy our lives now.

Surround yourself with good people. Do a job that you love and make sure the people around you support you and not bring you down. If it’s toxic, leave and find something else.

Use your talents to help others. Volunteering is a good thing.

Don’t worry about what other’s think. Don’t let fear hold you back from taking a chance or speaking up.

Stop worrying about money. You can always live off rice, frijoles (beans) and tortillas.  Stop trying to keep up with the Kardashians.

Laugh today and love with all your heart.

Find some kind of spiritual nourishment. Yes, I believe in God. Remember you are never alone. If you’re on my social media, you know I keep it real. I follow my own advice.

Feel free to share this message with someone who needs some inspiration today.

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KPIX TV News Crew is robbed on assignment, but an armed security guard fights back

An armed security guard for KPIX-TV is recovering from a gunshot, after he and the crew he was protecting were robbed at gunpoint.  Reporter Joe Vazquez and his photographer were covering the Oakland teachers strike when they were approached by two thugs.

Joe wrote on Facebook:

Thank you, friends, for your well wishes. Our guard was shot today in Oakland while we were on assignment covering the Oakland teachers strike. We believe his wounds are not life threatening, thank God. Photographer John Anglin was robbed at gunpoint. John quickly backed away from the camera and tripod and took cover inside the live truck, warning me to stay down. Gunshots rang out. Then more gunshots. Our guard believes he may have wounded the robber, but we are still working to confirm that. They got away with our camera and tripod. John and I are shaken up, but are otherwise fine. Thank you to KPIX colleagues for all your kind words.

UPDATE: After a high-speed chase that ended up in a crash, police arrested a suspect. Another suspect walked into Highland Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He is also under arrest. Most importantly, the security guard is going to be OK. Talked to him tonight, and he is in good spirits surrounded by family and friends. I thanked him profusely for protecting us.

Joe is a friend. I am glad to know that he and his crew are doing as well as they can be under the circumstances. This is a reminder to all news crews especially MMJ’s (who travel alone) to be on the alert. Don’t be afraid to tell a producer or news director that you don’t feel safe at a location where you can become an easy robbery target.

Who would have ever imagined three adult men would be robbed in broad daylight. Joe was lucky he and his photographer had a security guard along on assignment. Just think what could have happened if they did not have that extra protection?

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Jorge Ramos, Univision anchor and crew detained in Venezuela after President Maduro gets upset over tough interview

Univision’s anchor Jorge Ramos is known as one of the best interviewers in the world. Monday, he was interviewing Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. Ramos had asked several tough questions. Eventually Maduro walked off. Soon Ramos and his crew found themselves detained and their equipment confiscated. He called Univision after he and his crew were freed more than two hours later.

I have translated what Ramos had to say into English. Posted below.

Translation:

We were detained for two hours inside the Palacio de Miaflores. We had an interview with leader, Nicolas Maduro. After a 17 minute interview, he didn’t like the things that we were asking over the lack of democracy in Venezuela and the torture of political prisoners. Over the humanitarian crisis that is happening. He got up from the interview after I showed him video of some people eating out of a garbage can. Shortly afterwards, one of his ministers, Jorge Rodriguez came to tell us the interview was not authorized and they took all our equipment. We have nothing. They kept the cameras. They kept all our equipment.

Anchor: And the material?

They kept the cards…yes, they have the interview. They took all our cellphones. I’m calling you from a cellphone that is not mine. We don’t have our equipment or the interview. This happened over a 2 1/2 hour period. They were interrogating us including producer, Maria Guzman. They put us in a secured room, turned off the lights, they grabbed our cellphones. They took our backpack. They kept many of our personal belongings. We just got back to our hotel. That is the situation.

This is the video that Ramos showed Maduro before he walked off. It shows several men picking through the trash looking for food in the back of a garbage truck. They’re starving. Ramos asked one of the men what he would say to Maduro. The guy responded, “As president you are useless. I’m from the streets. You’re useless, useless, useless. I want you to leave the country!.”

 

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NBC’s Tom Brokaw insults the Hispanic community, apologizes, and then claims, “I got your attention”

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“it worked! i got your attention. ‘night,” that’s how Tom Brokaw ended his day on Sunday after he angered many around the country.  His tweet makes you wonder does this former NBC anchorman even understand the magnitude of his insults on “Meet the Press.” He revealed his real feelings about Hispanics and mix marriages.

As usual, there were no Hispanic commentators or journalists at the table to push back. This is something I have addressed with moderator, Chuck Todd when I saw him in person at the Excellence in Journalism conference in September 2018. Fortunately,“PBS NewsHour” White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was there to respond to Brokaw’s comments.

 

Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro tweeted his disappointment at Brokaw, and gave him some history about “assimilating.”

 

Brokaw apologized on Twitter and kept tweeting. “My tweet portal is whack…”

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Tom Brokaw wanted our attention and he got it. Now, it’s time for NBC to let him retire for good. He’s out of touch with the Hispanic and immigrant community. Please don’t blame it on his old age.  It’s also time for NBC and “Meet the Press” to get serious about including Hispanic/Latinos in the conversation. With 58 MILLION Hispanics in this country, we should not be missing from the round table.

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Women who inspired at the 2019 Golden Globes: Regina King, Lady Gaga, Meher Tatna

Regina King won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by a Supportive Actress in a Film for her work in If Beal Street Could Talk.  On stage Sunday night, she challenged those with power and a platform to give more jobs to women.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded one million dollar grants to nonprofit journalism organizations: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Inside Climate News. The president of HFPA said it’s important to protect our freedoms.

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Lady Gaga took home a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for A Star is Born. On stage she thanked her male co-producers for their support in a tough music business.

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And an unknown water girl became the social media craze at the 2019 Golden Globes. The Fiji Water Girl gets the Golden Globe for “Best Photobomber” on the red carpet.

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You’re fired! Arkansas deputy gets his walking papers after caught on video shooting a dog

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Fox 16 is reporting that Faulkner County’s Sheriff has fired the deputy who was caught on video shooting a small dog in Arkansas. If you haven’t seen the video you may not want to see it, because it’s hard to watch.

Here is the other shocker in this story. The deputy, Keenan Wallace, was on the K9 Unit and had a police dog assigned to him.

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Sheriff Tim Ryals issued a statement Saturday night about the firing of Wallace. The sheriff said the deputy had numerous opportunities to de-escalate the situation.  Ryals said:

“As a result of the incident that occurred on January 4, 2019, in the Shiloh Estates Subdivision, Deputy Keenan Wallace has been relieved of his duties at the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.”

 

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Did the public’s outcry and anger on social media play a part in the Sheriff’s decision? We will never know, but no law enforcement agency likes bad press or an employee that puts them in a bad light.

Sheriff Ryals apologized to the public in his statement:

“Our Department is sadden about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening event. We will keep Reeses inour thoughts through the recovery process.”

Now the District Attorney’s office will investigate and decide if Wallace faces any criminal charges.

The dog called “Reeses” survived. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for his medical care. The Sheriff said in his statement, “We will keep Reeses in our thoughts through the recovery process.”

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Should the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department in Arkansas fire a deputy who shot a small dog on private property? Graphic video

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Let me just say this video is very hard to watch.  KARK-TV’s news director, Austin Kellerman   posted on LinkedIn about an Arkansas deputy who shot a small dog:

This disturbing video is sparking outrage on social media. What we know: a deputy in Central Arkansas shot a small dog Friday during what authorities labeled an aggressive animal call.

KFSM 5 News reported:

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an aggressive dog in the Shiloh Estates subdivision in Conway on Friday night and sent a deputy to the scene. During the incident, the deputy fired his weapon at the dog.

The “aggressive” dog the deputy feared and shot was a small chihuahua. Again this video is hard to watch.

Today the deputy is suspended with pay.  The Faulkner Sheriff’s Department is investigating. FYI, the homeowner attempted to get the officer’s name and badge number, but the deputy covered the number on his badge.

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Another officer showed up and told the homeowner that the deputy “had the right to protect himself” against the small dog. The Sheriff’s department issued a statement on its Facebook page, and it has gotten a lot of angry responses.

 

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None of this looks good for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department and people on Facebook and Twitter are letting the Sheriff know they’re not happy that a innocent dog was shot and the deputy just left her there to die.

Sheriff Ryals I’m a strong, emphatic supporter of law enforcement. That being said, after reviewing the video it’s appearent this is not a shooting of self defense or to protect the public from immenint danger. This was a result of someone losing their self control and acting with aggression to assert their dominance. Anything less than charges of animal cruelty and allowing this to be settled in a court of law will not allow true justice to be served.

Another said:

This officer is sick and should be fired before he can and will harm another human out of spite, obviously a very sick and twisted soul.

And yet another posted:

How about TRAINING the police officers better how to deal with animals. Although it does NOT seem he was ACTUALLY threatened by the dog….yes, it was more like he was being impulsive and spiteful. He should be fired… this is NOT the type of individual I would want walking around with a gun or with any sense that he is in charge of anything or anyone.

The dog called Reeses survived. It’s still confusing who owns the dog or who is taking care of her.  A GoFundMe account has been set up to pay for Reeses medical bills and care. Here’s hoping Reeses finally finds a forever family. The person who set up the GoFundMe claims Reeses was abandoned by a former neighbor.

Keep up with what the public has to say to the sheriff’s department on their Facebook page. Stay tuned.

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Keep it simple, be happy in 2019

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I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Every year my goal is to be happy. Are there things I can do better? Of course. Are there good changes I need to make in my life? That never stops. Are there people I need to spend more time with on a weekly or monthly basis? The list is long. Is there something I need to take on to grow my professional world? I’m always looking.

Keep it simple.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with goals.
Be spontaneous.
Meet new people.
Try something new.
Accept no one is perfect not even you.
Stop trying to keep up with the Kardashians.
Everyday write down your ideas, thoughts and accomplishments. You’ll see why.

Be happy!

Enjoy 2019.

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Sinclair fires Chattanooga reporter who is battling cancer

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A heartless move by Sinclair Broadcast Group that owns WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, TN. It fired WTVC reporter Alex George. The 22-year-old has been away from the station being treated for  a malignant tumor. Many of her fans and friends including talk radio host, Brian Joyce let Sinclair have it on Twitter.

 

Alex told her viewers on Twitter and Facebook that Sinclair decided to terminate her job.  It doesn’t look like anyone in management or Human Resources gave her a warning.

 I wanted to share that sadly I will not be returning to work at WTVC. It was not my decision and I had hoped to come back to Chattanooga to continue telling your stories. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for all the good wishes and prayers y’all have sent. A piece of my heart will always be with the people of Chattanooga. (Edit clarification* Hi all, I want to clarify for those who asked. I want to assure you that treatment is going incredibly well. The decision was not made by me it was Sinclair Broadcasting, they terminated my contract.

 

In May, Alex made her emotional announcement that she had cancer and wasn’t going to hide it from her viewers.

 

At the time Alex also thanked her news director .

Goodness gracious!  Thank you to my news director, Tom for everything. And the man behind the scenes making magic. Thank you. Thank you for your understanding and for everything you have done.

 

Many are wishing Alex well all over social media.

 

FACTS ABOUT SBG

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Sinclair Broadcast Group owns 193 television stations. (SBG Map)

In 2017, the American telecommunications company reported a revenue of 2.73 billion U.S. dollars. (Source: Statista.com)

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

SBG could afford to keep Alex George employed while she fights to get healthy.  Sinclair’s decision can’t be good for company morale, because it appears that profits matter more than people.

 

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Pregnant and disabled employees were fired or denied accommodations on the job, The Cato Corporation agrees to pay $3.5 million to settle EEOC case

catoThe Cato Corporation makes money off women who buy their clothing and accessories, but now they have to pay $3.5 million for mistreating pregnant employees and those with disabilities.  An EEOC investigation found the retailer of women’s fashion and accessories denied accommodations to certain pregnant employees or those with disabilities. The EEOC said Cato made employees take unpaid leaves of absence, and or fired them because of their disabilities.

According to the EEOC,

Failing to accommodate pregnant women with restrictions and limitations violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Denying employees with disabilities job modifications, leaves of absence or returns to work as reasonable accommodations violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The North Carolina company has agreed to pay $3.5 million. According to the EECO, the money will be distributed to employees who were fired because they were pregnant or had disabilities. The company has also agreed to revise its employment policies to more fully consider whether medical restrictions of its pregnant employees or those with disabilities can be reasonably accommodated.

The company will also conducted training to more than 10,000 employees and report to the EEOC for three years.  Julianne Bowman is the EEOC Chicago District Director. She said, ” Giving employees a job modification that allows them to continue working can be a critical reasonable accommodation for pregnant women or people with disabilities when they really need that paycheck.”eeoc

The EEOC said that this was a voluntary settlement by the Cato Corporation. Read more on the case at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Interesting facts about CATO Corporation:

  • The top executives are men and the majority of their board members are men too. >> Corporate Governance
  • The company made $842 million in sales in 2017 according to a letter to shareholders from John Cato, Chairman, President and CEO of the company.  2017 Annual Report 
  • Sales are down according to the company website’s News Releases:

    The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) today reported sales for the four weeks ended December 1, 2018 of $59.4 million, down 4% compared to sales of $62.2 million for the four week period ended November 25, 2017.  Same-store sales for the month decreased 6% compared to the four weeks ended December 2, 2017.

 

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Reporter Alicia Barrera makes the switch to English TV news, headed to KSAT 12 in San Antonio

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Alicia Barrera is doing something you don’t see happen much in television news.  The Emmy award-winning reporter is switching from Spanish-language news to English-language. She’s leaving Telemundo 40 and is headed to KSAT 12 in San Antonio. 

I met Alicia a few years ago and realized she is in television news for the right reasons.  It’s about news not about her being “on television.” Yes, some people get lost in that part of the business. 

I also admired she grew up with immigrant parents who made sure she learned how to speak proper Spanish.  It would come in handy when it was time to break into television news. 

Alicia started in English-language news in high school in North Texas when she was part of the Coppell High School news team. After graduation she went to study at Our Lady of the Lake University in the Alamo City. During an internship at the local Univision station she was able to stay on to do freelance work.  She later got a part-time job as a production assistant with Telemundo San Antonio while still a full-time student.  

She graduated from college in May 2015 and a month later she landed a full-time job as an MMJ at Telemundo 40.  For more than three years, Alicia covered a variety of breaking news stories on the border and also filled-in anchored. Along the way she won a few Lone Star Emmy awards. 

A few months ago, I heard KSAT news director, Bernice Kearney Bonner was looking for someone to fill a reporter’s job. I thought Alicia would be a great fit, but I wasn’t sure if she wanted to do English-language television.  Full transparency, Bernice and I have known each other since she was in college. She was my intern when I was at KENS-TV.
In 2018, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists honored Bernice with its presidential award. 

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My goal today is to get more Latinas in newsrooms around the country. We are still “missing in action” in English-language newsrooms everywhere.  I started the Facebook group, Latinas in Journalism to help open doors.  It’s a place where news managers can find Latina journalists from those coming out of college to veterans with several years under their belts. 

I asked Alicia if she was interested in going to San Antonio.  She knows how to shoot and edit her own stories. She does excellent  “Facebook Lives.” I thought I’m sure she can do it in English too. I asked Alicia to put together a video reel (audition video) in English and the rest worked out.  Alicia starts this month as a reporter at KSAT 12. 

I am not a TV agent. I’m just a freelance reporter who volunteered my time and efforts to help a fellow Latina journalist get a better opportunity with a top-notch boss. I hope I encourage other journalists to open doors for other in the business. News managers don’t know what they are missing if you don’t put the person in front of them. 

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National Adoption Day: Hundreds of children finally get a forever family

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Today judges are granting adoptions around the country.  On this National Adoption Day hundreds of children who have been waiting for a forever family finally have their wish come true.  Here are some of the tweets celebrating this special day.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, 156 children were adopted by 120 families this year in Mecklenburg County.

 

In Massachusetts, 136 children in foster homes got adopted.

 

In Dallas, 40 children were adopted and now have a forever family.

In Fulton County, Georgia there were 12 adoptions.

 

An adoption changes a child’s life. Listen to these children who found happiness when they were adopted.

Here are many more happy forever families.

 

 

 

 

While we celebrate all the adoptions today and this month, we must not forget that more than 400,000 children remain in foster homes around the country. Some may never have a forever family.

If you are interested in adopting a child, please head over to NationalAdoptionDay.org for more information and resources.

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Farmworkers work the fields in California’s Central Coast area while toxic smoke fills the air and raging fires surround them

This photo in my Twitter feed caught my attention. Farmworkers working the fields in California’s Central Coast region while toxic smoke filled the air and raging fires surrounded the area.

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CAUSE is a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants and farmworkers in California’s Central Coast region. Six days ago, members of CAUSE arrived at the fields to hand out masks to the workers. They needed masks to help filter out the smoke.

 

Handing out N95 masks with @MICOP805 to farmworkers working during the #Hillfire Please help out by donating to 805undocufund, to aid farmworkers that lose time off work and are often unable to apply for federal assistance because of immigration status.

Were the farmworkers forced to stay by the growers or did they choose to stay because they would lose pay for the day? I don’t know the answer yet, but I have asked CAUSE to give me some background.  I’ve been told the farmworkers are still out there today working the fields and conditions are not better.

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In one photo, you can see they pick artichokes for Ocean Mist Farms. I’ve sent Ocean Mist a tweet and Facebook message to find out who made the decision to keep the workers out in the fields under these conditions. I’ll let you know if and when the company responds.

Here’s more about CAUSE and its mission:

CAUSE’s mission is to build grassroots power to invoke social, economic and environmental justice for the people of California’s Central Coast Region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. CAUSE defines the Central Coast Region as the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito.

Meanwhile, CAUSE is working with MICOP , also known as The Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project. Both organizations are helping raise money for the farmworkers. The 805 Undocufund Donations will help immigrant families who are not covered by the federal government for disaster aid. Here’s more:

The 805 UndocuFund is a joint effort of immigrant-serving organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to provide disaster relief to local immigrant families who are excluded from federal aid programs like FEMA and Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Many immigrant families were affected including loss of homes and essential belongings with the destruction of farmworker housing and apartments, lost jobs as the houses where they cleaned, gardened, cooked, or cared for children were evacuated or destroyed, and lost wages as the only freeway between Ventura and Santa Barbara was severed by mudslides and outdoor air quality was hazardous for outdoor workers like farmworkers, landscapers and day laborers.

 

If you’re interested in donating please head over to 805 UNDOCUFUND DONATIONS.

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Why would Geraldo Rivera post his “private” moment with Trump on Twitter today?

I opened my Twitter to find a smiling Geraldo Rivera posing with President Trump on midterm election day. Rivera claimed he had a “private” moment with the president in Cleveland, but it was so “private” he had to post it for the world to see on Twitter.

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Photos like this send the wrong message. What did it say to the public?  His critics on Twitter believe the veteran journalist is bias and a supporter of the Republican Party. Rivera may disagree, but as the cliché goes “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Rivera knows better. He allowed his ego to get in the way of his job as a journalist. He had to let everyone know he was hanging out with his buddy on midterm election day. It also doesn’t help that he works at Fox News that leans to the right.

I’ve said it before,  journalists should not be posing with any politicians even if they are friends. It is our job to make sure we have balanced coverage without bias every time we cover a story.

Rivera needs a refresher course on the SPJ Code of Ethics:

Act Independently: The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public. Journalists should avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.

As journalists we can always learn from other’s mistakes. Rivera gave me another photo I can use to teach student journalists WHAT NOT TO DO on the job.

Check out my article, Why journalists should not be taking selfies with political candidates.  Also, it’s always a good idea to know the SPJ Code of Ethics. 

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Why journalists should not be taking selfies with political candidates

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We’re only a few days away from election day and political candidates are still beating the pavement for votes. If you’re one of many journalists assigned to the political beat, you know that balance matters in your story. No matter how you may feel about any specific politician including the president, it is our job to have balanced political coverage and reporting.  It’s different if you’re a TV or radio commentator or opinion editor. They can say what they want and take a side.

Now to my point.

I have seen several reporters in Texas who make it obvious they are Beto O’Rourke supporters. They take selfies with him and post them on their social media. It seems like something very innocent to do, but you may be sending his opponent’s press team the idea that you are bias. That you have a favorite.  I have also seen a few journalists take selfies with Senator Ted Cruz. 

It’s an issue several news directors have told me they are dealing with today. Reporters who can’t stop taking selfies with politicians, especially those running for office. I know news managers who have pulled reporters off election/political coverage, because of a photo or because the opponent’s side has brought it to management’s attention. They will demand a reporter be taken off the story. That selfie with a candidate sends the message “you like him/her better than our candidate.”

I’m not saying don’t take photos with politicians, but don’t post them. Don’t think because you post a photo on your private Facebook that it remains private. A photo of you interviewing a candidate or politician is fine, because you’re on the job. Your post to your readers, viewers or listeners can be you promoting your story with the politician. 

We have to work smart, because the media is being judged more today than ever before. 

A reporter on Media Buzz (Fox News) said 12 reporters have lost their jobs this year because of bias political tweets. That’s another issue. 

So what do you say to a political candidate when he or she wants to take a photo with you? Politely decline. I have had politicians ask to take a photo with me and I always  turned them down politely, “Sorry I can’t, I’m on the job, but feel free to have someone on your staff take photos of us during the interview or while we’re talking. That’s fine.” I have interviewed Clinton, Carter, Bush, and even the late Ronald Reagan. I don’t have any photos with them, but I do have the video. That’s good enough.

Good luck on election night.

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National Boss Day: What does it take to be a good boss?

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What does it take to be good boss? Ask yourself that question. How would you like to be treated?

On National Boss Day, I think about the good bosses I have had in the past. I’ve had great managers, but also my share of bully bosses.

The good boss will make you better at your job. They know your strengths and weaknesses. They realize that each employee brings their unique talent to the workplace.

LiveChat shared this list of “Signs of a Great Leader: How to be a Good Boss.” How does your current boss rate?

  1. Build a bond of trust.
  2. Praise your employees.
  3. Inspire your employees.
  4. Let your employees be themselves.
  5. Value feedback.

The bully boss is insecure and lacks confidence. They hide behind bully tactics and other bully managers to rule a workplace. They teach bad habits to managers who are lower in the company food chain. As someone who has worked mostly in newsrooms, it happens there too.  And don’t get me started on the enablers of bully bosses. That is a future blog.

Former news director, Kevin Benz talked at the 2018 Excellence in Journalism conference about bad bosses. In his “No More Assholes Part 2: The coward’s guide to conflict in the newsroom,” Benz reminded journalists that there is no room in a newsroom for an asshole boss. In my opinion, asshole managers don’t belong anywhere.

I’ll be sharing more of Kevin Benz’s tips on good and bad management in the future. He tells it like it is.

On this National Boss Day let us celebrate those who are doing it right. Give them a pat on the back. Give them a shout out on your social media, even those from your past.

Remember you are a success today because of those good bosses.

 

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Start seeing your worth

Sometimes in the news business we have bosses who can’t even say “good job.” Sometimes we work in newsrooms where there is no manager to motivate or inspire us.

We get beat up more often than given a pat on the back. This probably happens in many other professions. My advice is to seek out the motivators and surround yourself with them. Often they don’t have a title. They are just good people.

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Create your own circle of empowerment.

They will hold you up when your bosses don’t ever lift you up. Believe me, I have a strong circle of motivators and that is why I am still standing today after more than three decades as a journalist.

 

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Border Patrol agent is a suspected serial killer, victim’s niece says ‘She was murdered by a monster’

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Karina Ramos wants the world to know about her aunt, Claudine Anne Luera.  The Laredo mother of five was found murdered on Thursday, September 13. Two days later, Border Patrol agent Jose Ortiz confessed to killing three people in Laredo including Luera.

Investigators told KRGV that Ortiz committed the murders over a two-week span. Today he sits in a Laredo jail on a bonds totaling $2.5 million.

Ramos talked opening about her aunt in a Facebook post.  She gave me permission to share her Facebook message. Her aunt struggled with drug addiction, tried to stay clean, made small bad decisions that snowballed. But as Ramos puts it what was most important was that “she was loved.”  Here is the post.

She was killed on Thursday, September 13th.

We’ve lost loved ones before, but nothing prepares you for the pain and pure rage you feel when someone you love is murdered. Nothing prepares you for waking up with swollen eyes from crying and squinting at a phone screen that shows an article for ABC News about your aunts murder. Nothing prepares you for the violent details of your loved ones murder being thrust into the public. Everyone you know learning, as you do, what her last moments were like. But there are some things no one will learn from the headlines, and articles, and Facebook posts.

She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a niece, a cousin, and a friend. Most of all SHE WAS LOVED. She was murdered by a monster who murdered 3 others, luckily the 5th woman got away. The fact that there’s a “serial killer” in a small Texas town is big news, and the one thing all the articles mention is the victims were PROSTITUTES. As if that makes her less of a victim. As if that makes him less of a monster. As if she deserved what she got. As if it makes any difference at all.

Her name was Claudine Anne Luera and let me repeat myself: SHE WAS LOVED, so let me add some more details to the narrative. She was the daughter of a beautiful Scottish mother and grumpy Mexican father.

She was the mother of 2 sets of twins and a hardworking, wonderful daughter. Two of her children are autistic, and we are a proud autism family full of love and support for them.

She has 3 sisters with the biggest hearts you’ve ever seen. She was always considered beautiful when she was young and always will be to us.

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When she was winning her fight against drug abuse, she was a wonderful thriving mother. She loved her kids fiercely and navigated life as a stay at home mom to 2 sets of twins born within a year of each other, as well as, their older sister.

It couldn’t have been easy for her. She held out as long as she could, but seemingly small bad decisions snowballed. We don’t know why she fell off the wagon. We wished and prayed she’d overcome her demons and go back to who we knew she could be. But even when she lost everything because of her drug dependence, SHE WAS LOVED.

We took in her children, provided them with safe homes and waited. And waited. She always proclaimed her love for her kids and I know they’ll always know how much she loved them. If only that were enough.

And now we’ll have to wait for another lifetime to see that version of Claudine again. Our hope for her rehabilitation will never come to pass because a monster took away that chance from us.

We had to break it to her 5 children that their mother is gone forever. We had to hear their agonized cries and screams. It’s not something I’ll ever forget, ever. The only silver lining is that her killer was found less than 2 days after he attacked her. By that time, he had killed 2 others already.

Our family is devastated and reading articles about the “prostitutes” or “sex workers” being killed by the serial killer just rubs salt in our wounds. These women were brutally killed and nothing they did made them deserve that.

I’m thankful for the woman that got away and alerted authorities immediately. Without her we might be sitting around for weeks, months, even years waiting for some closure. So in that sense we consider ourselves lucky.

This monster has been caught and we can bury our aunt knowing , full well, he’ll pay for what he did. That lifts our broken hearts a little BECAUSE SHE WAS LOVED. So we’ll remember her as she was and try to get these headlines out of our minds.

Claudine_2Claudine was beautiful, she was kind, and she was loving. SHE WAS LOVED.

We couldn’t get through this difficult time without the love and support of all of our wonderful friends, family, and coworkers. Your kind words and thoughtful gestures have been absolutely heart warming. We’ll get through this.

My thoughts are with all families of the other victims that are struggling through what we are right now. My heart goes out to all families that are dealing with substance abuse. To those of you fighting her fight, don’t give up.

Rest In Peace Claudine❤️ give Grandma Ann and Sean Brandon a hug for me.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE. ❤️

https://www.gofundme.com/in-memoriam-of-claudine-a-luera

Because of posts I’ve seen on FB I did find it important to add that we hold NO animosity whatsoever towards Border Patrol. We’ve got friends and family in the Border Patrol (and other law enforcement) and we love and respect them.

That man’s profession did not make him commit these evil crimes and this evil does not represent all Border Patrol as a whole. HE is solely to blame. And I don’t want to take away from that fact.

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Funeral arrangements are still being made and announcements are to come.

Photo courtesy also goes to Karina Ramos who shared several photos of her aunt on her Facebook post.

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Support 15 of the best nonprofit news sites #NationalNonprofitDay

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There are many nonprofit news sites that are flushing out wrongdoers, revealing scams, and giving a voice to many communities ignored by other media outlets. They count on donations to stay in business. On this National Nonprofit Day, please donate what it would cost you to buy a cup of coffee. Every amount, small or large, does make a difference. Here are 15 of my favorite sites. Check them out.

Centro de Periodismo Investigativo

The Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI) is a non-profit entity created in 2007 by journalist Omaya Sosa Pascual, former president of the Overseas Press Club, and journalist and lawyer Oscar J. Serrano, former president of the Association of Journalists of Puerto Rico. It promotes access to information for the people of Puerto Rico through three channels: investigative journalism, litigation and journalistic training. Donate

ProPublica

ProPublica is an American nonprofit organization based in New York City. It is a nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Founded in 2007. 501(c)(3).

Center for Investigative Reporting

The Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit news organization based in Emeryville, California, and has conducted investigative journalism since 1977

Honolulu Civil Beat

A news outlet in Hawaii dedicated to public affairs reporting. Its mission is to engage and educate the community on important public issues through in-depth reporting, explanatory and investigative journalism, analysis and commentary.

The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit media organization in Texas. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, it aims to promote civic engagement through original, explanatory journalism and public events.  Donate

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonprofit investigative news organization housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Donate

The Connecticut News Project, Inc.

In 2009, a small group of Connecticut residents, concerned about the decline in watchdog journalism, formed the Connecticut News Project, Inc. A few months later, after securing start-up funding and hiring some veteran journalists, CNP launched The Connecticut Mirror, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet with a very clear mission: Produce deep reporting on government policies and politics, to become an invaluable resource for anyone who lives, works or cares about Connecticut, and to hold our policymakers accountable for their decisions and actions.

Florida Bulldog

Investigative news is in peril in South Florida. Investigative reporting uncovers injustice, exposes corruption and holds those in public decision-making positions accountable for their actions.

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is an independent, nonprofit newsroom devoted to educating the public about crucial issues in the Midwest with a special focus on agribusiness and related topics such as government programs, environment and energy.

MinnPost

MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota.

The Lens

The Lens aims to engage and empower the residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It provides the information and analysis necessary to advocate for more accountable and just governance.

Chicago Defender

The Chicago Defender is the oldest and most respected African-American newspaper in Chicago. Founded in 1905 by Robert Sengstacke Abbott, the Chicago Defender celebrated its 111th Anniversary in 2016. It was recognized nationally as the second most widely read and best African-American Newspaper by Nielson and Essence Survey 2014.

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom based in Louisville, Ky. We produce investigative journalism that affects you, your neighborhood, your Commonwealth. Our mission is to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens, expose wrongdoing in the public and private sectors, increase transparency in government and hold leaders accountable. We promise to dig for the truth without fear or favor, cut through red tape and spark public conversation.

The Intercept

After NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forward with revelations of mass surveillance in 2013, journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill decided to found a new media organization dedicated to the kind of reporting those disclosures required: fearless, adversarial journalism. They called it The Intercept.

Institute for Nonprofit News

The Institute for Nonprofit News is a non-profit consortium of journalism organizations. The organization promotes nonprofit investigative and public service journalism through its association of member entities.  It was founded in 2009.

 

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Nixon resigned 44 years ago today; how two Washington Post reporters broke the Watergate scandal, followed the money and never let up

President Richard Nixon resigned forty-four years ago today.

Here is NBC News’ coverage of the resignation.

It took two tenacious reporters with The Washington Post to take down the president. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward followed the corrupt political trail that started when five men were caught breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate Complex in Washington D.C. in June, 1972.

Here is coverage of the break-in at Watergate.

The two reporters followed ever lead and never let up. At the time, Woodward’s source called “Deep Throat” help guide their investigation.

In October 1972, Nixon was informed that “Deep Throat” was Mark Felt, an associate director at the FBI. Nixon did not know how to deal with Felt.

The president often recorded many of his conversations in the Oval office.  Here is a conversation he had about Felt.

Felt revealed himself as “Deep Throat” at the age of 91.  He gave his exclusive story, “I’m the Guy they called Deep Throat” to Vanity Fair in 2005.

On a talk show one month before Nixon resigned, Woodward and Bernstein discussed how the Nixon administration denied their stories and called their reports “character assassinations” and “shoddy.”

Interesting note, the two reporters were each making $15,000 a year when they started working on the Watergate story.  The TV host revealed their salaries two minutes into this interview.

Bernstein and Woodward uncovered enough information that made it clear that the Committee to Re-elect Nixon was involved in attempts to sabotage the Democrats. Nixon lost much popular support including from those in the Republican party. He denied any wrongdoing and promised to stay in office.

The Senate Watergate Committee was a special committee established to investigate the Watergate scandal. Those hearings started in May, 1973 and were televised.

In the end, forty-eight people, many in the Nixon administration, were convicted of wrongdoing. Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment. Vice President Gerald Ford became president.

Here is how ABC News covered the resignation in August, 1974.

Woodward and Bernstein wrote a book, “All the Presidents Men” which was turned into a movie. Robert Redford played Woodward, and Dustin Hoffman played Bernstein.

In May 1977, Nixon talked to television host, David Frost. He defended his actions and claimed he did not have knowledge of some events.

Forty years after Watergate, Woodward and Bernstein reflected on their work.

Today Woodward and Bernstein’s reporter notes and documents about Watergate are archived at the University of Texas and they continue to investigate political stories including those connected to President Trump.

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How the Washington Post’s ‘White, and in the minority’ fuels racial divide, and more anger and hate against immigrants and Latinos

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Screenshot: Washington Post Website

 

It’s nothing new to most of us that President Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants has fueled anger and hate against Latinos and people south of the border. So when I saw a recent story by The Washington Post, I thought when did the media get into the business of creating stories that fuel the same hate and division between the two sides: White people and immigrants.

The Washington Post has some of the best reporters in the country. No doubt about it. But the story by Terrence McCoy took the Post’s journalistic standards to a new low.

“White, and in the minority” is a story about a White couple who currently works in a chicken factory in Pennsylvania. The majority of their coworkers are Dominican and Puerto Rican. If McCoy was out to make the White people appear as victims and outsiders, mission accomplished. If the reporter was out to make immigrants appear like threatening, menacing thugs; once again, mission accomplished.

McCoy’s entire story was framed to put immigrants and Puerto Ricans in a bad light and make readers feel sorry for the young White couple.

“Heaven often feels alienated and frustrated…”

McCoy peppered his story with loaded words and phrases that only create fear among readers, especially those who are White.

“In a country where Whites will lose majority status in about a quarter-century…”

Journalist are taught when you make a statement, you should have attribution. McCoy made this statement, but never said who said “Whites will lose majority status?”

“Seven minutes left: Employees gathered around Heaven, first three, then four, then six.”

This phrase alone made it appear like the immigrants were ganging up on the White female. All they did was show up for work at the same time.

“Studies have shown how some whites, who are dying faster than they’re being born in 26 states…”

Again a statement made with no attribution. Who said this? What study revealed this information?

“Heaven, looking at the floor, heard laughter and jokes exchanged in the rapid Spanish of the Dominican Republic.”

This sentence made it appear like the immigrants were laughing at the young white female. The reporter only perpetuated the stereotype that Spanish-speaking people only speak in Spanish to talk about White people who don’t understand what is being said.

“They feel threatened, even if not directly affected by change…”

McCoy got this statement from a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, but did not bother to ask the professor to speculate how the immigrants feel?

“She felt more alone than she’d ever thought possible.”

Once again, McCoy made it appear the immigrants purposely isolated the woman. Did he share this with the immigrant workers? Do they have any idea she feels “alone?”

“There were days when Venson imagined what might await America. This would be a nation where whites weren’t only a minority, but disadvantaged.”

Another loaded statement that makes it appear like the couple will be stripped away of a good life and should fear minorities.

If the chicken factory was full of immigrants and Puerto Ricans, why didn’t McCoy ask them how they felt being the majority.  Do they know that Heaven and her boyfriend  feel “threatened?”

The couple’s story is important, but so is the point of view of their coworkers.

BACKLASH COMES FROM EVERYWHERE

This story is not sitting well with a lot of people.  Latino Rebels posted “Why The Washington Post’s ‘White, and the minority’ Story is So Damn Dangerous.” The author of the blog said,

McCoy makes us all want to take out the tissues and cry for our two white tragic heroes (seriously, that’s how it reads), but it’s McCoy’s ridiculous depictions of the “foreign” Latino workers (who lack any humanity in any part of the piece) that stand out, while Engle and Heim (even with their racism) come across as these misunderstood figures who need sympathy.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists issued a statement on Friday morning. NAHJ President Hugo Balta hopes to meet with the Post’s Editor-in-Chief to discuss the issue. The organization’s statement partly read:

The story, ‘White, and in the minority’ published on July 30, does not provide a variety of viewpoints at the center of the topic, but instead leaves readers focused almost entirely on one viewpoint. The national board has discussed the danger this poses and questions the journalism of the story.

McCOY DEFENDS HIS STORY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF IS STANDING BY REPORTER AND HIS WORK
Despite all the backlash, Terrence McCoy continues to defend his story via Twitter.  He also continues to stick to the narrative about the poor, poor White couple.

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A source who contacted Marty Baron, told me the Post’s Editor-in-Chief is standing by the reporter and the story, and even said that the story was approved by an editor who is a person of color.

I’d like to know how many Latinos or immigrants are part of the editorial staff.

As journalists, our job is to inform the public. It is not our job to create a racial divide and peg one group of people against another.  The Washington Post failed the immigrant and Latino community. Let’s hope decision makers at the Post open their minds and look at it from our point of view.

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Latino Rebels
NAHJ 

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Semanario Playa News co-founder is laid to rest in Mexico, Reporters Without Borders says Mexican authorities failed to protect the journalist who was murdered

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Screenshot: Facebook 

The owner of Semanario Playa News Aquí and Ahora, Rubén Pat Cauich, was laid to rest today in Playa del Carmen. The journalist was shot to death Tuesday outside a bar in Playa Del Carmen in the southern state of Quintana Roo.

Today dozens of family and friends paid their last respects. The journalist’s procession was posted on Facebook.

Wednesday, Playa News shut down while staff members dealt with Pat’s murder.

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Translation of Facebook post:

We appreciate each one of our faithful followers during this time, at this time we have decided as a team to put this project on pause.

Thank you all very much

Pat knew his life was in danger. In June, he told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that police in Playa del Carmen had jailed, beat, and threatened him for his work.

They told me to stop publishing articles about a local police chief, and that I knew what would be coming to me if I didn’t.

Pat started the digital news site on Facebook nine months ago with two other journalists. Playa News staff demanded state and federal authorities in Mexico help swiftly solve Pat’s murder and that of reporter, José Guadalupe Chan Dzib.

Chan Dzib was shot to death on June 29 in a bar in Sabán, southeast of Cancún. He also worked for Seminario Play News. One of his last assignments was the murder of a local political leader.

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Translation:

We demand that the Government of Quintana Roo and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Quintana Roo investigate and find those responsible for the murder of the journalist and director of the Playa News Weekly, Rubén Pat and reporter, José Guadalupe Chan Dzib of Felipe Carrillo.

Killing journalists does not kill the truth!
Justice for journalists in Quintana Roo.

At the time of Pat’s murder he was under the Federal Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders. Emmanuel Colombié, the head of Reporters Without Borders’ Latina America Desk, said Mexican authorities failed Rubén Pat Cauich.

The Mexican authorities must draw the inevitable conclusion from this terrible event, namely that the Federal Mechanism for Protecting  Journalists failed in its duty to protect Rubén Pat although his situation of vulnerability had been known for a long time.

Cristina Torres Gomez, Mayor of Playa Del Carmen said the reporter had requested protection for his home several months ago. She told Noticias Canal 10 that Pat’s request for protection had not been processed.

Warning the following video has graphic images.

CPJ reports Mexico is one of the most deadly countries in the world for journalists.

SOURCES:
CPJ: Mexican journalist says he was attacked, threatened by police

Reporters Without Borders: Mexican authorities failed to protect journalist murdered in Quintana Roo

 

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15 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next Journalism Conference

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EIJ 2017

I’ve been to dozens of journalism conferences. I have lost count. But throughout the years, I have been able to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

I have made many professional connections and developed great friendships from my visits to NAHJ, IRE, RTDNA, EIJ and AEJMC conferences. I have also found 90 percent of my jobs from my networking at those conferences.

Here are my 15 tips to help you get the most out of any journalism conference you plan to attend this summer.

1. Comfy shoes are a must. For you ladies, sure heels make your legs look great, but after a few hours walking the conference floor you’ll beg for comfort. Pack a pair of flats in your bag for later. Men, comfort matters for you too.

2. Get out of the “pack” mentality. We often get into the habit of hanging out in groups.  It’s our comfort zone. Be adventurous and roam on your own. It forces you to meet people. This also includes when you go to the after conference parties and hang-outs. I know a lot of people, because I love to walk around alone and just talk to everyone and anyone.

3. Start a conversation with anyone you see hanging out by themselves. He could be your next boss, or she could have that next opportunity of a lifetime. I say hello to everyone whether I meet people when they get in an elevator with me or walk by me. “Hi! How’s it going?” Is a great way to start a conversation.

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EIJ 2017

4. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR PHONE. Sorry, I had to say that very loud. When you have your head buried in your phone, you miss opportunities to meet people. Also people, including news managers won’t approach you, because you look busy and preoccupied with your phone. Your text and Facebook can wait. Put your phone away, look up and enjoy the view. And please DO NOT take your phone out and start gazing at your Instagram, especially when you’re in conversation with new people and in a group. It’s rude.

5. Look happy and smile. Those two things make people want to get to know you. Sometimes you see people at conferences and they already look tired and miserable. Don’t be that person.

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EIJ 2017

6. Business cards matter. Yes, it may sound old school, but it’s easier to hand someone a business card than a resume. It’s even better if it has a photo of you. There is no way they can forget your face. Also when you collect a card, write a few notes on it to remind you of that person.

7. Invite people to join you. If you see someone alone, who looks like they need someone to hang out with, don’t hesitate to invite them to join you and/or your group. Another great way to get to know people. I do it all the time. Many of those people have become good friends.

8. Find a mentee. I usually leave a conference with more than half a dozen mentees. Remember it’s about paying it forward. There are people who need your expertise and guidance. Be giving with your time.

9. Find a mentor. Some of you may feel that you need someone to guide you in your career. The conferences are a great place to find that person who you feel can help you on your journey. There are many people waiting for the chance to be a mentor. Don’t be afraid to ask. And if they don’t seem interested, move on…there are plenty of others.

10. Plan your conference, and even schedule in your networking time. There will be dozens of panels and workshops. Sit down and write out your day and schedule in your networking time during conference hours. It will help you not miss a beat.

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EIJ 2017

11. The best time to meet news managers is when they are taking a break from the recruiting booth, walking around the conference hall or getting a cup of coffee. I learned that tip a long time ago. When you get to the job fair, check out who is recruiting at your target company. Make a mental note. If you see them later taking a break, don’t hesitate to approach them.  “Hi there! Aren’t you with ABC News?  I saw you at the booth. I’m Rebecca Aguilar. How’s everything going so far?” Start the conversation. Get to know them. Sometimes they are more relaxed and may invite you back to their booth to continue the conversation. Once again, be the person outside “the pack” standing in line.

12. Make time to put on your sneakers and walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. Sometimes we’re in such conference mode that we forget just to relax and breathe. Yes, conferences can take a toll on you, because networking takes effort and being out late sucks up time to sleep. Get out and relax and get some sunshine. It makes a difference.

13. Act like a professional even at the after-parties.  Do not forget that recruiters and managers go to the after parties and hang out at the hotel bar too.  What I’m saying is don’t do something that can end up “going viral” for the wrong reasons and hurt your reputation.

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Smile and look happy!

14. What not to wear. A journalism conference is still a professional setting. What you wear says a lot about you. Don’t kid yourself, it does. Before you leave that hotel room, look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are dressed to meet the Pope, the President and would your parents approve. Give your outfit my “3 P’s” test. Believe me it works.  What I’m saying is leave the mini skirts and muscle shirts in your suitcase.

15. As soon as you return home, don’t forget to send out a few thank you cards. Yes, old school again. Send them to people who made your conference experience very special and who took the time to give you advice.

Most of all enjoy the ride!

Bonus Tip: Start saving for next year’s conference when you get home. It helps to plan ahead. Whether you’re a professional or a student, it’s okay to start saving right away. Put $10 cash in a jar every week. It will add up by the time the next conference rolls around. No need to start a GoFundMe or beg people for a donation. Do it on your own.

Bonus Video. You can pack everything for the conference in a carry-on bag. 

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Bay Area publisher resigns after public apology for using N-Word and several journalists quit the East Bay Express

east_bay_expressStephen Buel, the publisher of the East Bay Express apologized Friday in the weekly for using the N-word in a meeting with staff members and for taking down stories written by a culture and music reporter.

His apology came with a lot of pledges for change. It didn’t look like he was going to resign. Then today, he did just that, resigned.

WHAT LEAD TO THE RESIGNATION

Buel has been the co-owner of the East Bay Express since 2007. He was also the editor of the weekly for ten years.

In May, reporter Azucena Rasilla was covering the Bottlerock Napa Valley Music Festival .  In a phone conversation this afternoon, Rasilla told me that Buel took down her story about rappers using the N-word during their performances and white people in the audience singing along also using the N-word. Rasilla said she mentioned in her story that she thought it was wrong that white audience members used the N-word when they repeated the lyrics.

In a meeting after Buel took down Rasilla’s story, she said she was shocked when he used the N-word in front of the staff members.  Friday, Rasilla had enough. She quit her job. Here is what she posted on Facebook:

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Friday, Buel published  “An Apology and a Pledge.”  He admitted he used the N-word and that he took down stories, because he didn’t agree with them. In his “apology” he said he had plans to make major changes. There was no hint he planned to quit or remove himself as publisher.

Here is part of his apology he wrote in the East Bay Express:

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Stephen Buel/ Facebook

The past month has been a traumatic one at the East Bay Express. As the paper’s publisher and onetime editor, I consider furthering our journalistic mission to be my life’s work. Yet as the person most responsible for our current troubles, I now feel a need to directly address our readers.

One night about a month ago, I read some week-old online coverage that did not live up to my editorial standards. So, I took the stories down the next morning and promptly explained my concerns to the author and editors.

One story described white people singing along to live hip-hop songs that contained the N-word. This is a worthy topic for coverage, and I said as much. But while referring to hateful words subsequently reclaimed by the communities they once oppressed, I said a couple of those words aloud. I should not have done so and am extremely sorry that my remark caused others pain.

I also should not have unilaterally taken down the articles. Instead, I should have respected our editorial structure and taken my feedback directly to our editorial management so that the editors and author might have addressed my concerns without permanently removing the pieces from our website. I am sorry for the way I disrespected the writer and editors involved in that coverage. (continue)

Comments left in the comment section, had people demanding Buel’s resignation.

THE PUBLISHER MADE PROMISES WE HAVE HEARD BEFORE 

Stephen Buel disrespected his staff, used a racial slur and apologized.

His apology appeared to be a way to convince himself and his readers that he had “seen the light.”   He made all the same promises we have heard over and over by those in managerial positions who have used racial slurs, apologized, and promised never to do it again.

Promise to increase diversity. Check!

Promise to have newspaper reflect the community. Check!

Promise to create a code of conduct for staff. Check!

Promises to attend “implicit bias training.” Check!

Promise better communication as publisher with editorial staff. Check!

GLAD BUEL SAW THE LIGHT AND RESIGNED 

Stephen Buel is a veteran journalist who should knows better.  Saturday, something convinced him to resign from the newspaper he owns.  He published his resignation. Here it is:

Perhaps now more than ever before, the East Bay needs healthy independent journalism. Because my presence at Telegraph Media has become a threat to that mission — and to the careers of the hard-working people who produce the East Bay ExpressOakland MagazineAlameda MagazineThe East Bay Monthly, and Bay Woof — I am stepping down as publisher of those titles.

Publications such as these depend upon the support of many people and institutions. I urge the advertisers, readers, journalists and community members who have long supported our publications to stand by them now — and not let my indiscretions threaten their survival.

During my 37 years as a journalist, I have worked to advance equality, seek truth, and fight injustice. The thousands of stories I have written or edited express my values far better than any self-righteous summation possibly could today. The cruel caricature I see of myself on social media does not reflect who I am, but I have sadly come to the conclusion that I cannot defend myself without endangering the journalism that is my legacy.

Following a brief transition period, longtime East Bay journalist Robert Gammon will replace me as our company’s publisher.

Buel is old enough to understand that you NEVER use the N-word.  It’s an ugly word. He knew his apology was not good enough and he would sink his own ship if he did not remove himself.

Here is hoping that the changes and improvements that Buel had promised will still happen. There should be better diversity, a code of conduct, and the newspaper staff should reflect the community.

Let’s be honest, Robert Gammon will still work for Buel because he will still own the paper. Gammon has to decide now if he will be Buel’s puppet or a true leader. We must  keep an eye on whether Buel will do things behind scenes. Believe me, I  will be watching.

The new publisher has a big job ahead of him. He needs to show the staff that they are respected and their journalists are trusted for their work.  More than anything, the East Bay Express needs to show the community that it cares about its staff and the people who read it.

Trust, honesty, and ethics do matter.

Earlier today I contacted Buel to get his side of the story. I am still waiting for a response.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

It takes a brave journalist to create change in the news business. I am very proud of Azucena Rasilla. When her stories were taken down a few months ago, she could have let it go. When Buel used that racial slur, she could have kept quiet. She did not. She spoke up and realized that it was the right thing to do. We should all learn from her courage to create change.

I talked to Rasilla tonight for her reaction to Buel’s resignation. She said, “It’s a step in the right direction, but the ultimate goal should be for Steve to sell. The Express will not truly change until it changes ownership.”

 

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U.S. Customs harasses Latina CEO and daughter over their different last names

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Sylvia Acosta 

Sylvia Acosta still can’t believe how she was treated by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. On Sunday, she and her daughter were on their way home to El Paso after spending a beautiful time in Europe.  During their pit stop at DFW airport, a U.S. Customs agent had a problem with Sylvia and her teenage daughter having different last names. Something he noticed when Sylvia handed him their passports.

That’s when he started giving the YWCA CEO the third degree. She posted her experience on Facebook.

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Sylvia didn’t sit there and take it. She let the officer know she got her PhD with the “Acosta” name, but also established her career with it. The agent told her she should have taken her husband’s last name to prove she was her daughter’s mother.

Sylvia and her 15-year-old daughter had been part of a tour group, and she had the group’s paperwork which included the names of all the kids on the trip and the chaperones. The paperwork revealed flight reservations, schedules and names of every person. Each member of the group was also TSA pre-checked.  Sylvia told me on Facebook that the rest of the group got through with no delay.

Sylvia and her daughter are both American citizens. She is the CEO of the YWCA in El Paso de Norte Region with more than 25 years of management experience. She said she did not get the agent’s name. “I was so shocked and taken aback I really did not even think about it.”

A CBP spokesman issued a statement on its treatment of Sylvia and her daughter. In short, agents interrogate people traveling with children, because of the human trafficking issue. Here is what Sylvia added to her Facebook post from CPB.

USCustomsU. S. Customs and Border Protection has reviewed the audio and video of the encounter between a CBP officer and a woman traveling with her daughter, and found that the video does not support the claim as it has been reported. The audio and video prove that there weren’t any inappropriate questions discussed.

On December 23, 2008, President Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to combat human trafficking. In instances where the relationship of a minor and accompanying adult can’t be immediately determined, CBP may ask additional questions to determine relationship. This additional questioning could take place in an area away from the general public.

CBP strongly recommends that unless a child is accompanied by both parents, the adult traveling with the child have a note from the child’s other parent (or, in the case of a child traveling with grandparents, uncles or aunts, sisters or brothers, friends, or in groups*, a note signed by both parents).

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Sylvia’s Facebook post has gone viral, and she is being embraced with a lot of support from friends and strangers. She put things into perspective with a positive note on her Facebook.

I love the mission statement for the organization I represent —YWCA which is to eliminate racism and empower women, two things I have had to stand up for this week.

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How TIME came up with the powerful cover “Welcome to America” with Trump and a crying immigrant child

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Time magazine’s latest cover shows the famous image of young Honduran girl sobbing as President Trump is standing over her. The headline reads, “Welcome to America.”

How did Time Magazine come up with this cover?

Karl Vick, Editor at Large at Time magazine told CNN that they knew they had to use the photograph of the girl , because she is an “iconic image.” Vick added,

We call this a photo illustration obviously, because the President has never met her. They just seemed to go together once you put them both on the cover in that dynamic. It captured a lot and then it was the matter of what you say with it.  ‘Welcome to America’ works.

Getty photographer, Jim Moore, took the photo of the little girl crying as border patrol agents patted down her mother. He told CNN earlier in the week that it was a very emotional shoot for him.

Molly Ball is the national political correspondent at Time magazine. In a story that goes with the cover, she writes about Trump,

He thinks shock is a temporary condition, moral outrage is phony posturing and that the American people can be numbed to just about everything.

Vick also told CNN the cover is aimed at Trump’s leadership,

This episode is the country telling the president what we’re about, and what kind of country we are. It’s a role reversal and it’s really quite striking.

The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has resulted in the separation of parents and children who are taken into federal custody after they are caught crossing the border illegally.

Trump signed an executive order reversing his policy after pressure from politicians and the public. Officials say around 2,300 children are in detention facilities. Young children under six-years-old are being kept in facilities called “Tender Age” shelters. There are reports that several immigrant children are being taken to other parts of the country away from the border and their parents.

SOURCES:

TIME magazine story “The Story Behind TIME’s Trump ‘Welcome to America’ Cover”

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Speak from the heart and you’ll get your message heard

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Photo Courtesy: Alberto Mendoza

I have something to share. How I turned something unexpected into a fantastic experience. I was invited to speak at the Latino Media Summit in New York City over the weekend. One of the best conferences I have been to in my career. More on that in a future blog.

I thought I was going to be on a panel with others, but Friday morning, an hour before the panel, I learned I would have to speak for 10 minutes alone. Say what? Yes they had told us weeks in advance, but I messed up. All the other speakers had fantastic, informative slide shows.

When I hit the stage, I said, “God give me the words, in Spanish too.” I had written down a few notes, but honestly I spoke from the heart. Not to brag, but it was one of the best presentations I have ever done in my life. I laughed, I teared up, and I shared. I talked about creating change as individuals, making a difference, and not being selfish with your time and knowledge. To be authentic.

 

So remember, speak from the heart when you have to, and it will be ok. Again thank you to Graciela Mochkofsky and her team for inviting me to the summit at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. A blog is coming soon on the Summit. Go out and inspire!

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Death toll rises in Guatemala, organizations reach out to help the survivors of Fuego Volcano

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Organizations around the world are making efforts to help the victims of the volcano eruption in Guatemala. Several fundraisers have been set up. There are also several grassroots efforts.

Dina Potter of Alexandria, Virginia is working with the Shriners of Guatemala to raise money for those in need.  The HR consultant has set up a GoFundMe account to raise $30,000. Here is what she posted:

My name is Dina Potter, I was born in Guatemala & now live in Alexandria, VA. It breaks my heart to see the devastation that the Fire Volcano’s eruption has caused, and the limited resources the country has available for rescue efforts. I was leery of donating to organizations that: 1) I didn’t recognize or 2) could be pocketing the money. That is why I have joined forces with Monica Corzo (a trusted friend) & Miguel Angel Valdez, President of Guatemala’s Shriners Club (FB page: @Guatemala Shriners Club No.1) They are boots on the ground in Guatemala, helping coordinate efforts & are also fundraising. Shriners Hospital in the US is a trusted and reputable non-profit organization, that depends on donations to be able to provide medical care to children in the US. Guatemala Shriners Club No.1 in coordination with Shriner’s International, have activated the protocol for humanitarian aid to be able to provide dire medical attention to children under 18 years of age, who have suffered critical injuries or are burn victims due to this natural disaster.

Dina says the $30,000 raised will be used in the follow areas:

1. Guatemala Shriners Club will take part in aid to the children affected due to the devastation caused by the Fire Volcano.
2. A team of medical specialists from Shriners Hospitals for Children (USA), is in Guatemala to evaluate & deliver medical interventions to children who need urgent medical attention due to life-threatening injuries sustained by this natural disaster.
3. We need your help to be able to move the children in air ambulances. Each air ambulance costs $1000/km, so one trip is @$15,000-$20,000.

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Map courtesy: Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger is also in Guatemala helping the survivors. The organization’s teams work in nearly 50 countries worldwide to carry out innovative, lifesaving programs in nutrition, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene. Teams are now in Guatemala. Here is what it has posted on its website.

On Sunday 3rd June, the Fuego volcano or ‘Fire Volcano’ began its second eruption of the year with strong explosions creating ash columns which have risen 6,000 meters above sea level. 3,265 people have been displaced and at-least 700 people are missing. The main area affected by this eruption is the Department of Escuintla, a region where our teams have been implementing a disaster preparedness project, with a specific focus on floods since 2016. Our teams on the ground are working hard to undertake a needs assessment before launching our response to the volcanic eruption. Reaching the areas most affected and to ensure communities have access to clean water and shelter is our top priority.

Miguel Ángel García is the Country Director of Action Against Hunger in Central America-Guatemala and Nicaragua. He described what has experienced on the ground.

The atmosphere is practically unbreathable. Within two to three days, access to clean water and basic sanitation will be a vital humanitarian need for more than 3,200 displaced people living in temporary shelters provided by local authorities.

There are still many people who have not been accounted for and rescue workers are having a difficult time getting to those who are buried under the volcanic ash.

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Miami TV co-host decides to remove breast implants, “Back to a B Cup”

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Jen Herrera says “I feel amazing you guys” as she fights back tears.  She posted a video on YouTube letting the public know how she is doing since removing her breast implants in November.

Herrera is the co-host of “6 in the Mix,” a daily lifestyle show in Miami.

Five years ago, Herrera was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease. She underwent treatment and decided to go the holistic route. She even left her television career for a while.

She says she was never diagnosed with a breast implant illness, but she had similar symptoms related to that illness.  Her research on breast implants lead her to the decision to remove them. Herrera calls this journey “Back to a B Cup.”

Follow Herrera’s journey. She starts from the beginning when she decided at 18-years-old to get her implants. More on her website>>  Back to a B Cup

Kudos to Herrera for sharing her story and I’m glad she’s feeling healthy again.

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TMZ’s Van Lathan’s message to Kanye West taught the world don’t be afraid to tell the powerful, rich, and famous they are wrong

 

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TMZ producer Van Lathan has taught the world especially people of color to speak up.

BE UNAFRAID to take on people who have power, fame and money when they are wrong, even Kanye West.

Lathan was not going to allow the Grammy winner to walk out of the TMZ newsroom Tuesday without telling him he was wrong for saying 400 years of slavery was a choice.

West had shouted in the TMZ newsroom “Do you feel that I’m being free, and I’m thinking free?” It looked like most people were stunned, and not sure what to say or respond.

That’s when Lathan had enough. (Video 1:46)

Lathan’s reaction:

I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything. I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought, and the reason why I feel like that is because Kanye you are entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real life consequence behind everything that you just said. While you are making music, and being an artist, and living the life that you earned, by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our live.

We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and brother, I’m unbelievably hurt, by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me that is not real.

Kanye West apologized to Lathan who told him “You have to be responsible…”

IF SOMEONE IS WRONG, SAY SO

Shout out to TMZ and Lathan, because this is why diversity in the newsroom is important. Here is an African-American producer who was not afraid to take on one of the most famous and powerful African-American entertainers in the world.

I’m like Lathan, there is no way I would have allowed West to walk out that newsroom without telling him he was wrong in what he said.

Too many people today are afraid to speak up. They are afraid to tell a person they are wrong, because they fear someone will get angry. They fear being criticized or judged. They fear not being liked and many are afraid to lose their jobs.

Don’t let all that stuff mess with your mind when you can correct a wrong.

I don’t think Lathan had one ounce of fear when he confronted West, and look who we are talking about today.

My message to all of you:

The next time you hear someone say or do something that is WRONG, say something, do something, because silence does not make the world better.

Source: TMZ YouTube

 

 

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The Greatest of Us: A local TV reporter quits his job to travel the country in search of words of wisdom from total strangers

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How many times have you thought of getting in your car and just driving? How many times have you thought of leaving your job and grabbing life by the you-know-what?

Well Caleb Himes is not one to just think it. He is doing it.

He recently quit his job as a reporter at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He plans to travel across the country. Caleb admits he’s a bit nervous and scared, but nothing is stopping him now.

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Screenshot: The Greatest of Us

 

He’s on the road with his two dogs and towing along an Airstream travel trailer. After ten years of reporting stories about a lot of bad people, Caleb is now determined to find the good people in this world. He is out to get words of wisdom from strangers, advice he hopes will help other people.

 

 

Here’s another beautiful part about Caleb’s adventure, he’s doing all the work on his own videos. He is shooting, editing and writing the stories. He is a super one-man-band. There is no big production team, just Caleb, his computer, a few cameras and his creativity.

My hope is Netflix, CNN, Amazon or some other big media company buys Caleb’s show “The Greatest of Us” and shows it to the world.

Don’t forget to subscribe to Caleb’s YouTube channel. If you can’t travel the country, he can bring his journey to a computer, tablet or smart phone near you.

Enjoy the ride Caleb!

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Isn’t 60-years-old the new…

Today I turn 60-years-old. I’m celebrating my six decades of an interesting, crazy, and wonderful life. Rebecca_photo2017_500

No, I am not the kind of woman who hides her age. I’ve earned it and I’ll own it.

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Six-years-old and happy.

Dang! Six decades have past and I still remember being six-years-old.  I was the middle kid in a family of five children. When you’re the middle child you learn to speak up to get noticed. I’ve never had a problem in that department.

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Me in fourth grade.

A grew up a happy kid in a small “all-American” town. I will always be grateful that my parents settled in Napoleon, Ohio when they came here from Mexico. It is a town that continues to be full of good people.

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Dad with Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968.

I am a fighter for the people, because it rubbed off on me from my parents.

When they were not working, they were fighting for the civil rights of people of color and women.  Whether it was getting better pay at General Motors or improving working conditions for migrant workers, my parents were crusaders for good change.

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My dad and Cesar Chavez in 1972.

I needed to become a crusader for good change too. Yes, my parents inspired me to become a reporter.

 

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This is me in 1981 a month before I got my first job. Mom and Dad in other photos.

After graduating from high school and college, I got my first job in Toledo, Ohio in 1981.  I knew nothing about television news, but a news director named Paul Rae took a chance on me. Years later, I got to tell him before he passed away that he changed my life.

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My career pit stop in San Antonio. Red is my color.

My career has taken me to Toledo, Chicago, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Phoenix, Los  Angeles and Dallas. It’s been a fun ride, with a few bumps in the road, but nothing I could not survive.

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Sweet! I have won a few Emmy awards

If you see all my photos, I am always smiling. I think because I learned a long time ago to be fearless and to speak up when I know something is wrong. I have never feared bully bosses, losing a job or even people who judge me.

God does have a plan.

I have faced racism and sexism head on, and will continue fighting for equality inside and outside the newsroom. It’s in my blood.

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My beautiful family

I am a success today because of my family. A great husband, John Boos who was willing to follow me where ever I landed as a reporter. It has also been wonderful being a mother. Our son Alex is now a senior in college.

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Friends make my life complete. I am blessed to have many friends, and each one of them brings something special to my life. I have to give a shout out to my Latina girlfriends who I have met through my groups on Facebook: Wise Latinas Linked and Latinas in Journalism. Also a shout out to my Latina friends with the Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas also known as HWNT.

I leave you with this. Be happy. Live your life your way. Surround yourself with good people and ignore the haters.

And ladies, stop hiding your age. People can do the math. Don’t let a number mess with your mind. There is no fountain of youth, but there is fountain of life.

If you see me this year, buy me a cup of coffee or a martini to toast my 60th birthday. Now that would be special.

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Cox Media Group plans to shutdown Mundo Hispánico, several journalists face losing their jobs

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Update 4/27/2018
Cox Media Group posted a statement on the company website about plans to sell Mundo Hispanico. It was posted the day I posted this blog.

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Sources with Mundo Hispánico say they need to start looking for jobs, because the digital site faces a shutdown. They got the bad news in an email Monday morning from the President of the Cox Media Group (CMG) which owns Mundo Hispánico.

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The announcement came from Kim Guthrie, President of Cox Media Group. Her email partly reads…

CMG is focused on overcoming the disruption in our industry and competing to win in the markets we serve. To achieve that, we are focusing our resources on businesses that have clear paths to profitability and long-term growth.

She goes on to say…

…After careful consideration, we’ve decided to sell or sunset both the Mundo Hispanico and Southern Kitchen businesses.

Her email mentioned CMG is looking for the right buyers.

…we will work to find the right owners for Mundo Hispanico and Southern Kitchen. If we are unable to find a buyer, we plan to close Southern Kitchen and the national Vertical portion of Mundo Hispanico by the end of the quarter.

You can read the rest of the email provided to me from a few sources.

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Reporters in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Orlando, and one in North Carolina are expected to lose their jobs. There are also other journalists at the headquarters in Atlanta who will also be shown the door.

According to a source, the national correspondents for the digital site could be out of work by the end of June and the ones in Atlanta may get a few more months on the job.

I hope a good media company buys Mundo Hispánico, because the digital site has a good following on social media. More than four million followers on Facebook. 

I have contacted CMG for a response. I’ll keep you posted.

If you have any job openings please send them my way.  Let’s help these people out before the possible shutdown.

Other sources:
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Entravision’s Las Vegas employees let go with little notice, Vegas news will be produced out of El Paso

Sources started telling me early Friday that Entravision Communications was going to have massive layoffs at television stations around the country.

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Screenshot: Juan Juarez Twitter

It happened at the Univision station in Las Vegas which is owned by Entravision.

Reporter Juan Juarez confirmed it in his goodbye video he shared on Twitter. Here are parts of his video translated from Spanish to English.

Hi friends on Facebook and all my social media platforms. I wanted to share in person and on this video that they just let us go. Entravision Communications, the station in Las Vegas decided to let go of just about everyone including me, and many of my colleagues. Now they’re going to do the produce our local news from El Paso. I just wanted to say thank you, thank you because I know many people trusted me in the past two-and-half years while I worked at Entravision Las Vegas.

You opened your hearts in front of the camera that I carried in the heat and in the cold, it didn’t matter, and many people trusted in me. You supported me and you opened your hearts and homes to share many of your stories.

…This is not easy, because it’s a hard situation. There have been many tears and feelings now that this corporation make these kind of decision, and don’t take you into consideration. The truth is they do it suddenly without letting you know. We can only push forward…

Juarez was one of the many reporters who covered the Las Vegas Massacre in October 2017. He had grown very fond of Las Vegas and the people he served. Unfortunately he says the loyalty and commitment meant nothing to Entravision.

Thank you to all the viewers who share your stories with me and my co-workers. We leave knowing we did great work, we dedicated ourselves to the community, and unfortunately this did not matter to Entravision Communications.

Sources say Luisa Collins, Vice President of News Social Affairs and Wellness at Entravision Communications flew to Las Vegas to give everyone the bad news. According to an insider, she told the staff in news, radio and sales something about “difficult time and we have to do this.”

A total of 13 people from news were shown the door. They included a technical director, editor, three MMJ’s, a female anchor and two engineers. Two photographers and two male anchors remain and may gather news for the El Paso news production.

Reporter Jasmina Gonzalez fought back tears in her goodbye video she also posted on Twitter.  Here’s part of it translated from Spanish to English.

I will no longer be working for Univision, but I want to tell you that I take a little piece of all your hearts, they are right here with me. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your support, for opening the doors to your homes, for always being there for us. I want to say I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

 

I have contacted Collins via Facebook to find out why the company made this decision, and how many other employees at other Entravision stations face termination. Will this save Entravision millions of dollars? Stay tuned.

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According to Entravision’s website:

Entravision Communications Corporation is a diversified Spanish-language media company utilizing a combination of television, radio and digital operations to reach Latino consumers across the United States, as well as the border markets of Mexico. Entravision is the largest affiliate group of both the top-ranked Univision television network and Univision’s UniMas network, with television stations in 20 of the nation’s top 50 Latino markets. The company owns and/or operates 58 primary television stations and also operates one of the nation’s largest groups of primarily Spanish-language radio stations, consisting of 49 owned and operated radio stations. Additionally, Entravision has a variety of cross-platform digital content and sales offerings designed to capitalize on the company’s leadership position within the Latino broadcasting community. Entravision shares of Class A Common Stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: EVC.

If the company is having money problems, it is not showing at the top. According to Salary.Com. CEO Walter F. Ulloa at Entravision Communications, made $4,751,204 in total compensation. More information on Salary.Com 2016 Report.

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Big win for mothers, EEOC finds North Texas bar liable for pregnancy discrimination

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Off the Air, II, Inc., which does business as Nick’s Sports Grill, a sports bar in Rowlett, Texas.

The EEOC says Off the Air will pay $24,000 to a former female bartender.

An EEOC investigation revealed Taylor King was forced to leave her job after she changed the bar’s mandatory wardrobe to something different. Nick’s requires female bartenders and waitresses to wear hot pants and tight tops. King who was pregnant decided to change her wardrobe to something more comfortable. She replaced her hot pants with Capri pants, and wore loser tops.

The EEOC says a General Manager told King the owner would not like what she was wearing and that’s when she was asked to leave. King filed a complaint with the EEOC.

The lawsuit settlement also requires the bar owners to:

  • Pay a $24,000 financial settlement to King.
  • Prohibit future discrimination and retaliation for complaining about it.
  • Disseminate specific parts of its employee handbook to all employees.
  • Provide annual training on pregnancy and other forms of discrimination.
  • Report all complaints of discrimination to the EEOC as agreed as part of three-year settlement.
  • Impose discipline up to termination on any manager who discriminates based on sex or permits such conduct to occur under his or her supervision.
  • Post a notice on employee bulletin boards about the decree, explaining procedures for reporting discrimination.

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EEOC Trial Attorney Toby Wosk Costas says…

Even bars and clubs with provocative uniforms cannot discriminate by using the dress code requirement to oust a pregnant employee…When the short, tight outfit no longer worked, Taylor King no longer had a job. She could have continued to work at Nick’s had she not become pregnant. Under civil rights laws, that’s pregnancy discrimination, which is a form of discrimination based on sex.

Taylor King, the former bartender had the last word.

Just because you look different as a pregnant woman, it doesn’t mean you can’t do your job. I want people to know that if you feel you are being discriminated against, you should do something about it.

MY OPINION, YES I HAVE ONE 

Taylor King is a brave woman. Now her bravery has changed the way pregnant employees are treated at bars and restaurants where they are required to wear sexy clothes on the job.

Her discrimination lawsuit should also teach male bosses to have more compassion for pregnant women, and realize they want to work.

Also kudos to the EEOC that is always fighting to rid the world of discrimination.

IF YOU ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED, FILE A COMPLAINT

If you believe that you have been discriminated against at work because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information, you can file a Charge of Discrimination. A charge of discrimination is a signed statement asserting that an employer, union or labor organization engaged in employment discrimination. It requests EEOC to take remedial action. >>Filed a Complaint.

Source: EEOC Press Release

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Photos of Empowerment of Women and Girls in India and the U.S.

One photo can tell you the strength of a woman. Can you imagine what 300 can do?

More than 300 high-quality photos are being shared with the public. The images are of women and girls in two regions of the world: Bihar, India and Louisiana and Mississippi in the United States. It’s a positive look into their lives and what they are doing in their communities.

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The photos are available on an online photo database thanks to the partnership between the David and Lucile Packard FoundationGetty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and The Verbatim Agency.

The collection gives a positive look into the lives of women and girls who are located in different parts of the world. What they have in common are their leadership qualities. They are in decision-making roles, accessing and providing quality reproductive health care and are actively involved in their communities.

All the photos were taken by two world-renowned women photographers, Nina Robinson and Paula Bronstein.

Each photo tells a story. Look at all 300 images. Go to >> Online Data Base

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FEEDBACK ON PROJECT

Christopher Cox, Director of Youth Programs for Teen Health Mississippi said,

It is inspiring to hear the stories of these young women and to see them in action by way of the Raise Her Voice collection

Aidan Sullivan, CEO, Verbatim added

The potential of imagery to provoke conversation and drive change is unquestionable.

 

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

To view and download the new Images of Empowerment photos, available under Creative Commons licensing: visit www.imagesofempowerment.org/Bihar for images from the Bihar region of India; visit www.imagesofempowerment.org/UnitedStates for images from Louisiana and Mississippi in the southern United States. To read the photo essay, Raising Her Voice, visit www.packard.org/2018/03/raising-her-voice.

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You’re fired! The two words that changed my life for the better

Ten years ago today I was fired.

After almost fourteen years at KDFW-TV in Dallas, I was let go.

But guess what? I wasn’t devastated, hurt, sad or even afraid about my future. I didn’t think the world had ended.

The Fox station took my job, but not my talent, years of experience, many awards and my circle of trusted friends.

I knew I was going to be OK.

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If you ever get fired, remember you’ll be fine. Don’t blame yourself. I sure didn’t.

Don’t be embarrassed to tell people. It’s part of life.

Don’t be afraid to be judged. I never worried about what people thought of me losing my job.

Surround yourself with positive people you trust.

Stay positive and set goals.

Get out there and share your talent.

IT’S A NEW BEGINNING FOR SOMETHING BETTER

Getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to me. The opportunities I found and created have been endless.

I decided on four main goals: mentor, volunteer, consult and lead. Those goals have led me to jobs, opportunities and a paycheck. Here is some of what I have accomplished so far in ten years:

-I’m a successful freelance reporter/writer/producer. AARP was my first client.
-Served as Vice President of Online for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists better known as NAHJ. Volunteer position for four years. I sat on board for a total of six years.
-Currently serve as Vice President for the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter
-Founder of Wise Latinas Linked, the largest Latina networking group on Facebook and LinkedIn with combined membership of 10,000 women.
-Founder of Latinas in Journalism, the largest Latina journalism group of 1,800 women on Facebook.
-Public speaker on Latina and journalism issues. My favorite is “Surviving the Unexpected.”
-I’m a media and diversity watchdog. I fight for the rights of all journalists and push for more diversity in newsrooms across the country.
-Learned how to build websites from scratch.
-Learned how to code. Yes I know CSS and HTML.
-Continue to mentor girls in high school.
-Continue to mentor dozens of journalists at different levels in their careers.
-Served as social media manager for three years for NAHJ while VP of Online.
-Social media columnist for Latina Style magazine, a national publication.
-Social media consultant for nonprofits.
-Video producer for nonprofits. Thanks Rafael McDonnell for my first job.
-Offered $10,000 scholarship to get my Masters in Journalism at the University of North Texas. I am in my first year.
-Traveled to Israel on a journalism fellowship with Fuente Latina, a nonprofit news site.
-Serve currently and in the past as moderator and panelist on numerous journalism and social media panels around the country.
-Nominated in 2015 for Lone Star Emmy for “Best TV Commentator.”
-News consultant. Thanks Charlie Haldeman for my first gig teaching reporters how to report.
-Awarded two national awards for “Social Networking Leader” in 2011 and 2013 by Latinos in Social Media also known as LATISM.

Gathering with Wise Latinas in Dallas

KEEP GOING

I keep thinking how much I would have missed in life, stuck in the same newsroom, covering another crime or telling viewers as I stood on the side of the road “It’s cold out here.”

Don’t get me wrong, TV news is important, but sometimes you need a shove out the door to find something better. Today I continue helping people and telling stories.

More importantly, I also got to see my son grow up and go to college. I don’t know how many journalists have missed seeing their kids grow up. I’m lucky my son and I have great memories of me picking him up from junior high and going to McDonalds to talk.

I may not make the six-figure salary I earned during my TV days in Dallas, but then I was never motivated by money. My experiences as a TV reporter and a fired reporter have been priceless.

Thank you to John Boos, the best husband in the world. Thank you to some of my former coworkers like Saul Garza, Todd Eastman, and many others who stood by my side. Thank you to Rafael Olmeda who was president of NAHJ at the time and defended me. Thanks to many NAHJ members and a gazillion friends and fans who have been my support system since my firing. You helped me survive. Gracias!

Freedom feels good! Happy Anniversary to me.

FYI if you want the back story on why I was fired, go to Unclebarky.com. It’s was unfair, but I’m still standing.

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Shame on NRA’s Dana Loesch who defends organization by claiming the media ‘loves’ to cover mass shootings for ratings

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Dana Loesch at CNN Town Hall/ Screenshot

Dana Loesch, the NRA’s spokeswoman is paid big bucks by the organization to defend it. I understand that it is her job to “spin” information and protect the image of the National Rifle Association.

Once again Loesch did her job by moving the focus of the Parkland, Florida school massacre and the gun control issue from the NRA to the media. This time Loesch said the media “loves” mass shootings for ratings.

It’s called spin. Her spin.

I have covered too many murders in my 36 years as a reporter that I have lost count. They are the most difficult assignments to cover. I have only been to one mass shooting, but a death is a death.

I have shed tears on assignment, because it hurts to see people hurt. On the other hand I know that I have a job where I can help people understand, cope, and sometimes solve murders. I have never covered a murder for ratings. In fact, television viewers have often told me they turn the channel, because they are tired of hearing “bad news.”

Now please listen Anastasiya Bolton. She’s a crime and justice reporter in Denver. She has a  strong and powerful message to the NRA. “I’m an expert in mass shootings. I’m a journalists in a war zone here at home.” >> Commentary: I’m an expert in mass shootings

 

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Let’s be honest, Dana Loesch found her way to get more TV time and ratings by making a malicious statement. As journalists we can take it. She won’t be the first “talking head” to attack us for our work and definitely not the last.

 

 

 

 

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Forbes will pay all contributors, making changes to contributor network

forbes300Life is changing for contributors at Forbes Magazine. Randall Lane, the magazine’s new chief content officer says all contributors will now get paid.

Yes, they’ve had an army of unpaid contributors.

In a February story in Forbes, Lane explained how Forbes was doing well,

“60 million people visited Forbes.com in December, according to ComScore; 9.115 million people read the print edition of The Forbes 400 issue, according to GfK AdMeasure.”

Forbes is not only changing how its contributors are paid, but it’s also making changes to its contributor network. It launched the network seven years ago and has more than a thousand contributors. Here are more details:

  • Every contributor will be on a paid contract.
  • Standard pay rate will not change from current scale.
  • Larger, monthly $500 guarantee for those who post regularly.
  • $250 guarantee to those who post less regularly.
  • Top contributors will have access to top agent David Granger, who can help transform posts into book or movie deal.

Lane is hoping the contributors will have better success at Forbes.

“..we hope each contributor does far better. Many already do: In 2017, more than 100 earned well into five figures, including five that topped the $200,000 threshold.”

Expect to see more investigative stories in Forbes. Full-time reporters will get more time to do “deep-dive journalism.” Lane says they have had success breaking big investigative stories.

“Forbes journalists revealed how the president took money from a kids’ cancer charity and how the secretary of commerce was a serial fibber; we did in-depth profiles of every Trump foreign partner…”

Lane has big plans for Forbes.

It’s good to know that journalism is thriving and journalists are finding a place to do their finest work.

Resource: Forbes Why Forbes Is Investing Big Money In Its Contributor Network

 

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Politico, immigrants are people not commodities, ‘Get your own immigrant’ story insulting and insensitive

Give two professors time to come up with a ridiculous answer to the U.S. immigration issue, and you’ll get what Politico Magazine has just published.

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The headline said it all, “What If You Could Get Your Own Immigrant?”

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Eric Posner

Eric Posner, a Chicago law professor and Glen Weyl, a Yale professor think immigrants should be matched with Americans who need cheap labor. Their idea is to have an  international website where Americans can find an immigrant they can sponsor in exchange the immigrant can live in a basement and get paid $5 dollars an hour for work.

Can we say indentured servitude?

I am a fan of many reporters who work for Politico, but it is shocking that this article got by several gatekeepers at the magazine.

Do you really think immigrants should be treated basically like slaves? Do you really think they should live in a basement?

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Glen Weyl

Sure, some could say an immigrant can turn down the job, but still…live in basement? That’s how these professors think we should treat newcomers. How heartless!

Shame on Posner and Weyl who proved they think immigrants are commodities. Why not use your knowledge on “an idea” that can help immigrants live a decent life in the United States and be treated with respect?

Also shame on Blake Hounshell, Politico Magazine’s editor-in-chief who gave these guys a platform to insult the immigrant community. He also tweeted the story early because he was proud of it.

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Screenshot: Hounshell Twitter 

This is why more people of color are needed in managerial positions in newsrooms. I would love to know how many editors are Hispanic at Politico Magazine. If I was an editor at Politico this story would have been tossed out.

As the daughter of immigrants, I can’t imagine my parents shoved in a basement and paid five bucks an hour to feed their kids.  As a journalist, I am ashamed that an editor would look at this story and not realize it only encourages people to look at immigrants as property not as people.

No matter how you feel about immigrants, whether here legally or not, they still deserve respect.

As I was writing this blog, Politico changed the headline. They are getting backlash on social media for the story and the headline.  Now it reads “Sponsor an Immigrant Yourself.”

Too late the damage has been done.

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Albuquerque Journal accused of publishing ‘racist’ cartoon about Dreamers, decision also hurt reputable columnists and reporters

The Albuquerque Journal is feeling the public’s hate. Many are threatening a protest in front of the newspaper’s building and readers are cancelling their subscriptions.

Wednesday, the newspaper published a cartoon that many are calling “racist.” The Executive Director of the New Mexico LULAC Council said on Facebook “The comic portrays three youths dressed as thugs and terrorists and the caption reads ‘Now, Honey…I believe they prefer to be called ‘DREAMERS’…or future Democrats…”

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The newspaper has been bombarded with hate emails, social media posts and more. Unfortunately also hurt by the publishing of this syndicated cartoon are the good reporters and columnists at the paper.

One of them is columnist, Joline Gutierrez Krueger. She had nothing to do with management’s decision to put the controversial cartoon in the Journal, but she is also being attacked for it. Here is what she shared on Facebook:

 

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Joline told me  “This has been probably the roughest time I have ever dealt with, and I get criticism all the time.”

As I was writing this blog, Karen Moses, the editor-in-chief of the Journal issued an apology.

Political cartoons are often satire and poke at more than one point of view. I do not presume to know what cartoonist Sean Delonas was trying to convey in his cartoon that was published in Wednesday’s Albuquerque Journal. But on one level it appeared to us to be poking at President Trump’s rhetoric by portraying a quaking Republican couple who were painting Dreamers with a broad, totally false, brush.

Obviously, that was not the message received by many readers. Instead, many saw an extremely objectionable cartoon and thought that was the position of the Journal. It is not.

In hindsight, instead of generating debate, this cartoon only inflamed emotions. This was not the intent, and for that, the Journal apologizesAlbuquerque-Journal-logo

In my opinion, Ms. Moses needs to apologize to her staff, especially the reporters and columnists who are out on the streets dealing with people face-to-face.

One more thing. I’m not sure how many Latinos work at the Albuquerque Journal, but next time ask one of them if a cartoon like this would be perceived as “racist.” I know if I was in that newsroom I would have said “Don’t publish it!”

 

 

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There is nothing like being a reporter in the snow

Reporters aren’t afraid of bad weather, not even snow storms. After a while you have to think on how to keep warm and how to make the next “live shot” interesting.

KAYAKING IN A PARKING LOT

Reporter in Charleston got creative with a kayak, rope and the news car. She found a good snow covered parking lot and had some fun.

SERVE UP THE COFFEE PLEASE!

Reporter Tracie Strahan got a nice surprise as she was being pelted with freezing rain and snow on her face. It wasn’t a Starbucks delivery but warm coffee is welcomed.

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TIME’S UP unites women against sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace, and raises 15 million dollars for legal fund

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It feels good to see women unite on different fronts. Now we start 2018 with a new movement called TIME’S UP. More than 300 women, many well-known, united to start this mission.  The TIME’S UP website explains the why:

 

The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It’s time to do something about it.

 

This isn’t just women of Hollywood. This movement is involving women from all backgrounds and workplaces, from actresses to female farm workers.

 

TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.

 

TIME’S UP is also creating a fund to help women fight back legally.  Here’s a link to the TIME’s UP Legal Defense Fund. >>Fund. The goal is 15 million dollars.

 

Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. We partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable

 

LETTER TO “DEAR SISTERS”

 

 

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“Dear Sisters” is the organizer’s message and goals. They also gave credit to the women who work the farm fields.

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas’ members are Latina farm workers. They wrote a letter of solidarity in November to Hollywood men and women who had step forward to expose the sexual harassment they had experienced.  Here is part of their letter published in Time magazine: 

 

We wish that we could say we’re shocked to learn that this is such a pervasive problem in your industry. Sadly, we’re not surprised because it’s a reality we know far too well. Countless farmworker women across our country suffer in silence because of the widespread sexual harassment and assault that they face at work.

 

TIME’S UP WEBSITE RESOURCES CAN HELP YOU NOW

Check out the website TIME’S UP has put together. It has many resources and facts:

1. Know your Rights

2. What to do

3. TIME’s UP Legal Defense Fund 

 

Create change for all women in 2018.

Join TIME’S UP with your voice and financial support. Happy 2018!

 

 

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Geraldo Rivera calls news a “flirty business”, and tweets guidelines on when women should report sexual harassment. No joke.

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Fox News is distancing itself from Geraldo Rivera, one of its high profile correspondents.

Rivera got on Twitter and gave his opinion on the firing of Matt Lauer, sexual harassment and even came up with suggestions on when women should come forward and speak out on being sexually harassed.

Let me warn you, what Rivera has to say is going to make you angry, especially if you are a woman. Believe me, I have steam coming out my ears.

The 70-year-old called Matt Lauer, the fired Today Show anchorman a, “great guy, highly skilled…real gentleman to my family and me.” Lauer has been accused of sexually harassing several women.

I’m not sure what that has to do with sexual harassment.  Rivera went on say, “News is a flirty business…”

Wait is that suppose to justify sexual harassment in the workplace?

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River then gave his definition of sexual harassment, making it sound like some accusers may be taking out some kind of revenge on former bosses or ex-husband or boyfriend.

“Shouldn’t be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex’s.” tweeted Rivera.

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When women on Twitter suggested an all female morning show Rivera said “unacceptably retro.”

There you go another man telling us what we can and cannot do.

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Things got worse when Rivera decided to tell women when we should come forward if we have been sexually harassed.

He even came up with guidelines.

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Once again he called the news business “flirty.”

As a journalist for more than three decades I am insulted by this comment. I insulted by all of his tweets.

Do we meet people in this business and marry them? Yes, I did. That does not mean I was “flirty.”

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Finally after Rivera was slammed hard on Twitter, he did apologized.

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Rivera made journalists look bad, victimized the victims again, and as a Latina also embarrassed my people.

Fox News didn’t like what he had to say on Twitter. In a statement obtained by Deadline Fox stated:

Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him.

 

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News consultant says a**hole managers poison newsrooms and cost the company money; they must be dealt with

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If you ever get the chance to sit in on Kevin Benz’ session “No more A**holes in the Newsroom” you will quickly learn these type of managers poison a newsroom, cost the company money and force good workers to leave.

Benz is a former news director with many years of experience in management. Today as a news consultant he teaches managers how to be productive leaders. He’s also the former chair of RTDNA.

I attended his session at Excellence in Journalism conference in 2016. “We can’t expect things to change if we don’t get help changing it” Benz told a packed room. His session was based on a book called, “The No A**hole Rule.”

Part of it included a test, “Are you an A**hole?”

Benz reminded managers “You’ve got to remember the power of the words you use with people.”

Benz says the number one reason people leave newsrooms is because of their immediate supervisors and it has nothing to do with pay or job location. He also urges news directors to watch the relationship between managers and other employees.

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Louis CK admits to sexual misconduct “These stories are true.”

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Louis CK is now admitting to sexual misconduct after The New York Times talked to five women who say he masturbated or asked to masturbate in front of them.  The Times asked CK for a comment before the story was published but he did not respond.

How things changed in less than 24 hours.

Today he released a statement with words of  “remorse” and “regret.”

Finally, CK stopped denying the rumors.

CK told Vulture magazine in 2016 “No. I don’t care about that. That’s nothing to me. That’s not real.” after Gawker published a story about him in May 2015 about rumors he pleasured himself in front of women.

 

Louis CK statement:

I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.

These stories are true.

At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.

I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.

I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it.

I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with. I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.

The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s [sic] professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of ‘Better Things,’ ‘Baskets,’ ‘The Cops,’ ‘One Mississippi,’ and ‘I Love You Daddy.’

I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie and every other entity that has bet on me through the years.

I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.

I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.
Thank you for reading.”

DUMPED, CANCELLED, REMOVED 

Louis CK is finding that his sexual misconduct has consequences.

What’s next for CK? Will he go to rehab like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey? To be continued.

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Eight Men Arrested in Fort Worth on Federal Child Sex Trafficking Charges

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Eight men are in federal custody on charges of sex trafficking of children. They were arrested following an investigation by the Fort Worth Police Department’s VICE Unit. The men went before a federal judge in Fort Worth on Tuesday and were officially charged and remain behind bars.

  • Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 33
  • Robert Roseberry, aka “King Rose,” 29
  • Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29
  • Reginald Smith, aka “Green Light,” 28
  • Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 25
  • Kentrell Davis, aka “Zeal,” 24
  • Cederrick Clarkson, aka “Ced” or “Spazz,” 25
  • Terroderick Watts, aka “Silk,” 27

According to an affidavit in March of 2017, the Fort Worth Police Department’s VICE Unit conducted a recovery operation in response to a lead sent from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in reference to a suspected victim of Child Sex Trafficking.

Fort Worth police found a Backpage.com ad containing photographs of a minor female, Jane Doe 1, that advertised commercial sex acts. As a result of the operation, Jane Doe 1 was recovered. Additionally, two other minor females were also found in a closet located in Jane Doe 1’s hotel room at the time she was recovered.

The three females, and others, were victims of a child sex trafficking organization. Investigators say Lagrone, Roseberry, Sanders, Smith, D. Davis, K. Davis, Clarkson and Watts were members of that organization and recruited, advertised and sold several women, both adults and underage for the purpose of sex.

The suspects worked together as an organization by using some of the same underage and adult female victims to engage in sex acts, often working out of the same hotels. They transported female victims for the purpose of commercial sex acts, utilizing and sharing cellphones that were used to post ads for commercial sex on Backpage.com,

They also took pictures of the girls and women either nude or in their underwear and posted them as Backpage.com ads . The defendants were also frequently violent if the females angered them or did not follow their directions.

If convicted, the men face life in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Source: U.S. Justice Department >>U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas

CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING IS MODERN DAY SLAVERY

Backpage.com is where many child sex traffickers do their business according to this mother called Nacole. She says her teenage daughter became a sex slave and ended up “in the hands of a very evil man.” He posted her daughter’s photo also on backpage.com.  Listen to this very emotional story.

 

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Vivian Castleberry: trailblazer for women in journalism, dies at 95

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Archive photo: Vivian Castleberry

95-year-old Vivian Castleberry passed away Tuesday morning at her daughter’s home in Georgia. The former newspaper editor will always be remembered as the woman who opened doors for females in journalism starting in the 1950’s.

Journalism was always in her blood. She was determined to have a career at a time when most women stayed home to take care of their families.

Castleberry was a journalist at her high school in East Texas. She went to Southern Methodist University (SMU) where she joined the newspaper. There she started as a writer and eventually moved up to feature editor and then to assistant editor.

From 1956 to 1984, Castleberry held the position of women’s editor for the Dallas Times Herald’s Living section. She was known for being objective and exposing cultural taboos and didn’t let resistance from other editors at the Times Herald stop her.

She was one of the first reporters who wrote about topics like domestic violence, inequality at work, and child abuse. Castleberry also became the first woman elected to the newspaper’s editorial board. She won numerous awards for her work.

The JFK Assassination 

Castleberrry covered many interesting stories during her career.  She was working the day President John F. Kennedy visited Dallas on November 22, 1963. She got first hand information of Kennedy’s assassination from her cousin who was standing next to Abe Zapruder. He was the photographer who took what has become the most important film documentation of Kennedy’s assassination.  Castleberry said her cousin was Zapruder’s assistant but was never interviewed by the Warren Commission which looked into the case.

The many stages of Vivian Castleberry

Castleberry was one of the first women to show that a mother can work and raise her children. She and her husband had five children, and Castleberry kept on working.

She wrote four books: Daughters of Dallas, The Texas Tornado, Sarah the Bridge Builder, and Seeds of Success. In 1984, Castleberry was inducted into the Texas Woman’s Hall of Fame.

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Vivian Castleberry & Anita Marcos, President of Peacemakers. Photo courtesy: Lucy Huffstteter

Castleberry also founded Peacemakers Incorporated. In 1988, she served as Chairwoman of Peacemakers’ First International Women’s Peace Conference, which was attended by over 2,000 women from 57 countries.

In 2010, the University of North Texas established the Castleberry Peace Institute. Today it offers cutting-edge research and educational programs on the causes of war and peace.

Vivian Castleberry will always be known as a true Texas Trailblazer.

More sources on Vivian Castleberry

The Portal to Texas History: Oral History Interview with Vivian Castleberry

Castleberry Peace Institute

The Senior Voice

CalBuzz “Oswald’s been Shot”

Dallas Morning News:  Vivian Castleberry

Peacemakers, Inc.

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Jimmy Kimmel calls out Republican Senators after the Las Vegas massacre

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Once again it takes Jimmy Kimmel to make us sit back and think about gun violence, the politics behind gun control and the senseless murders of innocent people.

Kimmel has become the voice of reason on late night talk shows. A few weeks ago taking on Republican lawmakers on a health care bill that he believed was not good for Americans. It appeared his influence had an impact. The Graham-Cassidy bill died when Republicans decided not to vote on it because they they didn’t have enough committed votes.

Monday night Kimmel opened his monologue choking back tears as he reminded us about the deaths, injured and wounded left behind in Las Vegas by one gunman.

Here is a transcript of Kimmel’s powerful and emotional message:

“No way to know why a human being would do something like this to other human beings”

As you know, at least 59 people are dead, hundreds of people are wounded in what they’re saying is the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history coming about a year and a half after the previous deadliest mass shooting in modern American history in Orlando when 49 people lost their lives. And of course we pray for the victims and for their families and friends and we wonder why, even though there’s probably no way to know why a human being would do something like this to other human beings who are at a concert, having fun and listening to music. Jason Aldean was on stage, Luke Combs who was here with us tonight, he played the show, too. And obviously no one could have ever expected that something terrible would happen, but it did.

“…we have children without parents and fathers without sons…”

A very sick person smuggled 17 guns into his hotel room and smashed out the windows, started firing indiscriminately from the 32nd floor into a crowd of 22,000 people across the street. And as a result of that, this morning, we have children without parents and fathers without sons, mothers without daughters. We lost two police officers. We lost a nurse from Tennessee. A special ed teacher from a school here in Manhattan Beach.

It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up, it’s too much to even process. All these devastated families who now have to live with this pain forever, because one person with a violent and insane voice in his head managed to stockpile a collection of high-powered rifles and use them to shoot people. The guy was an accountant, he has no criminal record. His brother who lives in Florida seems totally shocked, genuinely dumbfounded, he said he saw no sign of any of this. The owner of the store that sold the killer some of the rifles said he passed the government-mandated background check when he was in the store. He wasn’t on any watchlist. He didn’t seem to have been a religious or political extremist. Came out of nowhere.

“Of course there’s something we can do about it”

Because of that, because there weren’t any of the usual signs, I’ve been reading comments from people who say, “This is terrible, but there’s nothing we can do about it.” But I disagree with that intensely. Because of course there’s something we can do about it, there’s a lot of things we can do about it. But we don’t, which is interesting. Because when someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones, we invoke travel bans, we build walls, we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can about that.

The Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume. Orlando, Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino, every one of these shootings the murderer used automatic or semi-automatic rifles, which are not weapons you use for self-defense. They’re weapons designed to kill large numbers of people in the shortest possible amount of time. And this guy, reportedly he had 10 of them in his room, apparently legally. At least some of them were there legally. Why is that allowed? I don’t know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen. Or better question, why do we continue to let them allow it to happen?

“…we’ll move on to the next thing, and then it will happen again and again”
Five people got shot in Lawrence, Kansas, last night, three of them died, it didn’t even make a blip because it’s just a regular part of our lives now. And you know what will happen, we’ll pray for Las Vegas. Some of us will get motivated, some of us won’t get motivated. The bills will be written, they’ll be watered down, they’ll fail. The NRA will smother it all with money and over time we’ll get distracted. We’ll move on to the next thing and then it will happen again and again.

Last night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said this is not the time… actually it was today, this morning, she said it was not the time for political debate. I don’t know, we have 59 innocent people dead, it wasn’t their time either. So I think now is the time for political debate.

“lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because NRA has their balls in a money clip”

President Trump is visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday, he spoke this morning, said he’s praying for those who lost their lives. In February, he also signed a bill that made it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip, also sent their thoughts and their prayers today, which is good. They should be praying. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country, because it’s so crazy.

“These are the faces of the senators…voted against a bill that would have closed those loopholes”

Right now, there are loopholes in the law that let people avoid background checks if they buy a gun privately from another party, if they buy a gun online or at a gun show. So I want to show you something. These are the faces of the senators who, days after the shooting in Orlando, voted against a bill that would have closed those loopholes. These are the 56 senators who didn’t want to do anything about that.

“So with all due respect, your (Senators) thoughts and prayers are insufficient”

Ninety percent of Democrats, I’m not talking about politicians here, I’m talking about people and 77 percent of Republicans support background checks at gun shows. Eighty-nine percent of Democrats and Republicans are in favor of restricting gun ownership for the mentally ill. But not this gang! They voted against both of those things. So with all due respect, your thoughts and your prayers are insufficient.

By the way, the House of Representatives is voting on a piece of legislation this week. It’s a bill to legalize the sale of silencers for guns, this is what they’re working on. We have a major problem with gun violence in this country, and I guess they don’t care. If I’m wrong on that, fine, do something about it. Cause I’m sick of it.

“It feels like someone has opened a window into hell”

I want this to be a comedy show. I hate talking about stuff like this. I just want to laugh about things every night, but that it seems to becoming increasingly difficult lately. It feels like someone has opened a window into hell. And what I’m talking about tonight isn’t about gun control, it’s about common sense. Common sense says no good will ever come from allowing a person to have weapons that can take down 527 Americans at a concert. Common sense says you don’t let those who suffer from mental illness buy guns.

In June of last year, the NRA fought to make sure people on the no-fly list can buy guns. They aren’t allowed to get on a plane; they’re allowed to own a very dangerous gun. Who thinks that makes sense?! Them, I guess, the people who voted with the NRA. Maybe I’m nuts, but I would like to think we could put politics aside and agree that no American citizen needs an M-16 or 10 of them. And maybe that way, we don’t do this again. And that seems very reasonable to me.

You know, in 1980 we had a big fire at the MGM in Las Vegas. It was horrible, 85 people died, you could see the fire. I was 13 years old, I’ll never forget it. A man jumped out the window, it was a terrible thing to see. Then a few months later there was another fire at the Hilton and five people died. So you know what they did? They changed the laws. They made major changes to the fire safety codes and it hasn’t happened again. Why would we approach this differently? It’s a public safety issue, and something needs to be done already.

“Tell your congress people to do something”

So tell your congress people to do something. It’s not enough to send your love and prayers. We do, we send our love and support and whatever else is needed to Las Vegas, and to the families from all over the country and Canada who had the worst night of their lives last night.

Vegas is a funny town, it’s easy to forget people live there, but they do. Lots of good people. These people showed in droves today to donate blood, because it’s the only thing they could do, and so they did it. But there is more that we could do, and we need to do it.

“Don’t forget them”

Thank God for the police in Las Vegas, who risked their lives trying to locate the man with the gun. Thank God for the doctors and nurses and firefighters and paramedics who rose to the occasion, as they always seem to do when we need them to. And the concertgoers themselves who helped each other, who threw their bodies on top of each other, who drove their private cars full of people who were bleeding to the hospital. Don’t forget them.

“…don’t forget what’s going on in Puerto Rico…”

And don’t forget what’s going on in Puerto Rico, either. Just because they’re not the lead story today, they still need help. And if you want to help either one a good way to do that is to give to the American Red Cross … and we send all our love to our family and friends in Las Vegas and everyone affected by this terrible event.

I’m sorry for getting emotional, I’m not great with this kind of thing. But I just think it’s important, you know?

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Google tools provide updated information to locate earthquake victims and property destroyed in Mexico

 

Google has created a map that shows where the destroyed and heavily damaged buildings are located in Mexico City after Tuesday’s earthquake. It is constantly being updated.

 

Google has also created a locator site. Visitors can share who they are looking for or information they may have about a victim or survivor of the earthquake.

Google Locator

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