Posted in Awards, Human Interest, Inspirational, Uncategorized

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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Posted in politics, Uncategorized

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.

Posted in Human Interest, Inspirational, News management, Uncategorized

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.

 

Posted in News Now, Nonprofits, Trending, Uncategorized

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.

 

Posted in Breaking News, immigration, Latino Community, Uncategorized

U.S. Catholic Bishops speak out against Trump administration’s policy to separate immigrant families “Children are not instruments of deterrence”

Bishop Daniel Flores and Bishop Joe Vásquez of Texas are telling the world even on  Twitter they are against the Trump administration’s move to separate undocumented parents and their children at the border.

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Bishop Flores tweeted on May 31:

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Separating immigrant parents and children as a supposed deterrent to immigration is a cruel and reprehensible policy. Children are not instruments of deterrence, they are children. A government that thinks any means is suitable to achieve an end cannot secure justice for anyone.

The Trump administration denied for months that there was no formal policy separating families at the border. Their story fell apart and finally they had to come clean that they were separating parents from their children as a deterrent to keep other immigrants from coming to the U.S. illegally.

Read a good background piece by Jonathon Blitzer in The New Yorker. In “How the Trump Administration Got Comfortable Separating Immigrant Kids from Their Parents,” Blitzer writes:

On April 6th, Jeff Sessions and Kirstjen Nielsen, the head of Homeland Security, announced a zero-tolerance policy for immigrants at the border. Anyone who didn’t cross the U.S. border at an official port of entry would be criminally prosecuted, even if they were seeking asylum, and those travelling with their children would be separated from them. The policy was now official, and the Administration acknowledged its rationale: it was separating families to discourage others from travelling to the United States illegally

What was the policy before? Politifacts reports:

Before the Trump administration, immigrants entering illegally as families were rarely prosecuted, said Sarah Pierce, an associate policy analyst of the U.S. Immigration Program at the Migration Policy Institute. Instead, immigrants were held in family detention centers until they were sent to appear before an immigration court or deported.

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Bishop Joe Vásquez, the Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued a statement on June 1:

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Forcibly separating children from their mothers and fathers is ineffective to the goals of deterrence and safety and contrary to our Catholic values. Family unity is a cornerstone of our American immigration system and a foundational element of Catholic teaching. ‘Children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward.’ (Psalm 127:3) Children are not instruments of deterrence but a blessing from God.

Rupturing the bond between parent and child causes scientifically proven trauma that often leads to irreparable emotional scarring. Accordingly, children should always be placed in the least restrictive setting: a safe, family environment, ideally with their own families.

My brother bishops and I understand the need for the security of our borders and country, but separating arriving families at the U.S./Mexico border does not allay security concerns. Children and families will continue to take the enormous risks of migration—including family separation—because the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle remain: community or state-sanctioned violence, gang recruitment, poverty, and a lack of educational opportunity. Any policies should address these factors first as we seek to repair our broken immigration system.

The New Yorker reports that according to the Department of Homeland Security, 658 children were separated from their parents between May 6th and May 19th.

 

Other stories of interest:

Houston Chronicle: Immigrant Families Separated at Border Struggle to Find Each Other

Posted in Breaking News, immigration, Latino Community, Uncategorized

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, 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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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.

Posted in Breaking News, Fox News, Journalist, Sexual Harassment, Uncategorized

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.