Journos to talk race in Ohio

Soledad O'Brien visits Ohio Feb. 20.

Soledad O’Brien visits Athens, Ohio, Feb. 20.

Kudos to the JRN and COM programs at Ohio University for booking CNN veteran Soledad O’Brien to talk about race on campus Feb. 20.Sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, the E.W.  Scripps  School of Journalism and the School of Communication Studies, O’Brien continues to produce “Black in America” documentaries for CNN.

“When my colleague Justice Hill first told me we might be able to bring Soledad O’Brien to campus, I realized it was a great opportunity for the journalism faculty and our students to be part of this conversation,” Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism,  said in this piece.O’Brien is hosting town-hall conversations throughout February – Black History Month – to share her own professional and life experiences with audiences.  Her “Black in America” effort premiered on CNN in 2008 as a multi-part series of documentaries covering issues, challenges and culture of African Americans across the country.

My employer, meanwhile, will feature three journalists this spring talking about race-related topics. The Miami University Lecture Series Committee will bring in Juan Williams and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Feb. 26 for a panel discussion called “Freedom Summer: The Voting Rights Act and the Political Realities of 2014.” On March 17, Jose Antonio Vargas, lately of the Washington Post, will be in Oxford to present “Define America: Let’s Talk About Immigration.”

See details for the Feb. 26 event at http://www.units.muohio.edu/lecture/lectures/freedomsummer.php. For more on the March 17 event go to http://www.units.muohio.edu/lecture/lectures/vargas.php.

  • Daniel Bollendorf

    It seems to me that if things got as out of hand as people are saying then it’s even more important to make an example of people like Melissa Click. I don’t know what is an appropriate punishment in this case but doing nothing is deffenitly not the answer.

  • chizwoz

    Undoubtedly she should, yes. Although I fear you’re a little detached from the reality of some of these overly-Leftwing campuses, Michael. Suggesting that this would disincentivize other staff from doing the same is to assume that this sort of thing doesn’t happen very often. This sort of thing happens constantly. It’s just very rarely caught on camera.
    As Greg Lukianoff (FIRE.org) pointed out when he recorded the viral video of the girl who was possessed by an evil spirit at Yale, this sort of thing happens constantly. It’s just almost never filmed because it tends to erupt spotaneously and unplanned. The perpetrators then just lie about it later. Ask yourself who they would have believed had there been no video? The 1 student journo or the teacher?

  • The categories need to be reworked, and perhaps assigned to specialized judges. There’s a big difference between news articles, feature articles and investigative articles, and that difference stood out like a sore thumb here.

    The Star Citizen article (third place tie) was a half-written, sloppy attempt at an investigative piece. It was in no way a news story (which is normally taken to mean “breaking news”, or the inverted pyramid stuff).

    If there were an investigative journalism category, judged by investigative journalists, they would have asked why the article originally ran before the company responded. What was the rush? This wasn’t time-sensitive.

    And what about the lack of indication as to what positions the oddly code-named anonymous employees held that made them privy to the financial state of the company? I can find disgruntled former employees from any sizeable organization all day. The question is whether those employees have relevant knowledge of the financial state of the company.

    Most of all, this should have been shelved until the writer talked at least one of the employees into going on the record. Also, I would have made an attempt to find someone with a history in the video-game industry in a position to evaluate some of the assertions made by the employees. There are people scattered all over the academic world who worked in gaming and do research on the economics of gaming. Do a freaking Proquest or Browzine search and find one. If Roberts has taken on an impossible job, and is burning through money on a chimera, the writer should have been able to find someone willing to talk about that, who doesn’t have to be given a code name from a bad sci-fi movie.

    My irritation with this winner isn’t that it was a bad idea for an article. It was that it seemed to be slapped together too rapidly, and reeked of angry hit piece. Another few months (which is a minimal expectation for investigative pieces) could have made it a promising article.


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