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Who’s honing Twin Cities’ media focus? Blacks in management still a rarity in local television, radio news

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Blacks are barely represented on the air and in management at Twin Cities television and radio stations. The MSRrecently examined four local station websites — WCCO (Channel 4), KSTP (Channel 5), KMSP (Channel 9), and KARE (Channel 11) and found:

WCCO: one Black female anchor, one Black anchor/reporter, one Black reporter

KSTP: No Blacks

KMSP: One Black reporter

KARE: No Blacks

The MSR also examined KSTP and WCCO Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Public File Reports for the December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2011 reporting period — the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that these reports are publicly available. KSTP-TV filled 38 full-time openings, including two meteorologists and three reporters. The station also reported the Council on Black Minnesotans, the St. Paul Urban League, Minneapolis Urban League, the Minneapolis NAACP chapter and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) as among its recruitment sources. Continue Reading →

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Media justice activists develop racial equity pledge

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Nearly 50 persons attended “A Gathering for Media Justice” held last weekend at Hamline University for community members and local non-mainstream media representatives. Sponsored by Community Action Against Racism (CAAR), Main Street Project and KFAI-FM, the December 8 half-day “conversation-based” event discussed media justice issues with an emphasis on local mainstream media coverage of communities of color. “People came [to the Saturday event] because they have a real hunger to see things different,” said Main Street Project Community Organizer Danielle Mikali. “I think oftentimes we feel frustrated and we don’t know where to turn. “As a media justice organizer, but also as an African American woman and mother, too often I don’t necessary know where to look in terms of the really great independent media outlets that are sharing stories,” Mikali said of the various local media that were represented at last Saturday’s event: the Cities’ two Black newspapers, the Twin Cities Daily Planet “and even cable — there were some cable access show hosts that were here,” noted Mikali. Continue Reading →

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Brief: Author blasts media bias

 

 

 

Last week, Main Street Project, Waite House and Headwaters Foundation for Justice together with The Center for Media Justice and Free Press welcomed author Joseph Torres to the Twin Cities to promote his book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, co-written with Juan González. Over the course of his two-day visit, Torres brought the story of race and the American media to several audiences, mostly of color. The high point of his visit was an evening community event in which Torres detailed the legacy of racial segregation in the media and the ways in which it has distorted news coverage and impacted the health, safety and well-being of communities of color. Using a mixture of images, storytelling and facts, he covered over 300 years of history that is not typically taught in schools. The audiences seemed receptive to Torres’ message that media creates the landscape that shapes how society views and responds to communities of color. Continue Reading →

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Main Street Project tackles array of justice issues

 
Empowerment at the grassroots is their forte
 
By Vickie Evans-Nash
Contributing Writer

 

Main Street Project is a grassroots organizing initiative with three primary areas of interest: economic justice, civic engagement and media justice. Neil Ritchie is founder and executive director of Main Street Project, established in 2005, initially the nonpartisan arm of the League of Rural Voters established in 1986. For about 25 years Ritchie has done rural community organizing work from both a political and economic development perspective. In 2005, Main Street Project responded to a Northwest Area Foundation initiative to encourage leadership in four states that represented their geographic territory — Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Idaho. They would assist immigrant populations in rural communities that did not get the same attention as urban communities or have the same access to philanthropic resources. Continue Reading →

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