PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS
The big education journalism news of the week has to be the announcement that Nikole Hannah-Jones has been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation as one of this year’s geniuses.
Reactions from around the education world poured in. “Congrats to the bad ass, brilliant @nhannahjones,” wrote the NYT’s Erica Green. Hannah-Jones thanked EWA’s Lori Crouch “for focusing your org’s attention to covering the scourge of segregation.” The Times put out a “Best of Nikole Hannah-Jones.” There’s a nice interview with her and her boss, Jake Silverstein, here (from which the picture above is taken). Chalkbeat recommended 4 great Hannah-Jones education stories.
On Twitter, Hannah-Jones understandably objected to being asked about being one of the nation’s preeminent black writers (she’s usually compared to Ta-Nehisi Coates) in this piece (CityLab). “When does anyone ever call white writers preeminent WHITE writers?” She pushed back harder when asked pretty much the same question in another piece (Poynter).
EdWeek sent Andrew Ujifusa (pictured) to Puerto Rico, where his beautiful writing and elegant prose stood out to AASA’s Sasha Pudelski. Read more of EdWeek’s on-the-ground reporting here. Find his twitter feed here.
The new ASNE report is out: How Diverse Are US Newsrooms? No big surprises – or big movement: Newsrooms are still mostly white and male. Minority journalists comprise 16.6 percent of the workforce in U.S. newsrooms, according to the latest survey… Women make up 39.1 percent of newsroom employees. Larger newsrooms are generally more diverse than smaller ones. Online outlets do better than legacy/print outlets.
Also: CJR put out a special report Covering a country where race is everywhere. “Not only do our racial identities as reporters matter, but so does our understanding of how race functions”
Apply now! FIJ, Schuster Institute boost diversity in social justice investigative reporting http://ow.ly/sshq30fL6GO via @fvaraorta
The 2017 Network For Public Education conference later this month in Oakland features advocates, academics, & — she’s everywhere! — Nikole Hannah-Jones.
The 2017 conference of The National Coalition on School Diversity is being held October 19-20 in NYC.