Excellent advice all around
Excellent advice all around
The recent appointment of Emma Carmichael as Jezebel’s new editor in chief — over longtime deputy editor Dodai Stewart has prompted many conversations about what it’s like to be a writer/editor of color in the already precarious world of journalism.
The world of New York/coastal media is elite and insular — but for journalists of color around the country who are outside the curtain, we think it would be helpful for them (and us) to share with them our thoughts on and frustrations (and inspirations) with our profession.
We want you to contribute to a BuzzFeed post rounding up advice from prominent journalists of color that’s directed at up-and-coming writers and editors of color.”
1. What advice would you give to young/new journalists who are just starting in the field?
2. What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you first started?
3. And this great question from Anna Holmes’ Bookends column: Is there anything you did as a writer starting out that you now regret?
To be clear, your answers do not have to be explicitly about the Jezebel thing; we’re aiming for a much bigger, broader discussion.
We’d like to get a solid paragraph from you, but you should definitely feel free to go longer. We’re more than happy to keep your identity anonymous if you choose; we don’t want to put anyone in any sticky situations in this already sticky world of journalism. At the very least, we’d like to include your role at your publication (or whether you’re a freelancer) and a general sense of whether you work online or in print or on broadcast primarily. Email these responses to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by EOD Friday.
Things have been quiet here, but I’m working on changing that, so please, send submissions! We want to publicize your work, and everything else!
This is worth your time.
AlterNet || February 23, 2014
Here’s one truth, black folk are all home grown Negroes in one space and international blacks in another. In other words, apparent privilege is often attached to location.
Al Jazeera America || February 23, 2014
Over the next three years cross-town busing programs will gradually wind down, magnet schools created specifically to alleviate segregation problems will stop accepting new applications and the school districts will return to neighborhood-based zones, which the superintendents acknowledge could lead to an increase in school segregation based on the racial makeup of Little Rock’s different neighborhoods.
So in what could be called the cradle of desegregation, education administrators and parents are left with the same question that bedevil many schools across the country: What happens when the notion of returning to “local” schools solidifies the very segregation people vowed to fight?
The American Prospect is hiring an associate editor.
Also, ProPublica is looking for interns. The gig pays $700 a week and is based in New York.
You’ve heard about Ezra Klein’s new venture at Vox Media?
If not, here are the details.
And this? This is the application. Check it out.
You know what you should do? You should apply for The American Prospect's writing fellowship, a fantastic program that has produced alumni like Ezra Klein, Dana Goldstein, and Adam Serwer. It's a full-time job that pays a competitive, entry-level wage.
It’s totally worth it.
And yes, while the deadline has passed, I have it on good word that they’re still taking applications.