The unprecedented number of TV outlets in need of shows and growing pressure for inclusive fare is a one-two punch that’s creating opportunities for overlooked writers and ignored perspectives.
In this newly created position, Yasmine Osborn is tasked with further developing D&I programs across its stations in 26 markets.
Newsrooms have been dominating the news lately. Just last week alone, both ABC News and CBS News named new leaders and Reuters News Service tapped a new editor-in-chief. Earlier this year, MSNBC installed a new president to succeed veteran Phil Griffin, who had worked at the network since its launch in 1996. The recent changes in the senior ranks of these various news outlets reflect a much more diverse field of executives — a welcome change to what has largely been a white male-governed business for decades.
Attitude, accountability, education and lack of role models explain many of the reasons for entry-level difficulty and long-term broadcast careers.
Diversity and inclusion within the media industry were moving ahead at a respectable clip. Then the pandemic happened. How should organizations get back on track with their hard-fought efforts?
ABC’s Owned TV Stations division has launched a new race and culture content team that will oversee an expansion in the group’s coverage of underrepresented communities. The new initiative launched with the docuseries Our America: Living While Black, and has since staffed up to expand its output with several more specials in the works.
Jay Leno has apologized for anti-Asian jokes he made on The Tonight Show stemming back two decades. In a joint press statement released Wednesday with the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, Leno admitted that he knew in his heart the jokes were wrong.
As part of its commitment to advance equity, diversity and inclusion within the journalism industry, the Scripps Howard Foundation has selected the University of North Texas and Elon University as the recipients of grants from its new program for emerging journalists. The foundation, the philanthropic organization of The E.W. Scripps Co., has awarded a total of […]
After Tegna rejected its proposed board members, minority owner Standard General, one of the company’s largest shareholders, is soliciting proxies for the Tegna annual shareholders meeting so it can seat those candidates anyway. That is according to an SEC filing Wednesday, March 17, in which Standard General said it is seeking to place three board members to help diversify the board, and cited the withdrawal of their fourth candidate, former FCC official and top ad association executive Adonis Hoffman, as a reason for needing to add that diversity.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said in a statement Saturday that it would focus on adding Black and other underrepresented members to its organization in addition to increasing transparency around its operations.
Harassing emails. Demeaning comments. A struggle to climb the corporate ladder. In interviews with The Washington Post, 17 former and two current employees of Golf Channel describe sexism and misogyny they endured at the network.
The streamer commissioned the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to analyze its 2018 and 2019 original, live-action films and series, and presented the results to members of the press Thursday in a video presentation. The results were, as Annenberg Inclusion Initiative founder and director Stacy L. Smith noted, far more positive than most Annenberg reports, which have typically found only slow, sporadic improvement in the most popular films.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says it needs a culture change to become a better place to work, particularly for people of color. The newspaper told its employees in a report Wednesday that it will take steps to be more inclusive and welcoming, saying its study of the workplace culture represents a […]
The media and entertainment industry has disproportionate influence over society’s attitudes, feelings and behaviors. When we take time to embrace and mentor people of color in our business, as the late Jeana Stanley of Hearst did, good things happen — we foster advancement while combatting stereotypes. Here’s to the time in our country when everyone can clearly see what they can be.
NBCUniversal said Friday that actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for all new productions by the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, NBC network and Peacock streaming service. Above, actress Eileen Grubba in a scene from New Amsterdam.
Four days after CBS put two of its local television executives on administrative leave for alleged racist and sexist conduct, the ViacomCBS-owned company has instigated an external investigation into the potentially damning matter. “We are committed to creating a company culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive for all of members of our CBS and ViacomCBS community,” said Entertainment Group boss George Cheeks in an email to CBS Stations staff on Friday.
The National Association of Broadcasters has created an advisory committee to the NAB Board of Directors that will provide insights and suggestions on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues. The committee will consist of senior-level broadcasters who are women and people of color, and may include current NAB and NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF) board members […]
The Branded Content Project, an initiative by Local Media Association, the Local Media Consortium and Facebook Journalism Project, today announced a call for entries from Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) publishers for its Branded Content Sales Bootcamp. The program will provide state-of-the-art sales training and consulting to help publishers develop successful and sustainable branded content offerings and related […]
Kamala Harris’ inauguration is an inspiring sign of progress — but it’s also a reminder of how challenging it is to increase racial diversity in the highest ranks of leadership. Sadly, the television station business stands as a sobering example.
After ABC’s Big Sky drew Native American censure for overlooking an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls, its producers set about making changes. But the first, hurried steps were called “bumpy” and insulting by Native leaders.
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that reaffirms Congress’ commitment to media diversity and strategy of working with media organizations to better represent the American people. The bill, H. Res 549, was introduced in 2019 by Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.). It’s official wording is: “[A] resolution reaffirming the commitment of the House of Representatives to media diversity … and pledges to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity.”
A study by Nielsen found that women and people of color are underrepresented on television relative to their share of the overall population. The study by the ratings service looked at not just how many people from various identity groups are cast on TV series, but how often and how long they appear.
Native American tribes and coalitions are condemning Big Sky, a Montana-set ABC drama produced by David E. Kelley, for ignoring the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead making Whites the crime victims.