1. The Invisible Latina

    A friend and I were driving down a street where a building had just been demolished. “What used to be there?” he asked. It was impossible to conjure up. It struck me that that is what my existence is like, and that of my mother, my sister and my daughter. Invisibility in the media makes it impossible for others to conjure up what we could possibly be doing with our lives, what we could possibly look like. And if we are doing something “unexpected” it is because there is something “exceptional” about us. This is not some strange multigenerational coincidence, this whitewashing of who we and others are is the history of our country.
  2. Though I usually get my news from a variety of sources, including Facebook and Twitter, this is the first time that I’ve felt that the internet alone is my most, no my only, suitable option for knowing the entirety of a story.
  3. As I’ve previously explained, none of these Sunday shows get impressive ratings as a general rule. And that’s because their audience is basically limited to three groups of people: Beltway insiders, really old people, and people who have become immobilized on a semi-permanent basis and are thus unable to reach their remote controls and change the channel.
    A New Host On ‘Meet The Press’ Isn’t Going To Solve Its Problems

    Also a good number of people who might possibly watch are at church… it is on Sunday morning, after all.
  4. therumpus:

    We’re beyond bummed to let you know that Roxane Gay is leaving the Rumpus to focus on other endeavors (like her two new books, the recent novel An Untamed State and the imminently forthcoming essay collection Bad Feminist). Roxane is as much a part of the site as anyone, and we hope she won’t be stranger around here.

    Luckily, she’s leaving us in good hands. We’re happy to welcome Mary-Kim Arnold as our new Essays Editor! You can get to know Mary-Kim on tumblrtwitterfacebook, and instagram—and of course, here on the Rumpus.

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  5. "The vast majority of the people here do not take the warnings seriously because it’s not clear where they are supposed to evacuate to," [NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin] said.
  6. journosofcolor:

    Hey all! We’re Heben and Tracy, writers at BuzzFeed.

    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 heben@buzzfeed.com or tracy.clayton@buzzfeed.com by EOD Friday.

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  7. Rape isn’t entertainment, it’s a never-more pressing outrage that is not to be enjoyed with a glass of Merlot and a few cheese straws as you watch your “edgy” TV drama. There are more refuges, more sexual assaults and women are now seen as sex objects on an unprecedented scale.
  8. pulitzercenter:

    Pulitzer Center grantees Allison Shelley and Allyn Gaestel discuss their project on illegal and often dangerous black-market abortions in Nigeria.

    View their project: Deadly Cycle: Nigeria’s Silent Abortion Crisis

    Reblogged from: pulitzercenter
  9. Certainly, quitting 60 Minutes was the most impetuous thing I have ever done. But looking back, I realize how I’d changed. Beneath my polite, mild-mannered exterior, I’d developed a bullheaded determination not to be denied, misled or manipulated. And more than at any previous time, I had had a jarring epiphany that the obstacles on the way to publishing the unvarnished truth had become more formidable internally than externally. I joked to friends that it had become far easier to investigate the bastards—whoever they are—than to suffer through the reticence, bureaucratic hand-wringing and internal censorship of my employer.
  10. Call me crazy, but allegations of sexual harassment and abuse are a little more important than what type of sandwich Uncle Terry likes to eat in the morning.
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