A quick reminder: SPJ is now one member, one vote. Make sure to vote when you receive the email later this month. I would appreciate a vote for me.
Tomorrow (July 11) is the annual University of Idaho High School Journalism Workshop. I am concerned because of the low turn-out that is expected. High school administrators seem to be discouraging journalism. Plan on talking with students and teaches, will post results.
The New York Times recently published a great article on the state of high school journalism, explaining why so many schools are dropping their programs. Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/nyregion/at-school-papers-the-ink-is-drying-up.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
By Rebecca Tallent
It has been happening a lot lately: Native Americans misrepresented in the media, often with animal images.
Whether it is Michelle Williams’ Another Magazine photo shoot where she is dressed as a Native American in a wolf-like costume or a former Minnesota TV news director posting on Facebook an “Indian and other animals” are on his front lawn, once again Native Americans are being described in media as anything but human.
Some mainstream media ventured into reporting on the case of a Cheyenne River Sioux elder’s allegations that he was mistreated by medical staff at the Rapid City Hospital in South Dakota, violating his human rights. In his federal lawsuit, Vern Traversie said the letters “KKK” were carved into his abdomen, plus he was verbally abused and refused pain medicine.
The problem with the reporting, said Native American Journalists Association President Rhonda LeValdo, is many mainstream news groups, including The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, used comparisons of religious images in inanimate objects, such as a water stain or a taco shell, to describe the people who believe the elder’s story. Not an animal, but not human either.
Please ask me any question about my run for SPJ’s Board of Directors.