Monthly Archives: November 2015

Respect in Reporting project provides a new lens for my reporting

The pressure on journalists to get a stories up faster, and to craft language and headlines that generate clicks not sell papers, has changed journalism. These changes often lead to sensationalized reporting, assumptions about people and facts, and a lack of respect in reporting that contributes to white supremacy, transphobia, and the dehumanization of people. To minimize the lack of respect in a changing media culture, Press Pass TV launched Respect in Reporting, a media justice campaign. Dr. Cara Berg Powers presented the Respect in Reporting campaign in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. Continue Reading →

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Read And Watch The MN GOP CD2 Debate-Full Transcript And Video

Jason Lewis, Pam Myhra, David Gerson, John Howe and David Benson-Staebler debate

Read the transcript and/or watch the video as five Republicans running for Minnesota’s only open congressional seat answer questions including how will they say “no” to solve budget problems? Continue Reading →

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AFSCME Says Walker Methodist Health Center Trying To Bust Union

Union Workers Rally Outside Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis

Workers at Walker Methodist Health Center are fighting management again to keep their union — and at the same time try to negotiate for a living wage. A rare employer-initiated election to decertify the union will likely happen sometime in December. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Spokesman Recorder now designated as a historic landmark

On November 20, 2015, the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder at 3744 4th Ave. South in Minneapolis was designated as a historic landmark. Publisher and CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard’s comments begin at the 4:00 min. mark. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder is the Black-owned business in the state of Minnesota. Established in August 1934 by Cecil E. Newman, the Spokesman-Recorder today remains a family-run newspaper company that is African American and woman-owned, led by Williams-Dillard, granddaughter to Mr. Newman. Continue Reading →

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Respect in Reporting at The UpTake Institute

Guest blog post by Dr. Cara Lisa Berg Powers, Co-Director of Press Pass TV.Last week I had the incredible honor and pleasure of spending the day with the inaugural class of The Uptake Institute Conflict Sensitive Journalism Fellows. This groundbreaking pilot initiative in the Twin Cities is working with a talented group of journalists to examine and deepen best practices for covering complex and intense situations with sensitivity, cultural competency, and an analysis of the ways that journalism impacts the communities it serves. As you can imagine, I was very excited when our friends at the Boston Institute for Non-Profit Journalism (BINJ) introduced us to The Uptake and connected their fellowship to the ideas behind our Respect in Reporting Campaign. Here’s a little more about the Fellowship (emphasis mine):

The fellowship serves as an incubator for conflict-sensitive journalism—an approach to journalism that emphasizes understanding, solution finding and peace building within communities and our state. Conflict-sensitive journalism borrows from conflict resolution research and practice to help journalists understand the many types of conflict—political, social, economic, cultural, religious—that they cover on a daily basis. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: A Little Girl in the Segregated South

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Dr. Bernadeia Johnson shares what it was like to grow up in the segregated south and how our society faces some of the same issues today. Dr. Johnson served as Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) from 2010-2015, overseeing a district of 35,000 students and 7,000 staff and working diligently to improve education outcomes and close the city’s wide achievement gap. She grew up during the civil rights era in Selma, Alabama, spending summers with her grandparents in Minnesota. A National Board Certified Teacher, she has also served as MPS Deputy Superintendent and a principal, assistant principal and teacher in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Continue Reading →

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Jamar Clark Murder Investigation Already “Screwed Up,” Says Police Brutality Prevention Group

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Michelle Gross says what Minneapolis police did at the shooting scene will prevent the state and federal investigators from gathering all of the eyewitness accounts. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: Knowing Where We Come From Determines Where We’re Going

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Peggy Flanagan joined Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota as its executive director in 2013. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy was the first Native American and youngest person ever elected to serve on the Minneapolis Board of Education (2005-2009). She co-chairs Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Cradle to K Cabinet and has served on Governor Mark Dayton’s Task Force on Child Protection. A nationally-recognized expert on civic engagement, Peggy was chosen by Campaigns & Elections magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. Continue Reading →

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Religious Activists Applaud Vote To Slash Sentences For Drug Offenders

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“Don’t take the money and throw it at putting people in a box,” an ex-felon told a state commission that voted to slash recommended sentences for drug offenders who have swelled Minnesota’s prison population beyond capacity. Continue Reading →

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