quote block on purple: "There should not just be diversity in numbers, but diversity among those who have power in news media. In other words, there should be equity."

Even in crisis — especially in crisis — we need equity

Some groups have been excluded from the most powerful halls of U.S. news media for as long as U.S. news media have existed. The structures and institutions we rely on for news were designed, like many U.S. institutions, to grant power to a select few. Here is one example: We recently saw the 50th anniversary […]

hand-drawn "Weekly News," with children's writing, five issues laid out

A short note: Newsrooms that serve

It’s been one year and my niece and her friends’ news startup is going strong! They reached two-thirds circulation of their class and are now reviewing their costs (copying machines and staples) and distribution (reading period is a good time for news) while still serving their classmates. I’ve spent a lot of the last year […]

woman on rocky beach looking out at new york city skyline

In collaborations, who gets paid?

This is a short note to tackle something head on that I’ve been having sideways conversations about for a few months. It’s a very “inside-journalism” subject, so please forgive me if you aren’t in the media. Hopefully, this is still interesting and applicable to your industry. Many of my colleagues have asked to know more […]

Help! I need an editor!

I’m at the Collaborative Journalism Summit in Philadelphia and Darryl Holliday of City Bureau is articulating something really important: Journalism organizations need to equip people in some way. They need to equip people to take action, to tell their own stories, to participate in democracy. Read Darryl’s talk here. It’s a really beautiful way to […]

What’s Angilee up to? Get emails once in a while.

“And I thought, ‘If they could only treat us and think of us the same way they do their animals … ‘ Instead, they treat us like terrorists and they think of us as bad people.”

Two brothers who spent 14 years apart sit at a kitchen table in a mobile home outside of Minneapolis. The elder one, David, looks around at the freshly painted blue walls with pride. He’s adding new window frames, flooring and appliances bit by bit to make a home for his family. David left El Salvador […]