Reason.com - "The National Basketball Association's playoffs came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday after players boycotted scheduled games to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white police officer" in Kenosha, Wisconsin. NBA, MLB Games Postponed. August 26, 2020
"In a leaguewide meeting Wednesday night involving every NBA player in the bubble, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers voted against finishing the season, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix. What this means for the future of the playoffs remains unclear, though it's clear the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Wisconsin has shaken up the NBA community." Sports Illustrated Story 8/26
" At least six MLB teams have postponed their own games Wednesday night in response to a now-growing boycott movement among professional sports teams that are protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake" including the San Francisco Giants. Read: The Wrap August 26, 2020
WNBA Cancels Games to Protest Blake Police Shooting - Rolling Stones August 26, 2020
KPIX 5 - 11 PM lead story includes SJSU Prof. Shaun Fletcher insights . August 26, 2020
CBS News - Multiple Professional Sports Teams Boycott in BLM Protest August 26, 2020
LA Times - Sports Fans More Likely to Support Black Lives Matter July 2020
WBUR - Athletes Taking A Leading Role in Black Lives Movement June 5, 2020
CNN international news correspondent Sara Sidner has made a career of being in the middle of major global conflicts. CLICK PHOTO to read her powerful personal insights while covering two deadly police encounters that triggered national outrage and continuing protests.
Ebony Magazine: "Is history repeating itself?" (Article excerpt)
Mercury News: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Through The Years
NYT Editorial Board: The Radical Resistance of John Lewis
ABC News: Timeline of his Lifetime
USA Today: Trump and Obama Reactions
Facebook: Celebrations of John Lewis
Oprah Tribute to John Lewis
Sen. Rand Paul (2017) : "John Lewis Not Immune To Criticism"
ANOTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DIES:
The Vatican: Pope's Strong Message about George Floyd - 6/10/20
KQED: The Role of Cross-Racial Solidarity in a Time of Protest - 7/3/20
CNN: Police Unions Shield Officers From Accountability - 7/2/20
Pew Research: Condemning Racism, June 5, 2020
NABJ: ABC Fires Exec For Racially Insensitive Comments - 7/20/20
CBS News: FBI investigates Indiana assault of a Black man - July 7, 2020
COVID 19 & AFRICAN AMERICANS 2020:
Washington Post: Systematic Racism Even More Deadly
To The Point: Virus More Prevalent & Deadlier
Latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Santa Clara County Health Department:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Medical News: White Coats for Black Lives is a national organization that aims to dismantle racism in health care. See story: Addressing Racial Inequity.
Pew Research: Hispanic Trends ( Including Covid 19 community info.)
National Association of Black Journalists: Covid 19 Job Resources
KPIX-TV/CBS 5 legend Don Sharp talks about growing up in 'Jim Crow America,' and being encouraged by the 2020 national movement to finally end racism. See the story: Reported by SJSU Journalism post-graduate student Devin Fehely.
2020 Movement to End Racism in America.
CNN: Trump fanning the flames of racism.- 6/20/20
NY Times: Why we're capitalizing Black - Style Change 7/5/20
" ...why we need police and the notion of eliminating them is fantasy. Police across the nation have needlessly killed too many people ..."
LA Times - After George Floyd, A Time to Listen and Learn - June 6, 2020
NPR: America Reckons With Racial Injustice - Special Series
White Educators As Allies - Moving from Awareness to Action - Research Paper
NY Times - Fresh Scrutiny of Police in Europe After George Floyd - June 12. 2020
NY Times - A Town Divided Over A Blue Lives Matter - June 19, 2018
How Business Leaders should respond to George Floyd Protests - June 2, 2020
How Will George Floyd's Death Matter To Insurance Industry - June 10, 2020
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"Education on Wheels" Special Revisited
In 2009, the SJSU Journalism School gave ten media students a unique learning experience in route to the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. CLICK IMAGE to see how it unfolded then. Eleven years later, they describe 'Lessons Learned' since their graduation:
Click names above for their Summer 2020 remarks on Racism & Police and Covid 19.
Many people encounter it every day in subtle and overt ways. Some honestly don't intend to offend, but still say and do things that do. Others actually choose RACISM as a motivating strategy by tapping into widespread fears and deeply rooted false beliefs. It all divides America as it hides in society ready to explode at any moment until collectively 'We The People' address it, and vigilantly reject it. The question is are we at that moment now in 2020? Click to hear local experiences.
SJSU Diversity in Media students, from a variety of majors, open up and self identify their many cultural community connections. Each semester we begin with this class TV studio project to help individuals relax and feel empowered to share, listen and learn about the many interpretations of diversity. SEE ONLINE: Student produced researched critiques of professional media portrayals of diverse cultures in America.
While on campus to receive the 2016 William Randolph Hearst Foundation Award for excellence in professional journalism, SJSU Journalism School students host a candid interaction with the international news correspondent known for covering racial protests in America, and political unrest around the world.
SJSU student Justin Allegri documents the JMC School 2009 historic "Education on Wheels" learning experience across country. Ten students were selected to drive to and report from the landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement in The South while in route to the first Inauguration of President Barack Obama. CLICK HERE - Allegri's video reports on YouTube.
Food for thought to inspire critical thinking for informed discussions and decision-making, as we work towards finding viable solutions. Views expressed below are not necessarily those of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, or administrators representing San Jose State University.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
— by Benjamin Franklin
Video- Proctor and Gamble: "THE LOOK"
A 2019 advertising campaign started to get people to talk about how they see African Americans in American society. Their message is "let's talk about the look so we can get beyond it."
In a joint statement, two national media organizations represented in higher education say...
"America must address its societal issues from racism and discrimination, to #MeToo, LGBTQ+, immigration, the haves and have nots, the COVID-19 pandemic, and, of course, the political partisanship across the nation that has fueled national division." See more: Journalists must be able to report freely.
RELIABLE SOURCES & UPDATES: (Click links to see videos or stories.)
Twitter and Square are making Juneteenth a permanent company holiday.
Juneteenth will be a company holiday at Twitter and Square, CEO Jack Dorsey said Tuesday. The June 19 holiday, which celebrates the emancipation of US slaves in Texas in 1865, will be set aside for "celebration, education, and connection," he said.
(VIDEO) Protests called in solidarity with America's Black Lives Matter movement. Demonstrators are also highlighting racism and police brutality in their own countries.
News anLester Holt is joined by a team of journalists from across the country focusing on the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
'Demanding Justice and Systematic Change.'" Understanding the past sheds light on where we are now, and how much farther we have to travel on the long road to justice."
2015 New York Times article - How a Black group of social media activists built the nation's first 21st century civil rights movement:
ABC News full coverage of the first of four funeral services for the victim of the fatal police incident. The family and several special guests begin the final journey for George Floyd.
NBC Bay Area: Uncomfortable conversations are often the most meaningful conversations. The Bay Area is listening, but are we hearing each other? We’re having that conversation.
June 1st: In Atlanta, a disturbing video of police tasering two college students and yanking them out of a car for breaking curfew resulted in the officers’ firing.
ABC News reports on concerns protesters are coming in more contact and could cause a rise COVID 19 virus cases nationwide.
The collapse of politics and governance leaves no other option. Read the full story.
Graduates of our program will be invited to participate in several Zoom meeting discussions this coming academic year. The focus will be on the impact of COVID 19, the police protests and Election 2020 on their lives and careers.
For many years, MCOM 105 final project videos have offered media professionals candid suggestions on how stereotypes and bias negatively affect public perceptions of cultural community realities and truths.
See Examples: 2016 Videos
National Correspondent talks with journalism students about dangers covering the Ferguson, Missouri Black community riots against police violence.: JMC Television recorded discussion.
College experts in media research and practices attending the AEJMC national convention in San Francisco talk candidly about teaching students how to discuss racism in classes, and share experiences. 2015 'Equal Time' broadcast.
Professionals from a wide range of fields offer candid interview comments about the global Black Lives Matter Movement, and racism in our society. (Look for them here soon.)
A distinguished Bay Area news photographer, from the SJSU Journalism Class of 2015, offers an eyewitness look and commentary about a tense racism and police confrontation in San Jose. (Interview to be streamed here.)
Damian Trujillo from NBC Bay Area and Telemundo shows and describes his experiences on live television as police fired projectiles into a Black Lives Matter protest crowd in San Jose.
(Video to be posted here soon.)
Another distinguished SJSU Journalism graduate working in TV on the East Coast talks about racism she has experienced in her life, and reactions there to the BLM global protests.
(To be posted here soon.)
Journalism graduate Ramona Turner has worked in both broadcast and print newsrooms. She offers her insights on BLM, and how the global movement is having a profound impact on the media. (Video link coming here soon.)
After more than forty years of practicing medicine, a retired Bay Area physician says he still has sleepless nights thinking about the insensitive and cruel treatment of Blacks in the Southern hospital where he first trained. Stay tuned here for that eye-opening interview.
An egregious example of man's inhumanity to man, caught on video, has touched off an extraordinary national and global outcry against the brutal Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. Once again excessive police tactics, long endured by people in communities of color, have caught the eyes of millions. But this callous act has so deeply sickened and enraged, that thousands have chosen to step out, and speak up despite the every present danger of an invisible and proven killer, the Covid 19 virus. After weeks of sheltering-in-place to stay alive, the deeply rooted, historic and painful wounds of racism have overwhelmed our sense of decency prompting people from all demographic groups to act. This incident of universal wrong has triggered a human tidal wave against a demoralizing act that many now believe must finally be made right.
In 2017, our SJSU Journalism collection of stunning insights about racism helped launch a special series called “Racism: My Experience.” Since then SJSU students across campus have elected to take our Diversity in Media class, then research and explore racism and other social ills in media. At semester's end each student develops advisories for professionals focused on subtle and blatant stereotypes about race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and disabilities in a wide range of entertainment and news content. Click here to see online video examples.
Today, daily news reports of ever-increasing numbers of police protests, fueled by tireless young people with a passion and a focus, are offering new insights about a generation once labeled as apathetic. Their current determination to fulfill America's lofty promises and expectations of "liberty and justice for all" has caught the eye of former president Barack Obama. See recent comments on video.
TIME: Police protests in New York City: The Photograph
Pew Research: Police Views vs Public Views 2017
Flashback: Emmett Till Funeral In Chicago
During the summer of 2020, I invited my colleagues to join me in documenting this unique moment in world history. Special thanks to Dr. D. Michael Cheers,
Halima Kazem-Stojanovic and Juan Serna for their thoughtful contributions and tireless efforts.
Our JMC Motto: WE LEARN BY DOING!
Every semester students from a wide range of academic majors and Bay Area diverse cultural communities agree to address timely
news headlines, do research for better understanding, then come together to exchange insights, ideas and personal experiences
to showcase how to talk about very sensitive topics and teach society how to do it respectfully.
Talk about building a meaningful portfolio, and developing real world mass communications talents in college!
CLICK LINKS BELOW to see recent WOKE! Journalism TV productions:
SJSU Journalism School Graduates 2015:
Racism: My Experience
How To Self Identify Your Diversity 2016
MCOM 105: Celebrates Its Diversity & Truths 2018
Pulse 2016 Nightclub Shooting / Religions Respond
SJSU Journalism / Adobe Partnership 2015
SJSU media students work with former CNN Correspondent, Prof. Bob Rucker to produce and participate in lively community interactions with top professionals in a wide range of fields for timely and important updates on pressing issues:
Unique opportunities to meet famous people happen all the time at SJSU. The TV network's Chief White House Correspondent met with more than 300 Bay Area media students to talk about always maintaining the highest ethical standards in their work.
JMC School faculty presented Acosta with the 2018 William Randolph Hearst Award for excellence. See his powerful acceptance speech:
Crowded and dehumanizing detention cages, children separated from parents indefinitely , and Americans forced to choose between national security and their historic values. Students react to the endless immigration crackdown in news headlines, and offer personal insights on how this humanitarian crisis at the border touches their lives.