Belgium’s annual multi-charity appeal gets underway

first_imgBelgium’s annual multi-charity appeal gets underway  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 November 2002 | Newscenter_img The annual November appeal by Belgian overseas aid charities has begun.The appeal, run by 11.11.11, the Flemish umbrella body of international aid agencies, aims to raise 5 million euros over the coming weeks. This year’s campaign theme is globalisation.Read “Annual charity fundraiser begins” at Expatica.com. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Emmaus UK turns down donations from prize draw company

first_imgEmmaus UK turns down donations from prize draw company Melanie May | 11 October 2019 | News Tagged with: Law / policy transparency  339 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 “Raffle House was always designed to be a vehicle for charitable giving as well as providing our customers the chance to win their dream home and our new weekly £1,000 cash-prize guaranteed giveaways. We bundle both opportunities into one single ticket purchase for £10 and from that we also cover donations to various charities; every customer gets to choose which charity to donate to via our system – and we’re now looking for another worthwhile cause to fill the gap that Emmaus has unfortunately left.” Emmaus UK has said that it is unable to accept donations from prize draw provider Raffle House on the basis of its commitment to ethical fundraising and to ensure it remains in line with its own values.Raffle House supports charities through its prize draws, which offer people the opportunity to win both property and £1,000 cash prizes. At launch it chose three homelessness charities to support: Emmaus UK, Centre Point, and Housing for Women, and donates 2.5% of every £10 ticket brought.In a blog on Medium last month, Raffle House announced that it would no longer be able to support Emmaus UK and would now be splitting all donations equally instead between Centre Point and Housing for Women after the charity had contacted it to say that it would be unable to accept any donations due to the fact that Raffle House is a gambling company. It added that, before it had made a profit, it had already raised £14,000 for the charities.Speaking to UK Fundraising, Helen Brandley, Emmaus UK acting Head of Communications & Fundraising explained the decision, saying:“We were contacted by Raffle House in June 2018 who informed us that they planned to raise money for Emmaus UK, along with a number of other charities. In August 2019 we were contacted by a third party who informed us that the raffle had been drawn.“Having carefully considered the donation against our own values and our commitment to ethical fundraising, we took the decision that we would not accept the donation and notified the organisers of this. As a charity we are committed to ensuring we feel comfortable with the origins of any money we receive, and on this occasion felt it necessary to decline the donation.”Benno Spencer, Raffle House founder and CEO also commented, saying: Advertisement  338 total views,  5 views todaylast_img read more

Clinton Urged to Raise Shi Tao Case at China Internet Summit

first_img Related documents 050909lettre_clinton_1-2.docMSWORD – 112.5 KBShi_Tao_8sep05_-_CH.pdfPDF – 98.52 KB Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures -the press release in Chinese ChinaAsia – Pacific News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China Organisation to go further RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News News Human Rights in China (HRIC) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today issued an open letter to former president Bill Clinton, urging him to raise the case of jailed journalist Shi Tao and encourage Internet companies, especially Yahoo!, to implement their human rights obligations.President Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the 2005 China Internet Summit, starting on September 10, which brings together CEOs of leading Internet companies from China. The summit, hosted by Yahoo!’s new Chinese partner, Alibaba.com, comes just days after a media outcry over the revelation that Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. provided e-mail account information that assisted in the conviction of Shi Tao, who was sentenced to ten years in prison on April 27 for “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” President Clinton once predicted that economic development in China would ultimately bring greater respect for human rights. “President Clinton should take this important opportunity to underscore the international human rights obligations of both states and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. Companies need to take responsibility for the serious repercussions of their complicity in maintaining information censorship and repressive control,” said Human Rights in China. “China must honor its commitments under the Beijing 2008 Olympics Action Plan, including encouragement of a free and open information society.”In 2002, Yahoo! became one of many firms to voluntarily sign the “Public Pledge on Self-Discipline for the China Internet Industry.” Others U.S. companies, such as Microsoft and Google, have also adapted their services in China in ways that have restricted access to information. “The role that Yahoo! played in securing Shi Tao’s conviction does damage to Yahoo!’s brand name,” said Reporter Without Borders. “Internet companies must be open on where they stand with respect to their human rights obligations; President Clinton is a good ambassador to relay this message and has a valuable opportunity this Saturday.”Human Rights in China is an international monitoring and advocacy non-governmental organization based in New York and Hong Kong. Founded in March 1989 by Chinese scientists and scholars, it conducts research, education and outreach programs to promote universally recognized human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in the People’s Republic of China.Reporters Without Borders defends imprisoned journalists and press freedom throughout the world, as well as the right to inform the public and to be informed, in accordance with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reporters Without Borders has nine national sections, representatives in Abidjan, Bangkok, Istanbul, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Tokyo and Washington and more than a hundred correspondents worldwide.Please find attached-the letter sent to Bill Clinton September 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Clinton Urged to Raise Shi Tao Case at China Internet Summit April 27, 2021 Find out more Human Rights in China and Reporters Without Borders issued an open letter to former president Bill Clinton, urging him to raise the case of jailed journalist Shi Tao and encourage Internet companies, especially Yahoo!, to implement their human rights obligations. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Lake Avenue Church: Saturday Night Service Moves to Warehouse

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Faith & Religion News Lake Avenue Church: Saturday Night Service Moves to Warehouse Published on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 2:53 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Recently, an exciting question is being asked within the church family: is it possible to provide a setting where an 8-year-old, a twenty-something and a 70-year-old might find themselves in proximity, worshipping next to each other, praying together, or discussing the message together?Increasingly and by design, the Saturday Night Worship Community is working to become more and more “intergenerational”, as families find a common ground to worship together and explore ways to make this service not only something one should go to, but something intrinsic among church members.With this desire in mind, on March 24 Lake Avenue Church will be trying out the Warehouse (located on the third floor of the Family Life Building) as the worship venue. The informality, flexibility and familiarity of this space will help church members to practice these desired goals. Additionally, from the nurseries on up, all ages will be in the Family Life Building.“We know that the more a family worships together, the more the children notice and are influenced by the faith of their parents”, says Children’s and Student Ministries Pastor Jeff Mattesich. “We are excited that in our Saturday Evening services, children and students will not only participate in leading this service, but also have the opportunity to be part of the worship gathering. Fourth grade and younger will stay in the service until the message is given. Fifth grade and up will remain the entire time. This will allow for children and students to worship alongside the adult community, which is so beneficial.”So remember, Saturday, March 24 is the date where the church will gather in its new worship location. Lake Avenue Church invites the whole church family to gather for a Gospel Worship Celebration, starting at 4:30 pm. (If any family would like to sing in the Gospel choir that night, plan to attend the rehearsal on Thursday, March 22, from 7 – 9 pm in FL 300 (Warehouse).Please join Lake Avenue Church in praying for God to surprise all people with His plans for this service, and that His followers may be open to the Spirit’s leading for this Saturday Night Worship Community.Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 844-4700 or visit www.lakeave.org. Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Council Approves New La Salle High School Master Plan, New Tree Plantings, and Minimum Wage Ordinance Revisions

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff LaSalle High School got the green light to implement their 15-year expansion plans and a proposal for Pasadena to plant hundreds of trees over the next year was also approved at Monday night’s Pasadena City Council meeting.A $25 million, 15-year master plan to add a new aquatic center, gym, field house and parking lots for LaSalle, Pasadena’s largest private high school.The plan, in two phases, would expand the property to a total of 83,874 square feet. A new performing arts center would also be built in the second phase of the program.“We need excellent facilities to support our excellent programs and education,” said Dr. Richard Gray, president of the school.Scores of students filled the Council chambers, along with a number of cheerleaders, in support of the plan.The plan would also come with nearly 100 various conditions, to mitigate the long-term construction impacts on residents and neighbors, but resident Kevin Wheeler spoke out against the expansion, speaking on behalf of “six or seven other neighbors,” and offering what he called “compromises” in response.Wheeler proposed that the school place the new outdoor aquatic center indoors as opposed to the proposed facility, and that building heights be lowered to protect neighbor’s views of the San Gabriel mountains Wheeler also suggested that the school limit the number of future “third party uses,” such as Pop Warner football and AYSO soccer,Student Elijah Griffin told the Council, in response to complaints about construction noise, “Noise and other hindrances should not get in the way of our education. And this is not just for us, but for all the other La Salle students to come.”The expansion was approved unanimously.Separately, the Council approved the planting of 600 new trees between October and May as part of the first season of a three-year, $289,140 contract with West Coast Arborists.According to Charles Peretz, Pasadena’s Parks and Natural Resources administrator, the City will actually plant fewer, yet hardier, trees this coming year. Care for the trees will be done through an agreement with West Coast Arborists to water and maintain them.The City will also be replacing more trees this coming year, replacing dead trees that have fallen victim to the current drought, according to Public Works Director Ara Maloyan.Maloyan also told the council that trees damaged in the December 2013 windstorm have all since been replaced with a stronger species.Other business handled by the Council last night included approving amendments to the City-Wide Minimum Wage Ordinance that passed in March and took effect on July 1.City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris said the amending law intends to clarify and revise the ordinance. The changes do not affect the dollar amounts of the minimum wages, but instead focused on administrative issues.According to a Fact Sheet prepared by Bagneris, the amending ordinance intends to clarify who in city government is responsible for administering the program, as well as certain employee classification procedures, obligations of employers regarding notifications and postings and the method of calculating the CPI (consumer price index) for purposes of raising the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation.The Council also approved recommended modifications to the City’s Transit Oriented Development ordinance. Business News Subscribe Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Government Council Approves New La Salle High School Master Plan, New Tree Plantings, and Minimum Wage Ordinance Revisions Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 3:26 pm Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a commentcenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Your email address will not be published. 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Judge agrees to ‘play ball’ with two soccer stars

first_imgNewsLocal NewsJudge agrees to ‘play ball’ with two soccer starsBy admin – February 4, 2011 817 Print TWO young men who strayed off the straight and narrow had their ‘love of soccer’ to thank for Judge Tom O’Donnell having recognised their positive approach, and agreeing for a probation report for each to be submitted to court. It was their connection to the city’s most popular sport, and affidavits from their respective clubs, that may be the thing to keep them out of prison yard football teams. A 20-year-old man who, as his solicitor said, “featured on the back pages of the newspapers for his prowess in soccer and nothing more,” was charged with breaches of the Public Order act and a barring order that was in place over him from going to his parents home since last Summer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick District Court heard that Edward Madigan of Hillcroft, St Patrick’s Road, was diagnosed with chronic ADHD as a young boy and undertook an intensive course of daily medication.However, in a bid to better himself, the court heard that Madigan stopped taking his medication in his late teenage years.His love of sport and soccer never waned, and was much sought after by clubs and teams across the county, having played at the highest levels.Garda evidence was given that the accused was drunk and disorderly, and as a barring order was in place, he had breached that on several occasions by calling to his parents home. He was duly arrested and charged, and hence before Judge O’Donnell answering the allegations.John Herbert, solicitor, said that the man’s parents were forced to put the order in place as their son was having difficulties with alcohol. He also advised the court that the man had since been invited back to his parent’s home over the Christmas period.Similarly, a 31-year-old man found himself charged with the possession of small quantity of zanax tablets and a flick knife kept in his sock.Anthony Lynch, with an address at Maryfield House, New Road, Thomondgate, was charged with the offences.On helping friends set up their market stall one Saturday last November, the court heard that Anthony Lynch found the knife and kept it as he felt it would be useful in his interest as a fisherman.Having struggled with alcohol in the past, he went for a drink on the way home, and as his solicitor said, “one drink lead to another and another and another”. He was stopped near King John’s Castle and searched, and it was then that the tablets and knife were found in his possession.A qualified welder and originally from West Limerick, Anthony Lynch was described as a lad “doing his best despite difficult circumstances”.He lost his job during tough economic times and was trying to support and maintain contact with his young child. But it was his love and connection with the soccer community that was heralded as one of his strongest assets.In hearing the cases separately, Judge O’Donnell recognised the circumstances of both, but credited their association with the positive aspect of soccer in the city.Letters were handed in from the soccer clubs of both Madigan and Lynch, and the Judge canvassed a probation report for each to be presented in court on March 24 next. He added and encouraged their involvement in soccer, and credited Madigan in his pursuit of coaching badges, and both men for their “keen interest in soccer”. Email Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement Previous articlePublic’s train of thought welcomed by Irish RailNext articleRTE turn down free Willie admin Twitterlast_img read more

Limerick businesses can ‘Elevate’ this February

first_imgWhatsApp LIMERICK businesses are being urged to “Elevate” next month and partake in the ISME business briefings to help better their business.With information and discussions on topics like alternative sources of finance; managing credit risk, networking and more, ISME’s Elevate Business Briefing Series for Spring will hit Limerick on February 15.Aimed at owners and managers of small and medium businesses, this series of business briefings is being designed to provide a forum for SMEs to gain business insights and information; stimulate new ideas; as well as offering great opportunities to network with fellow business people and grow their business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ISME Chief executive Neil McDonnell, said “SMEs are looking beyond the gloom of Brexit at the opportunities ahead. Despite the challenges, we’re optimistic for 2017.”Conall O Móráin, presenter of The Sunday Business Show on Today FM will chair the sessions and will open each session with a general overview about business in Ireland for SMEs.Each event will feature a presentation by Paula Carney-Hoffler of Hugh J Ward & Co. Solicitors, about “Managing Credit Risk and Getting Paid.”In his presentation, Ross McCarthy, Keystone Procurement will demonstrate how SMEs can grow their business through contracts and collaboration, and offer advice when dealing with tenders to the public sector.The seminar will also hear from a local SME on their business story to date.See isme.ie for more details. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Linkedin BusinessNewsLimerick businesses can ‘Elevate’ this FebruaryBy Staff Reporter – January 23, 2017 831 TAGSbusinessElevateISMElimerick center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleTom to bring tastes from the bridge to the bay along the Wild Atlantic WayNext articleOne giant leap for Limerick students Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

The Cost of GSE Reform

first_img  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Secretary Carson Restates HUD Commitment to Fair Housing Next: States Trying to Circumvent Federal Property Tax Changes A new analysis by Zillow determined that proposed reforms to the GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, may increase monthly payments for borrowers by up to $400 a month.The changes being considered by Congress are intended to reduce taxpayer risk in the event of another market crash. Fannie and Freddie have been under government conservatorship since September 6, 2008, following the housing crisis. However, Zillow’s analysis shows the changes may decrease housing affordability as borrowers face shorter loan durations and higher rates.”Some GSE reform proposals could lead to the end of the 30-year mortgage as we know it, which has long been the bedrock for financing homeownership in America,” said Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. “If monthly payments do rise and, more importantly, stay elevated, at some point we’d expect home prices to come down a bit in response to this decreased purchasing power, and some long-time owners could opt not to sell to preserve their smaller monthly payments.”Borrowers seeking alternatives to the 30-year mortgage may face increases in their monthly rates by as much as $400 as they move from a 30-year loan to a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. Additionally, 30-year non-conforming loans, which are not guaranteed by the GSEs, would cost borrowers around $20 more per month.“A shorter loan period would mean the lifetime cost of the home is lower, and some households may be able to absorb the extra monthly cost on their mortgage,” said Terrazas. “But in the nearer term, first-time homebuyers or buyers on the margin could feel a real pinch as homeownership becomes significantly less affordable.”Zillow notes that until these changes are officially signed into law, there is now way to know for certain how GSE reform will impact borrowers. The Cost of GSE Reform Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Conservatorship Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform GSEs market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Conservatorship Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform GSEs market 2018-03-10 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img About Author: Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / The Cost of GSE Reform The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago March 10, 2018 2,253 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Gregg Allman Honored Memorial Advocacy Award At National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable Event

first_imgThe National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) honored the late Gregg Allman with a new annual award presented last night at the organization’s 15th anniversary dinner at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Allman, who in 2011 went public about his own battle with hepatitis C, encouraged testing and awareness, and raised critical funds before his death earlier this year from liver cancer complications. Michael Lehman, Allman’s longtime manager, accepted the award, which will be given each year to recognize exceptional work on behalf of people living with viral hepatitis.“Gregg Allman was, and remains, one of the few celebrities to go public about his journey with hepatitis C,” said Ryan Clary, executive director of NVHR. “He empowered baby boomers to seek treatment and testing, and raised critical funds for NVHR and the American Liver Foundation. We will be forever grateful.”“Gregg recognized an awareness gap, particularly among baby boomers who are infected with hepatitis C and either don’t realize they have the virus or just are not seeking treatment,” said Lehman. “He sought to remove the stigma with the message that it doesn’t matter how you contract hepatitis C – it only matters that you find it and treat it. While I wish Gregg were here to receive the award himself, I’m honored to accept it on his behalf and to have the opportunity to support NVHR for all its work over the past 15 years to stem the tide of this devastating disease.”After going public with his battle with hepatitis C, Allman headlined Merck and the American Liver Foundation‘s “Tune In to Hep C Campaign” to raise awareness and urge baby boomers living with the disease to do something about it. As part of “Tune In to Hep C,” The Allman Brothers Band held a hepatitis C fundraiser and awareness concert before a packed house at the Beacon Theater in New York. The concert, which featured special guests Phil Lesh, David Crosby, Grahame Nash, Natalie Cole, Danny Louis, and Billy Gibbons, raised $250,000 to benefit NVHR and the American Liver Foundation for education and awareness efforts. The funds were critical, given the extreme lack of resources in the hepatitis community. [photo by Phierce Photo]last_img read more

How racial issues can be fairly framed

first_img National concerns over racial justice lead to campus introspection, discussion, research, and action Related When she first heard that a Virginia television reporter and cameraman had been murdered while they were on the job, “My immediate thought was, ‘Please God, don’t let it be a person of color,’” said Callie Crossley, a WGBH-TV and radio host and former Nieman Fellow. “And, of course, it was. Now we have a different dynamic. The shooter has underscored the threat perspective that one has about black men.”So began a lively and very frank panel discussion on “Race and the Media” before 130 people at a packed Barker Center on Thursday. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) organized the discussion, which focused on the media’s portrayal of recent racial issues and how it can frame perspective and opinions about race.Picking up on Crossley’s comments, panelist Michael Jeffries, an associate professor of American Studies at Wellesley College, said, “One of the uglier aspects of this event is that the shooter filmed it and posted it on Facebook and other social media, allowing people to see it over and over again.“There was great concern and regret and sanctity for the welfare of the victims’ families and how wrong it was to view that kind of imagery” ― in contrast, he said, to the concern evoked by images of Eric Garner being choked by a New York police officer, though the circumstances there were different.“There is no such thing as telling the whole story,” said panelist Carole Bell, assistant professor of communications studies at Northeastern University. She said journalists must “frame” or select certain aspects of a story “to help us interpret it by selecting certain facts.”Rupa Shenoy, a WGBH reporter, said it is hard to get editors in a newsroom to agree to allow reporters to cover stories regarding minorities in the way that reporters of color want to cover them. She said that some editors resisted her using the phrase “black lives matter” when reporting on that movement, and when she questioned it, told her that “all lives matter.” After Ferguson, the ripples across Harvard “I get so frustrated,” she said. “It’s a continual fight.”Bell said she believes that the only reason “black lives matter” was eventually picked up by the mainstream media was because of reports or feeds on social media.A reporter’s predisposition can get in the way of presenting fair and accurate portrayals of people of color, said Bell, adding that it is much more common for media to reinforce existing values than to reshape them.“They are reproducing the culture in which they were raised. We are wedded to what we think we know,” she concluded.Crossley asked how that can be changed.“One major intervention is the use of social media to collect and spread the news,” Jeffries responded. “They not only report the facts on the ground, but tell you how to get there, what’s coming next.” However, he warned that some social media outlets are starting to clamp down on the kind of imagery and information that shows up on the feeds.All the panelists challenged the audience to contact news outlets when they disagree with stories or know that a report was wrong. “Be skeptical about the agendas of editors and owners of news outlets,” Jeffries said.“Folk can’t be silent,” Crossley said. “Speak up, write up, say something. Let them know what you saw is wrong.”“Be educated consumers,” Bell urged. “We have a tendency to choose sources that are consistent with our existing beliefs. It’s important to have a broader perspective. You learn so much more when reading about one issue in multiple sources with different perspectives.”“The insights they shared about the career challenges for minorities in the journalism profession, as well as some the inherent biases in the industry, really caused me to think and reflect on the news outlets I use on a daily basis,” said Mary Ann Bradley, associate dean for administrative operations at FAS. “From how a story is framed, to the words and pictures used to tell the story, as well as news outlet ownership/affiliation … we all need to become wary, if not better-educated, consumers.”From the audience, Emelyn dela Pena, Harvard College assistant dean of student life for equity, diversity, and inclusion, noted, “The most eye-opening part of the program was realizing the power of framing when it comes to how similar events are reported by the media, particularly when filtered through the lens of the reporter’s lived experiences.”“Race and the Media” was sponsored by the FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources, and the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications.last_img read more