The presidential election is igniting once again the immigration reform debate and, with it, the continuing argument on how to describe a community of more than 11 million people who live and work in the United States.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney used the phrase “undocumented illegals” in the second debate when describing what’s been dubbed as his “self-deportation” policy.
The New York Times and Associated Press have been criticized for defending their use of the term illegal immigrant. The New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan explains, “It is clear and accurate; it gets its job done in two words that are easily understood.”
The Associated Press’ deputy managing editor for standards and production, Tom Kent, supports the use of illegal immigrant because “…such people are here in violation of the law. It’s simply a legal reality.”
Pulitzer prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who last year described himself as undocumented, disputes the use of illegal as “offensive and inaccurate because it criminalizes people rather than their actions.”
Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/opinion/2012/10/25/hugo-balta-human-beings-are-not-illegal/#ixzz2AMnCrxvA
I am pleased and proud about the way the UNITY alliance partners banded together, ready to help journalists of color when Gannett announced the layoffs of 700 employees, which affected people working in departments across the company.
The alliance composed of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association began focusing on compiling openings in various regions and working to connect employees with potential employers; AAJA aggregated these job leads and is looking to formalize a pipeline to help those who have lost their jobs find other employment in the industry.
If you are a journalist of color and you have been affected, UNITY is here for you.
We have job leads for you. Here is the link to the compiled list of job leads as well as career resources, including a Webinar that is open to all on dealing with layoffs and buyouts.
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I am saddened by the decision that the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists has made to leave the alliance of UNITY: Journalists of Color.
I understand that this is a business decision, that the NABJ board members are doing what they think is best for their organization. And I wish them well.
As the newsroom census report recently released by ASNE makes clear, our mission is not over. UNITY will continue to advocate for communities of color to be fairly and accurately covered in the media.
And we will keep advocating on behalf of all journalists of color.
The programming committee for the UNITY 2012 convention in Las Vegas has begun planning innovative workshops and sessions of interest to all journalists. We welcome everyone committed to our mission to attend the convention. And we will always welcome feedback and encourage suggestions from NABJ members.
So although the NABJ board has made this decision, we will never shut the door nor turn our backs on our friends and colleagues.
Three months into this presidency, and what a time it’s been!
Some might say the timing is horrible. But I say, it’s about time.
This time reminds me a lot of when I was growing up in the Amsterdam Projects in New York City. People pushed. People shoved. People got into everyone’s business and into each other’s faces. I know what it’s like to pull your own weight. And I know that situations sometimes get ugly before the smoke clears.
As an alliance partner, NABJ has concerns. It’s always the right time to bring concerns to the surface. This is the only way the UNITY board can begin to address them head on and iron out differences in a true collaboration with all UNITY partners sitting as equals at the table.
It’s time to figure out how to figure out UNITY. Because if people believe in the core values of UNITY, then there is a place for an alliance like UNITY.
UNITY wants to explore the concerns raised by NABJ. We’ve committed to a new strategic plan that will address them, including governance and financing. And much of the agenda for this month’s UNITY board meeting focuses on NABJ’s concerns.
I look forward to working with NABJ to iron out differences and continue our work together as equal partners in the spirit of UNITY. It is our desire that NABJ be a part of shaping UNITY’s future.
The industry needs us. And it’s time to put our focus back on diversity.
Please feel free to contact us with your thoughts. Or leave your comments below.
It has become necessary, once again, to focus on the recurring discussion about UNITY’s formula for disbursing convention proceeds among the alliance partners. The topic is not a new one and should be seen as part of the ongoing effort to focus on what is in the best interest of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.
In recent months, the level of discussion has intensified. Concern has been raised about at least one member of the UNITY alliance pulling out of the upcoming 2012 convention. It is important that we continue to have civil, constructive dialogue on all issues. Members of families may disagree. The primary concern, however, always should be on the health, solidarity and integrity of the entire family.
In December 2010, the outgoing UNITY board president sent a memo to the UNITY board of directors that introduced a proposal for a new formula for sharing UNITY convention proceeds among the five alliance members.
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