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Does TV capture the diversity of America yet?
The New York Times
'Saturday Night Live' does not have a black woman as a cast member, a fact that has become a hotly discussed issue. The debate raises a larger issue that seems to come up again and again: Is television too white?
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Cable News Channel pulls plug on 3 shows, will 'reposition the brand'; layoffs are in the works
A cable news channel has canceled three shows and announced that it is taking steps to "reposition the brand." The channel, HLN, made the announcement recently, TheWrap.com reports. A number of employees will be cut, including the staffs of 'Raising America,' 'Now in America' and 'Evening Express,' which have all been canceled by HLN, the sister network to CNN.
Reversing CNN's fortunes proves a daunting task
When Jeff Zucker was anointed to reverse the fortunes of ratings-challenged CNN late last year, his boss told reporters that Zucker's shortcomings as a TV programmer were largely overlooked in the hiring process. It was Zucker's journalistic chops, according to Phil Kent, CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, that sealed the deal.
How Shepard Smith and the Fox News Deck Covered the LAX Shooting
Fox News Channel's 'Fox News Deck' premiered three weeks ago, but it wasn't until the recent shooting at LAX that Shepard Smith and his team of information specialists got the chance to show off its capabilities. "This is week three or week four and we've been waiting for some type of event where we'd be able to open up the engine a bit,” Jay Wallace, vice president of news, told TheWrap.
Princess of Thailand courts Hollywood studios
Los Angeles Times
The coming of age of horror cinema in Thailand might seem like an odd subject for the Princess of Thailand to address. But it was Halloween night, after all, and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya had good reason to single out the Southeast Asian nation's growing reputation as a hub for slasher, horror and monster films.
Univision News partners with UC Berkeley to reach young Latinos
Spanish-language media giant Univision and its just-launched cable news venture, Fusion, are partnering with UC Berkeley to bring campus experts, research news and events of interest to the channel's targeted audience of young, English-speaking Hispanics.
Marvel to debut Muslim girl superhero
Marvel comics is breaking new ground again with the introduction of a Muslim girl superhero. Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, will make her comic debut in January, with a dedicated series to launch in February, Marvel announced in a statement.
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A lack of diversity on TV
The Anniston Star
What if the nation's demographics were defined by what you see on prime-time TV? Alyssa Rosenberg asks and answers her own question. Rosenberg writes, "It appears to have been direction that 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' showrunner Michael Schur took seriously. The New York City police force is roughly 50 percent Caucasian and roughly 50 percent non-Caucasian."
Roland Martin hosts new TV news show
Houston journalist Roland Martin debuted his new TV news show recently, set to focus on the important news of the day from an African-American perspective, the Houston Chronicle reports. The platform, which has been a lifelong dream of Martin's, is a one-hour program that will run alongside the final hour of his three-hour morning radio show.
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and the future of diversity
At first glance, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' seems like a vehicle for a post-'SNL' Andy Sandberg. At first viewing, it looks like the funniest new sitcom of the season. Upon further inspection, it's the best representation of minorities on television. Not many shows on television have one Latino lead and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' has two. Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero play Detective Rosa Diaz and Detective Amy Santiago, respectively.
Hispanic marketing is an all-year pursuit
Hispanic Heritage Month, which ran this year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, is designed to celebrate the unique contributions of the Hispanic American community. But are marketers doing everything to ensure Hispanics are being recognized as unique consumers as well?
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The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors cited in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of NAMIC.
NAMIC's mission is to educate, advocate, and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry.
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