A lesson from Freedom Summer: In 1964 and today, power is the issue

Freedom Summer began 50 years ago this season with a terrifying act of oppression. Attorney Martin Popper called it “the first interracial lynching in the history of the United States.” The brutal June 21, 1964 murders of young activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner were committed to send a message. And the murderers—including Ku Klux Klan members—were committed to sending that message in the most clear and impacting way. That’s what a lynching is all about.

NABJ Panel

Crime coverage in media perpetuates racial stereotypes

It was a provocative question. Simple and complex all at once. “What are the consequences of media failure to cover social difference effectively?”

The students attending the two-day regional summit of National Association of Black Journalists campus chapters wanted an answer. But they wanted something more from the panel of journalism professionals and professors brought together by NABJ student organizers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, last weekend. They wanted a vocabulary to deal with the issues of media responsibility they undoubtedly will confront as professionals.

Who else will tell these stories?

Sept. 18 was my first day as editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter. It’s rare when you can bring your values and skills to a job. I’m privileged to do that at the Reporter, an organization that shares my commitment to investigating race and poverty.