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Howard Ross on Defining Diversity in Media and Beyond

Diversity is an oft-stated goal for businesses of all kinds, but varied understandings of what it means can make achieving it a challenge. In news organizations and entertainment media--where different points of view are at a premium and impressions are important--contextualizing and representing diversity can be elusive. We talk with Howard Ross about what diversity means and how to engage in meaningful conversations about achieving it.

Diversity and Context in Media

NPR's ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos joined Kojo on June 4 to talk about diversity of voices in public radio.

As he was trying to talk about diversity and context, he told Kojo:

"And I am Latino and if I can say that the one major ethnic group that's been short drift was the Latino one. I don't say that because I'm Latino, I promise you. But they're under-represented in the newsroom, whereas African Americans I see over-represented in the newsroom, but you can argue that's because, you know, NPR's headquarters are in, you know, Washington, D.C."

The comment, out of context, was then scooped up by Twitter listeners, who ran with the statement ...

... before producers had a chance to clarify.

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Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25

Twenty-five years ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high-school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.
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Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
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President Obama Unveils New Power Plant Rules In 'Clean Power Plan'

Key elements of the Clean Power Plan include a requirement that would cut the power industry's carbon pollution by 32 percent below 2005 levels in the next 15 years.
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Group Offers To Help Revive HitchBOT That Was Vandalized In Philadelphia

A kid-sized robot that's built around a PVC bucket and sports a friendly face, the hitchBOT couldn't make it out of Philadelphia in one piece.

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