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Comings and goings: Mike Riksen will leave NPR, Yolanda Sangweni joins as senior director of programming …By Julian Wyllie, Reporter
Mike Riksen, VP for policy and representation for NPR, is leaving the organization. Riksen joined NPR in 2003 after working as a corporate lobbyist.
By Tyler Falk, Reporter
A coalition led by people of color in public media has gained pledges from nearly two dozen stations and national organizations in the industry to commit to changes within their workplaces focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Public Media for All is asking that over the next three years, participating stations and organizations complete 10 of 11 DEI initiatives proposed by the coalition. In the near term, the coalition asks participants to complete one item within the first 30 days after signing up and five after one year. The action items organizations agree to implement include paying interns, conducting pay equity studies, creating spaces in which people of color on their staffs can “heal, re-energize, and be empowered,” and having white staffers “do work to dismantle racial bias, and learn to listen to and empower people of color coworkers.” “A lot of organizations feel like it is their time as an organization and as leaders within organizations to be accountable for promises that they make,” said Ernesto Aguilar, program director of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and a Public Media for All organizer.
By Casey Kelly, Independent Journalist
In the media tour for his new book, A Promised Land, former president Barack Obama has hit on the theme of how much the information environment in the U.S. has changed in recent years, leading — in his view — to increased political polarization. In an interview with The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama put it like this: “Even as late as 2008, typically when I went into a small town, there’s a small-town newspaper, and the owner or editor is a conservative guy with a crew cut, maybe, and a bow tie, and he’s been a Republican for years.