Dreadlock Ban

News Journal: Week 5 – 9.26.16

1) U.S. Court Rules Dreadlock Ban During Hiring Process Is Legal



In the appeal case by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Catastrophe Management Solutions, the courts ruled that it is now legal to discriminate dreadlocks during the hiring process. The original argument was that discriminating against dreadlocks violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The appellate court disagreed and ruled in favor of the “race-neutral grooming policy” by CMS.  As a news journalist, our job is to inform the public of what is happening in the World. In cases of issues dealing with race, it is extremely easy to input your own opinion on the matter. However, we must remember our responsibility to the public. Noel Gutierrez reports the facts and only the facts in this article staying away from any bias or opinion.  Gutierrez supports the credibility of his article with the usage of links to statistics and other articles.

2)How blind photographers capture the world around us



When I read this I article, I read in two perspectives. One as an editor and one as a photographer. The editor sees the interest in the story yet the failure when executed. Mel Gooding writes on a topic that when you read the title you stop and continue with curiosity. Yet when reading this article it led to nowhere. There was so much possibility to make the reader feel something with this article. Typical publications like a fast turn around but with an article that’s more about getting the reader to think rather than to inform more research and interviews could have been done. The overall article felt rushed and poorly put together. As a photographer, I knew everything she mentioned and nothing about the blind photographers. My question is as a blind photographer how do you interpret the photo you cannot see? We often here and see studies that show that those with physical disabilities make up for their losses in other areas. For example, the blind have a stronger sense of touch. I would like to have known the process in detail and less general like Gooding wrote in the article.

 3) Black History Is American History & It Deserves Its Own Museum



The opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) was a gigantic moment for our nation. Especially in the time, we find ourselves of such racial tension opening this museum meant a lot of things to different people. Jamia Wilson writes this article with such strength and emotion. Refinery 29 is known for their unapologetic honesty with a diverse audience to match. The site does a great job of taking national news and writing in such a way that an 18-25 year old would connect to. Wilson began this article by briefly explaining what NMAAHC meant to her as an African-American and went on to explain a moment in her life that she had to explain her reasoning for caring so much about her history. As an African-American, I think we all can attest to that moment and have stories of our own. This element is what pulled the reader in. As an African-American, you connected with her. As a different race, you saw things from a different perspective. Wilson focused on the emotion of the event which helped for the reader to feel as though they had attended. This article was informative, impactful, and carried substance.

(Feature photo courtesy of Jaida Brinkley)



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