Valentine’s Day: Reporters We Love

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This Valentine’s Day, we’re sending some love to our friends and colleagues in journalism. We’re grateful to them for their hard work and efforts to inform and educate the public. To express our gratitude to the reporters we count on to bring us our news every day, we asked the Full Court Press team to spread the love to a reporter they appreciate this Valentines’ Day.

 

Dan’s sending some love to Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami:

Life would not be worth living without Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) and Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) of The Athletic.  Each brings insight and thoughtful analysis to this unique moment in time in Golden State Warriors History.  They elevated my understanding of this team, Steve Kerr’s leadership philosophy, and the changes in the modern game.  In addition, I am impressed by their fearless entry into podcasting in 2016-17 and then venturing off to launch The Athletic in 2017.  

Looking to 2018: Resolving to Resist

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There’s no way around it: 2017 was a difficult year for those working for progressive social change. Adjusting to the onset of a Trump presidency meant facing down challenges to values we hold dear and recognizing the scope and depth of the racism, sexism, and xenophobia that have long existed in our country. If there was even the thinnest silver lining to these disturbing trends, it was seeing the robust response to them. From the Women’s March and #metoo, to the airport protests against the attempted Muslim ban and organizing to prevent cuts to our national monuments, the response to Trumpism has been plentiful. This activism and community-building in response to these deplorable actions is a force to be reckoned with. So, in 2018, we’re resolving to continue resisting.    

Dan’s Resolution:

This year I resolve to continually seek out and share the stories and the voices that often go ignored.

I will support the efforts of organizations like WBZ in Chicago which launched a podcast called Every Other Hour.It seeks to tell the stories of gun violence in Chicago. I will also support our local news outlets, whose work is often unsung, by continuing to subscribe and encourage our clients to advertise where possible. Finally, I will support efforts to diversify the voices in journalism, whether it is ProPublica’s effort to support local journalism or YouthRadio’s efforts to train the next generation of revolutionary media creators.

Where We’re Donating For #GivingTuesday This Year

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#GivingTuesday is a relatively new phenomenon, and one that the Full Court Press team is thrilled to get behind. After its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday became the type of trend we love to see around the holiday season— one which encourages altruism and reflection. An antidote-like balance to the consumerism often surrounding the holidays, groups have coalesced around causes they care about, creating new movements such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. The day serves to kick off the charitable season of holiday and end-of-year giving and reorient the focus of the holidays to practicing generosity.

In the past, FCP has provided communications tips for organizations looking to take advantage of the trend by creating a deluge of support. This year, to mark the occasion, the FCP team is sharing some of the organizations we’re looking forward to donating to this holiday season.  

What the Media Wants: An Opinion Editor’s Opinion on Op-eds

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Op-eds are one of the most powerful and persuasive tools you can use to reach your audience. Opinion pages are widely read by community leaders, elected officials, and other key decision-makers. One of Dan’s professors, Renee Hobbs once said, “the editorial page is where civic leaders go to have a discussion.”

Furthermore, the opinion page is a forum for individuals to publish their opinions.  Contrary to what you might think, your local newspaper WANTS to hear from you.

That being said, opinion editors do receive a lot of submissions— sometimes thousands — in a single week. So, you want your piece to be unique.

Some tips are fairly straightforward: make sure your piece doesn’t have typos, always spell and grammar-check, and always present something thoughtful and professional. But opinion editors also look beyond these basics when considering a piece for publication that may be less obvious to the uninitiated op-ed author.

We conferred with a local opinion pages editor we have worked with over the years, and are sharing four key elements editors look for when reviewing pieces submitted by local voices, as well as links to example op-eds that embody each element.

Grassroots Organizing on the Right Side of Justice: Lessons Learned from DeRay Mckesson

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Last week, Full Court Press team member Caitlin Scott visited Inforum, an Innovation Lab at the Bay Area institution The Commonwealth Club. This event featured renowned activist DeRay Mckesson interviewed by Obama White House alumnus Dan Pfeiffer. Caitlin shares some key lessons and takeaways below.

Grassroots Organizing on the Right Side of Justice: Lessons Learned from DeRay Mckesson

 


DeRay Mckesson’s name is often in the news, and his weekly podcast “Pod Save the People” features robust and thoughtful discussions on current events — particularly those impacting marginalized communities. I admire DeRay’s ability to distill complicated and layered topics into a sensitive narrative that is digestible and actionable.

DeRay is one of my generation’s most important voices on American civil rights. He is a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, a frequent target of conservative pundits, and one of less than a dozen people who Beyoncé follows on Twitter. But perhaps most importantly, DeRay has engaged a generation to advance racial justice at a time when the energy for political activism is electric, and the Trump administration is rapidly working to turn the clock back on civil rights.

While it would be a tall order to recount all of the wisdom DeRay imparted to his audience at the Commonwealth Club in a single blog post, here are the top five takeaways from DeRay for aspiring changemakers and grassroots organizers: