CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured USC Annenberg and ViacomCBS announcing a new $1 million endowment to fund scholarships for graduates of historically Black colleges and universities to enroll in master's programs. "HBCU graduates are critical to advancing our country's future, including the next generation of journalists," Dean Willow Bay said.
WBUR-FM's Here & Now interviewed Allissa Richardson on the public airing of videos showing the deaths of Black people at the hands of police. "Only African Americans have to show, or prove, that they did not deserve their own killing in this way," she said.
The Los Angeles Times featured an op-ed by PhD student Frances Corry on what happens when social platforms shut down. "In many ways, what is put on these platforms today represents a significant part of our cultural heritage, however banal it may seem in the present," she wrote.
KCRW-FM's Greater L.A. spoke with Christina Bellantoni about the hiring of Kevin Merida as executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. “Having someone that’s going to come in and be a real newspaper person with a vision to be able to lead staffs large and small, I think is going to be really beneficial,” she said.
NBC News spoke with Karen North about the heated debates on social media over pandemic restrictions. "We can now go online and not only watch someone break a rule but watch someone attack someone for breaking a rule,” she said.
CalMatters spoke with Hernán Galperin on the efforts to solve California's digital divide. "Before the pandemic, there's been more attention to deployment issues," he said, "but much less attention to the affordability gap."
Wired interviewed Kate Crawford on what people don't understand about artificial intelligence. "It is presented as this ethereal and objective way of making decisions," she said. "But the name is deceptive: AI is neither artificial nor intelligent," she said.
CNN cited research from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on the lack of women composers in Hollywood.
Marketplace featured Allissa Richardson on how smartphones can be a powerful tool for holding police accountable for their actions. "With these kinds of videos that are done with cellphones, they have debunked how police are viewed by the public as the first arbiters of truth," she said.
KCBS-TV featued research by Hernán Galperin into how Californians view telemedicine and working from home.
The Los Angeles Times featured Taj Frazier on how the entertainment industry exploits Black trauma for profit. "There is a need and necessity to tell difficult stories, to interrogate the sickness of this infrastructure of white supremacy. But people are also asking, 'At what cost?'" he said.
In an essay for Vox, Allissa Richardson argues that sharing images of police violence serves only to traumatize Black communities. "Removing the financial incentive for news media to air these ghastly videos may force journalists to engage in more reparative storytelling," she wrote.