In the News

Broken News: There’s A Race Problem in Journalism — Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

"This (not) just in! Journalism has a problem with diversity that’s been around since, well, the start of journalism. Featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Lowery, Senior Writer at Rolling Stone Jamil Smith, and freelance journalist Patrice Peck. 

 This piece was produced by Razan Ghalayini with Ishan Thakore and edited by Anthony Mascorro."

What is it like to be a Black journalist in the US right now? — Al Jazeera The Stream

"Journalists are trained to shed light on stories and to report the experiences of people. But when Black journalists are watching videos of Black people being killed at the hands of white police officers, when they are telling stories of people being accosted for driving while Black, walking while Black and jogging while Black, they are telling their own stories.

Black journalists have said that doing their jobs at this time is 'exhausting,' that they are 'carrying a unique burden,' living in a 'special kind of hell' and 'covering a storm that never passes.' Ultimately, one said, what they are doing every day amounts to 'screaming into the void.'"

The journalist behind "Coronavirus News for Black Folks" —  CBSN

"Along with protests against police brutality and racial injustice in major cities across the country, black journalists in America are also documenting the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people of color. The author of the newsletter "Coronavirus News for Black Folks," Patrice Peck, joined CBSN to discuss how the steady stream of negativity has been exhausting for black journalists."

Black Journalists are Exhausted — Keep It Social WGBH

"Journalist Patrice Peck joins Paris and Terrence to share how they are balancing professionalism and identity in the midst of social justice resistance and Covid-19. They dive into what it is like to cover moments like these that revolve around racial inequalities and social justice. 

‘What are the mental affects?’ ‘How do you balance it?’ ‘Can I show up to work as my complete self?’ They also discuss how the pandemic has intensified the current climate for Black Journalists. For these questions and others, they give their honest answers."

#396: Kierna Mayo with Patrice Peck — Longform Podcast

"Kierna Mayo is the showrunner and head writer for the Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact. She is the former editor-in-chief of EBONY and Honey Magazine, which she co-founded at age 27.

Guest host Patrice Peck is a freelance journalist and writes the Coronavirus News for Black Folks newsletter. Her most recent article is "Black Journalists Are Exhausted," an op-ed published in The New York Times."

Meet This Year’s WIRED25: People Who Are Making Things Better — WIRED

"In April, Peck launched a weekly newsletter to give the Black community the coronavirus coverage white journalists weren’t delivering—quickly accruing nearly 1,000 subscribers in the first month."

Meet the New Black Press — Nieman Lab

"Patrice Peck, a former BuzzFeed writer, had been planning to launch a newsletter and grow her own audience when the pandemic hit. She was grounded in facts about health disparities and the Black community and says she relished the opportunity to be her own gatekeeper so she didn’t have to justify why her ideas about Black people are newsworthy or “fit within” a news organization’s scope.

Early on in her work on Coronavirus News for Black Folks, Peck tackled the topic of conspiracy theories to address suggestions within sectors of the Black community about so-called immunity to the coronavirus and how the virus is transmitted. She centered Black subject-matter experts, like Patricia Turner, a folklorist who is also senior dean and vice provost of undergraduate education at UCLA, who parsed the difference between unsubstantiated stories and universal truths about the Black experience in the U.S. healthcare system."

Journalists of color are fed up and speaking out — CNN Business

"BuzzFeed was also scrutinized this week when freelance journalist Patrice Peck on Wednesday criticized the company's treatment of black staffers. '55-11 Times BuzzFeed's Woke White Managers/Execs Gaslit TF Out Of Their Black Colleagues, Yasss Kween!!!,' she tweeted.

Peck told CNN Business that feedback she received on her New York TImes op-ed about the stressors that come with being a black journalist motivated her to start a public discussion on Twitter.

'So many of us have tried to work with the companies to resolve these issues, despite most of that work being invisible unpaid labor on top of our actual jobs,' Peck told CNN Business. 'But the final straw seemed to be the performative allyship and deluge of Black Lives Matter content proliferating these company's social media accounts and the recent controversy around the New York Times Tom Cotton op-ed.'"

Confronting racism within the press — Columbia Journalism Review

"Since Floyd’s death, many other journalists of color have published similar testimonies. A week ago, Patrice Peck—a freelance writer who recently launched a newsletter, Coronavirus News for Black Folks, at the intersection of race and the pandemic—wrote, in an op-ed for the New York Times, that 'investment in black journalists is critical, not only through equitable compensation for our contributions, but also in addressing burnout, layoffs and mental wellness, particularly among those of us who keep on keeping on.'"


Newsletter Seeks To Give Black Folks The Coronavirus News Most Pertinent To The Community — Blavity News

"Veteran writer and reporter Patrice Peck is hoping to give Black people a better understanding of how the virus is affecting their communities."

This new newsletter looks to inform the black community about the coronavirus — Nieman Lab

"Though often referred to as the “great equalizer,” the novel coronavirus has disproportionately hit black communities and decades of disparities are now on full display.

Journalist Patrice Peck is dedicated to covering all of this with her newsletter, Coronavirus News For Black Folks."

Black Journalist Launches Newsletter to Keep Black People Informed About the Coronavirus Pandemic — The Root

“It’s important to have news platforms that are specifically tailored to fit the needs of black people who wish to stay informed. This is more true now than ever before, as the current global health crisis has proven to infect and kill black people disproportionately in the U.S. Thankfully, one black journalist was innovative enough to provide a space where we can stay informed and updated on the pandemic.”

This Veteran Journalist Created A Newsletter To Give Black Folks Important Coronavirus News — Black Enterprise

“The rapid spread of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, has ravaged communities in the U.S. and across the world. In major cities such as New Orleans, Chicago, and Milwaukee, a majority of the new cases have been African American patients. Internet conspiracies and a historic mistrust of the medical field has only made many not go to the hospital. One journalist is looking to change the way black people stay informed about the virus outbreak.”


BuzzFeed’s First Snapchat Show: ‘BTW’ Serves Up Celeb, Entertainment Daily Dish (EXCLUSIVE)  — Variety

"The company is launching “BTW,” BuzzFeed’s first original show for Snapchat, promising snack-size celebrity and entertainment news dispatches every weekday afternoon. The show premieres July 8 and will run Monday-Friday, with episodes 3-5 minutes in length going live every day at 3 p.m. ET. The show, culling from stories produced across BuzzFeed, is hosted by BuzzFeed’s Shanice Bland, Patrice Peck and David Mack (pictured above)."

Beauty Writer Patrice Peck  —  Just The Gals Podcast

"Beauty writer Patrice Peck is the definition of black girl magic. She's an entrepreneur, writer for Buzzfeed, and a DELIGHT to talk to. You'll love her just like we did."

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