Entries by Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya

How Can Journalism Help Our Communities?

By Farai Chideya, Jun 9, 2010 11:00 AM

Sometimes things get very basic. My mother has been fighting for six years to deal with a house next door that has seems to have multiple building code violations and may be an illegal group home.

Farai Chideya

Is "saving journalism" enough?

By Farai Chideya, Oct 19, 2009 1:13 PM

Editor's note: The estimable Farai Chideya, today's EthnoBlog guest contributor, has combined media, technology, and social justice during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. From 2006 to early 2009, she hosted NPR’s News and Notes, a daily national program about African-American and African diaspora issues. She and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS. She has written three nonfiction books: Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; The Color of Our Future; and Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans. Her novel Kiss the Sky (Atria Books; May 2009) is Essence Magazine’s book club selection for May 2009.  Chideya also founded PopandPolitics.com in 1995. This blog post originally appeared here, on faraichideya.com.

I’ve been a journalist for 20 years– through full-time jobs at Newsweek, MTV, CNN, ABC, Oxygen, and NPR; part-time ones at One Economy, KALW, and WNYC; PopandPolitics.com; and three non-fiction books on race, politics, and media. I’ve rolled with the punches and thrown a few. But now more than ever, the business that I entered at the age of sixteen, with my first national publication, is, well, in a hell of hurt.