Mayborn School of Journalism

Opinion: On Meta-bias at USA Today

Thu, Jun 25, 2015 - 1:47pm

Last Thursday, USA Today posted a story on media bias that was itself an example of media bias.

The story covered a flash flood of social media comments about the coverage of the Charleston killer. The issue: the tendency for media descriptions of a white killer to be sympathetic or apologist (“Quiet loner with a mental illness”), while suspects of color (and often victims of color) are described as “thugs” with shady...

Jared Rodriguez

Mon, Jun 22, 2015 - 1:14pm

Jared Rodriguez joined the KTEN News Team in May 2015 as a producer. He was born in Albuquerque, NM, but moved to McKinney, TX when he was in elementary school. Jared began his journalism journey in high school, where we worked for his high school's TV station. He attended the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. Jared honed his skills as a producer and also worked as a reporter/anchor for the NTDaily's newscasts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2015. The oldest of 4, Jared has a passion for reading and writing. He's been spinning tales since he was little, and...

From Paula Deen To Baltimore Unrest: Exploring The Role Of Black Twitter

Fri, May 1, 2015 - 11:54am

While the violent drama played out on the streets of Baltimore this past week, an equally passionate debate played online in a social media community that’s become known as Black Twitter.

Meredith Clark, an assistant journalism professor at the University of North Texas, has researched Black Twitter. She talked about the phenomenon in this week’s Friday Conversation.  

Interview Highlights: Meredith Clark...

…On the difference between Black Twitter and other...

A Black academic explains Black Twitter, what it is and what it isn’t

Fri, Apr 24, 2015 - 6:10am

Black Twitter is a force. It’s also not particularly well understood by those who aren’t a part of it. The term is used to describe a large network of black Twitter users and their loosely coordinated interactions, many of which accumulate into trending topics due to the network’s size, interconnectedness, and unique activity.

This was the network largely responsible for focusing the nation’s attention to the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last August. Witnesses to Brown’s killing broke the news via social media. Within moments, their accounts of what happened spread through the Twittersphere with the...

Moving ahead without a map

Wed, Mar 25, 2015 - 9:47am

Sometimes you just have to get started. Rather than spending a lot of time planning, measuring and evaluating, often you just need to follow your gut and move ahead, correcting your course along the way.


That’s what we did five years ago when we launched Tyler’s Fit City Challenge.

It all started when a group of community leaders asked for an editorial board meeting with the newspaper to talk about what one called “a ticking time-bomb,” the “epidemic of obesity” in Tyler, East Texas and the nation.


In the spring of 2010, a group that included Mayor Barbara Bass, City Manager Mark McDaniel, NET...