Michael J. Feeney, former NYABJ president, dead at 32

Michael J. Feeney, former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) has died. He was 32.

Michael J. Feeney, former president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) has died. He was 32.

Michael J. Feeney, who recently ended a four-year term as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), died yesterday at age 32.  Read his obituary from the New York Daily News here http://nydn.us/1TvEGPl.

The OnPointPress.net family joins the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) and the entire world of journalism in mourning the loss of a gifted, caring, passionate and visionary journalist and human being. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

New York Daily News up for sale, most black print writers let go

Mortimer Zuckerman, Owner of the New York Daily News.

New York Daily News Owner Mortimer Zuckerman, announced on Thursday, February 27 that he has retained a financial firm to explore selling the paper that has come to define the spirit of New York.

By Carmen Glover

On Thursday, February 26, two days after the death of journalism diversity champion Dori J. Maynard, Mortimer Zuckerman, owner of the New York Daily News, emailed staffers announcing that the venerable paper is up for sale. The email, which was published in the paper, provided an interesting read.

“I want to share with you a new development regarding the company. A few weeks ago, we were approached about our potential interest in selling the Daily News. Although there were no immediate plans to consider a sale, we thought it would be prudent to explore the possibility and talk to potential buyers and/or investors. To help us with the process, I have retained Lazard, a leading financial advisory firm,” Zuckerman said in the email.

“I have not come to this decision easily. But I believe the immense hard work in turning the business around in an extremely challenging period for the industry, has put the Daily News in as strong a position than it has ever been, particularly online. I appreciate that this news is difficult for you to digest. But I want to reassure you that my aim throughout this process will be to do the right thing for the business to ensure the Daily News and its brilliant staff have the best opportunity to achieve all our future ambitions.”

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Prior to the bombshell news, the Daily News have made copious changes, not all good. For instance, almost all of the African-American print writers were terminated or left amid what some described as a “climate of uncertainty.” Among those who left the paper last summer were Michael Feeney, out-going president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) and Jennifer Cunningham, both of whom wrote for the borough section of the paper. Clem Richardson, whose columns were insightful and informative, also left the paper.

As the size of the paper dwindled, so did the borough sections, which residents outside of Manhattan eagerly anticipated reading. The borough sections were discontinued recently and the Daily News print staff is no longer representative of the diverse New York City in which the paper is published. On Friday, February 27, Mediabistro.com reported that figures from the Alliance for Audited Media tallied the Daily News’ combined print and digital circulation numbers at 427,452 on weekdays and 558,057 on Sundays, compared to the New York Post, which tallied 497,878 weekdays and 454,007 on Sundays for the six month period ending September 2014.

Zukerman, who has enjoyed success as a real estate developer, purchased the Daily News in 1993. At the time, there was a noticeable mix of African-American print writers on staff. During Zuckerman’s time at the helm of the paper, Feeney and former staffer Warren Woodberry, were named president of NYABJ. In what is considered the media capital of the world, it is a jolt of reality to journalists to see that their value at one of the leading daily newspapers, based on numbers, is non-existent. It is also a somber reality that journalists of color can no longer find opportunities at a paper with which many New Yorkers have identified strongly in the past.–OnPointPress.net.

Panel discussion will tackle diversity in STEM careers, guide for parents

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New York, February 19, 2015: On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, during a 9:00 a.m. reception and 10:00 a.m. panel  discussion, STEM careers will be the topic on the lips of guests at the Elebash Recital Hall at The Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue, 34th Street and 5th Ave.

The panel discussion is being hosted by the New York Urban League to commemorate the release of the Parent’s Guide to STEM. The discussion with expert panelists will feature opportunities for the audience to join the conversation to discuss how the corporate and public sector can prepare students for careers in a new economy.

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The panel will be moderated by Ben Chapman, education reporter of the  New York Daily News. Panelists and speakers include Bill Holiber, president and CEO of the  Daily News and NYUL Board Chairman; Commissioner Bill Chong of the Department of Youth and Community Development’ Arva Rice, president and CEO of the New York Urban League; Jay Hershenson, senior vice president of CUNY; Jim Gordon, group VP of corporate brand and reputation for Time Warner Cable; Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO for Partnership for NYC and Kimberley Downer who is a parent of NYUL’s NEXT Academy students.

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The goal of the Parent’s Guide to STEM is to help dispel common myths, connects STEM to everyday life, and provide a pathway for exploration of these fields. The target audience for this guide is caregivers with middle or high school students, who are not yet familiar with the growing career fields influenced by STEM.

The guide was published by the New York Urban League in partnership with The Daily News, US News & World Report, The City University of New York, the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. It was made possible with the support of Time Warner Cable, Henry Luce Foundation, Google/Tide Foundation, News Corp, L’Oreal USA and NYC Council Member Inez E. Dickens.

To confirm your attendance to the event, rsvp@nyul.org or call 212-926-8000.-OnPointPress.net.

 

 

Immediate reforms are needed to combat police brutality in NYC

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Eric Garner stands on a Staten Island corner selling loose cigarettes before being put in a chokehold by undercover NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, and his partners, who squeezed his life out of him despite his repeated gasps of “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”

In yet another incident of policy brutality, an unarmed African-American man, father of six, grandfather, son and husband is dead, murdered at the hands of the New York Police Department (NYPD). According to two explosive videos obtained by the New York Daily News that have been making the rounds, Eric Garner, 43, was standing on his usual corner on Staten Island, New York, where he is often seen selling loose cigarettes, which is considered a low level crime in New York City.

Eric Garner's family, including his children, wife and mother.

Eric Garner’s family, including his children, wife and mother are angry and sad about his death.

Mind you, Garner, was no saint, having had numerous brushes with the law for misdemeanor offenses. However, in this instance, all he was doing was standing at the corner, unarmed. According to published reports, he had exchanged numerous text messages with his wife, Esaw, telling her that he was “good” and would “be home early.” She, in turn, told him what she was preparing for dinner.

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Eric Garner’s heartbroken wife, Esaw Garner, collapses at the National Action Network (NAN) on Saturday. She is supported by the Reverend Al. Sharpton and Rev. Daughtry.

As the tapes unfold, Garner is surrounded by about five officers who try to arrest him. He is heard stating to them: “I didn’t do nothing. What did I do? Don’t touch me!” He is then overpowered by the NYPD crew, who threw him to the ground in a chokehold, which is an illegal form of restraint. He was heard gasping “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eventually he crumples to the ground, his life squeezed from him in heartbreaking fashion. Protesters have taken to the street to peacefully but angrily denounce this open season on black men and boys.

Eric Garner's family sit with the Reverend Al. Sharpton at the NAN headquarters in Manhattan.

Eric Garner’s family sit with the Reverend Al. Sharpton at the NAN headquarters in Manhattan.

Speaking at the National Action Network (NAN) headquarters on Saturday, Garner’s wife said: “They snatched my heart out of my chest. It’s like I’m an empty shell right now.” She collapsed onstage, tears racking her body, when the Reverend Al. Sharpton said: “An unarmed man was subjected to a chokehold and he’s no longer with us.”

Members of the community march in search of justice for Eric Garner.

Members of the community march in search of justice for Eric Garner.

A chokehold is a specific way of wrapping a police officer’s arms around a person’s neck to restrict breathing. It often leads to death and as a result it was discontinued in New York City several years ago. Sill, it is evident that the rogue officers used this illegal tactic in taking Garner’s life. Addressing the media on this weekend New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said of the incident: “It’s defined in the department guidelines that this would have been a chokehold.”

Eric Garner with his family, including his grandchild.

Eric Garner enjoying an outing with his family, including his grandchild.

Mayor Bill de Blasio delayed his family vacation to Italy by a day to speak to the Garner family and Garner will be buried on Wednesday  While officer Pantaleo has been stripped of his gun and placed on desk duty, this is not enough. And while Internal Affairs is investigating, along with the Staten Island District Attorney, it is clear that immediate reforms are needed to protect innocent civilians, particularly African-Americans from ruthless, overzealous police officers who keep murdering black men and boys. Enough! It’s time for this war on black men and boys to come to an end.–OnPointPress.net.

De Blasio tells Weiner to leave NYC’s mayoral race

 
Democratic mayoral candidates participate in first debate for the city's top job.

Democratic mayoral candidates participate in first debate for the city’s top job.

By Carmen Glover

New York: All five Democratic mayoral candidates in New York City participated in the first debate in the election cycle during a session which aired on WABC Channel 7 at 7:00 pm last night. Bill Ritter did his best to keep the debate flowing smoothly despite the attempts by a wayward Anthony Weiner to dominate the show by repeating his view that his “independence” makes him the best choice for the electorate. Weiner touted his independence in response to most of the questions posed, including the sexting scandal that has overshadowed his mayoral bid. While some of the candidates refused to share their views about Weiner’s presence in the race, Pubic Advocate Bill de Blasio had no such qualms.

“Anthony Weiner should step aside for the good of the city,” he said firmly. City Controller John Liu shook off a tentative, unsteady start to make a few noteworthy points about his campaign’s platform but it seemed as if Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was the most polished and credible candidate in the race. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gave the same stock answer for almost every question, while former City Controller William Thompson seemed knowledgeable and passionate.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner are combative during the debate.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner are combative during the debate.

The debate covered the usual topics: Immigration, the economy, the educational system, stop and frisk, a topic for which they were all prepared. “Too many people are being stopped who did nothing wrong,” said Weiner, while Liu called for “community policing.” Thompson did not mince words on the issue. “We have to make sure our city is safe but we don’t have to sacrifice our constitutional rights to get it done,” he said. De Blasio suggested having “an independent inspector general and a new police commissioner.” All of the male candidates said that if elected, they would find a new police commissioner but Quinn was staunch in her support of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, praising his achievements.  Williams praised Kelly modestly before delivering one of the harshest assessments on the commissioner’s role in the stop and frisk debacle plaguing the city. “Ray Kelly has done good things for the city of New York,” Williams said, “but he’s also become the face of an abusive stop and frisk policy that targets Blacks and Latinos in the city of New York.’

All of the candidates decried the abysmal statewide test scores of public school students who took tests in the spring in preparation for the Common Core standards. According to results released recently, a mere third of the students passed the tests.  Although Quinn said schools should be “closed when necessary,” the men all advocated giving schools additional resources to excel as a better alternative. “Give schools additional support,” Thompson said. “I support a moratorium on closing schools” de Blasio stated. It was on the issue of jobs that all five candidates seemed to be most animated. “Let big companies pay their fair share and give small businesses a tax break to spur economic development,” Liu suggested. Agreeing, de Blasio said “Take sustainability away from big companies and provide it to CUNY for job training.” Williams agreed with job training while Quinn boated about her “record or results.”  The debate was co-sponsored by the Daily News, WABC/Channel 7, the League of Women Voters and Noticias 41 Univision.  –OnPointPress.net