Wednesday, April 19, 2017

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

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CENTRAL VOICE, based in Middletown, Penn., mourned the loss of STEVE KOZOKAS, who served as the newspaper’s advertising representative for nine years. He passed away unexpectedly on February 7, 2017. He was 48.

Travel writer Andrew Collins
ANDREW COLLINS, a travel writer who began his career at FODOR’S in 1991, was honored at the 34th Annual Global Convention of the INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on April 6, 2017. In 1996, he authored FODOR’S GAY GUIDE TO THE USA, the first LGBT travel guidebook produced by a major mainstream guidebook publisher. His work has also appeared in countless LGBT publications.

GEORGIA VOICE, based in Atlanta, celebrated its seventh anniversary with its March 3, 2017, issue.

METRA MAGAZINE, based in Madison Heights, Mich., published issue #900 on March 22, 2017.

METROSOURCE, serving New York City and Los Angeles, has been acquired by the DAVLER MEDIA GROUP (DMG), the integrated marketing and content company behind a portfolio of print, events and online media targeting New York-area parents, visitors and luxury consumers. The new Metrosource will debut in June/July 2017 with current editor in chief PAUL HAGEN at the helm.

PRESS PASS Q, the only trade publication for those working in LGBT media, enters its 19th year of publication with its April 2017 issue.

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
Volume 19
Issue 1

New edition of AP Stylebook to include gender-neutral pronoun

by Joe Siegel

The Associated Press Stylebook has added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun for its 2017 print edition due out on May 31. The entry is already featured in the online stylebook.

“We stress that it’s usually possible to write around that,” Paula Froke, lead editor for the Associated Press Stylebook, explained in a blog post on the American Copy Editors Society’s website. “But we offer new advice for two reasons: recognition that the spoken language uses ‘they’ as singular and we also recognize the need for a pronoun for people who don’t identify as a ‘he’ or a ‘she.’”

The new stylebook also includes an updated section on gender, which reads, “Gender refers to a person’s social identity while sex refers to biological characteristics. Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to both, either or opposite sexes or genders as a way to encompass all people.”

More significantly, it added its first entry for “homophobia, homophobic,” which it stated are “acceptable in broad references or in quotations to the concept of fear or hatred of gays, lesbians and bisexuals.”

The Washington Post, which uses its own style guide, officially welcomed the usage of the singular “they” in 2015.

For LGBT publications, the use of gender-neutral pronouns is nothing new.

We've been using ‘they’ for at least a couple of years for those that don't use ‘he’ or ‘she,’” said Patrick Saunders, editor of Atlanta-based Georgia Voice “We include a brief note by the first reference of a source,” for example, “Jamie Smith, who prefers they/them/their pronouns, was present at the rally.”
Nicole Lashomb, editor of
The Rainbow Times

Cynthia Laird, news editor of San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter, says the newspaper uses gender-neutral pronouns if an interview subject requests it.

“If we are unsure about how someone identifies, we try to ask them,” Laird said. “We have also had experience when covering the death of a trans or GNC (gender non-conforming) person whereby family members will refer to the old name and/or pronouns.”

“When interviewing sources we always ask what their preferred pronouns are,” said Nicole Lashomb, editor of Boston’s The Rainbow Times, “and write stories accordingly while upholding the highest level of journalism integrity possible.”

TOP STORY
Volume 19
Issue 1

New Spanish-language stylebook launched

by Joe Siegel 

The National LGBTQ Task Force, in collaboration with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), launched a Spanish-language stylebook for journalists reporting on LGBT people. 

Part of a process that began in 2005, “El Manual de Estilo Sobre la Comunidad Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual y Transgénero” includes guidance as well as a glossary of terms to use and avoid when reporting on LGBT people.

The joint publication is a result of ongoing efforts to educate journalists on LGBT cultural terminology, which includes workshops at the annual NLGJA National Convention, NAHJ’s Excellence in Journalism Conference, and the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. The 2017 NLGJA National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, September 7-10, and the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Conference is set for September 7-9 in Anaheim, Calif. The 30th annual Creating Change Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., on January 24-28, 2018. 

"NLGJA's mission is to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people, and we're very excited to make that mission more inclusive and accessible through ‘El Manual de Estilo Sobre La Comunidad Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual y Transgénero,’” said NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus. “NLGJA is grateful for the cooperation and collaboration of NAHJ and the Task Force in bringing this new resource to life.”

Gricel M. Ocasio, publisher of Boston-based The Rainbow Times, which publishes some of its pages in Spanish, welcomed the stylebook.

“For a long time, Spanish LGBTQ media and those, like us at The Rainbow Times, have published Spanish pages for the LGBTQ community without any given or established set of guidelines,” Ocasio said. “For me as a journalist and publisher, this resource will be like my AP Stylebook — another publication I keep handy at all times when writing for and training Spanish reporters and columnists for The Rainbow Times.”

Ocasio believes the stylebook will end up having a positive effect on her paper's coverage.

“The Spanish-language Stylebook was definitely needed and I know it will ultimately, through that domino effect, enhance the lives of many LGBTQ Latino people in the United States and abroad,” Ocasio said. “I'd like to congratulate [NLGJA and NAHJ] for having published this guide. The repercussions of such an action will be felt throughout the Latino/Hispanic community for years to come.”

To download “El Manual de Estilo Sobre la Comunidad Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual y Transgénero,” go to http://www.thetaskforce.org/el-manual-de-estilo-sobre-la-comunidad-lesbiana-gay-bisexual-y-transgenero/

IN THE NEWS
Volume 19
Issue 1

Midwest Eagle responds to rift with Indianapolis pride organizers

by Fred Kuhr

In a letter from the editor, Rick Sutton of the Indianapolis-based Midwest Eagle, responded to Indy Pride’s decision to “no longer engage with” the LGBT newspaper.

According to the Sutton, Indy Pride sent an e-mail to him and publisher DJ Doran after the Eagle made an editorial decision to investigate Indy Pride’s governance. “Our top goal: transparency,” wrote Sutton.

“We decided about a year ago to step up Pride governance coverage,” according to Sutton. “We believe our community deserves that kind of overview. Our readers and supporters have asked for it. That will not stop.”

The Eagle will now publish board minutes verbatim. “No news stories about their meetings, mostly because they’ve effectively shut us out,” wrote Sutton. “We’ll continue to cover the organization’s activities as we have thus far, as throughly as possible.”

Sutton did not hold back, however, in his criticism of Indy Pride leadership, calling it “thin-skinned” and “Trump-ian.”

“Its leadership is apparently not in the mood for anything other than hugs and kisses,” he stated. “… They dislike coverage that challenges their governance or doesn’t fit their [view]. So be it. We will continue to press for transparency and accountability of the organization itself, while publicizing their very strong programs.”

According to Indy Pride, Inc., Board of Directors meeting minutes dated March 8, 2017, the letter sent to the Eagle was approved unanimously with 13 affirmative votes.

IN THE NEWS
Volume 19
Issue 1

LGBT media professionals convene in Orlando

by Joe Siegel

LGBT journalists, bloggers, and other media professionals convened in Orlando, Fla., March 23-26, for the 8th annual #LGBTMedia Convening.

The event was sponsored by NLGJA - the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and funded in part by the Arcus Foundation, which works "with experts and advocates for change to ensure that LGBT people and our fellow apes thrive in a world where social and environmental justice are a reality," according to the organization's website.

Also sponsoring the conference was the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, a private family foundation based out of San Francisco that “promotes equal rights and opportunities with an emphasis on immigrants and gays and lesbians,” according to the foundation's mission statement.

Adam Pawlus, NLGJA's executive director, called the event a “great success.”

NLGJA leader
Adam Pawlus
Just about a year ago the Orlando LGBT community was devastated by the Pulse nightclub attack. “The decision to hold the event in Orlando gave us the opportunity to discuss the tragic attack on the Latino and LGBTQ communities last year at the Pulse nightclub, and to visit the site of the attack,” Pawlus said. “We looked back on the coverage of this hate crime and had a unique opportunity to hear from a survivor. It was an emotional discussion, but an important one, regarding the intersectionality of our communities.”

“It would be impossible to be in Orlando and not focus on the Pulse tragedy — it’s still front and center in so many of our minds,” NLGJA President Jen Christensen told South Florida Gay News.

The gathering's speakers included a survivor of the massacre and a panel of journalists who discussed their experiences in covering the massacre and what could be learned from that coverage.

“Based on last year’s feedback, and through the support of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the Arcus Foundation, we were able to expand the convening to two days of trainings and discussions,” Pawlus noted. “The initial feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, but we look forward to learning even more from our post-event survey.”

“Along with engaging presentations and learning new skills, it’s great to be with so many other LGBTQ newspaper editors and bloggers.” Christensen told SFGN. “Our field is under tremendous pressure, and talking with colleagues who face the same challenges on a daily basis is uniquely rewarding.”

IN THE NEWS
Volume 19
Issue 1

PRESSING QUESTIONS: The Mirror of Wilton Manors, Fla.

Interview with Executive Editor Jason Parsley
by Joe Siegel

Geographic coverage area: South Florida (West Palm Beach to Key West) 

Year founded: 2010 

Staff size and breakdown: All of the staff works for South Florida Gay News, not just for the Mirror — one full time editor, one full-time graphic designer, one full-time webmaster, one part-time news editor, one part-time associate editor, one part-time social media manager, about 20 freelancer writers, and one freelance designer. 

Physical dimensions of publication: Tabloid

Average page count: 48 or 64 pages 

Key demographics: Gay men

Print run: 10,000

Web site: TheMirrorMag.com (all Mirror stories also appear on SFGN.com)

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PPQ: Who came up with the name and what is the inspiration for it?

Executive Editor Jason Parsley: Our publisher Norm Kent. The Mirror is a reflection of our lives. 

PPQ: What challenge has your publication had to overcome since its inception?

Parsley: Well, introducing a product is always a challenge. We've had to find not only an audience, but an advertising base as well.

PPQ: What challenge or challenges is The Mirror facing now?

Parsley: We recently went from four issues to six issues a year, so juggling two extra issues has been a challenge. Also, we're revamping the product to make sure its voice is consistent.

PPQ: What one change would you like to make?

Parsley: In the near future, we are going to be revamping the layout and design of the publication. One change I'd like to see is making sure we have more original covers that do not rely on stock images.
PPQ: What has been the biggest news story or stories The Mirror has covered?

Parsley: We don't really cover news stories since the product is on the stands for 2 months at a time. I try to write feature stories that won't get stale too quickly.

PPQ: On the Kinsey Scale of 0-6 [exclusively straight to totally gay], how gay is your publication?

Parsley: 6.

PPQ: Do you see yourself as an “activist journalist”? If so, in what way?

Parsley: I think most LGBT publications and journalists who work for them are activists in their own way.

PPQ: What advice would you give to anyone who may want to launch their own GLBT publication?

Parsley: Contact someone who has done it so you don't make the same mistakes.

PRESSING QUESTIONS
Volume 19
Issue 1