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A podcast about being "POC" in media. Hosted by @arjununcle & @krevinlorenzo

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A podcast about being "POC" in media. Hosted by @arjununcle & @krevinlorenzo

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    Episode 39 - Finding Our Humanity with Siddhartha Mahanta

    Episode 39 - Finding Our Humanity with Siddhartha Mahanta

    Hello and welcome to Episode 39. To all the new listeners who found our podcast from Camille Bromley’s CJR profile, welcome. To our Day Ones, welcome back.

    Today we talked to Siddhartha Mahanta, who is an editor at the New York Times Opinion section. We talked about the oft-ignored humanity of journalism, the journalist’s commitment to be humane, why publications need to stand up to bullies, why writers hate the dreaded ‘nut graf,’ the fine art of editing, corny Indian-Americans, and much more.

    Kevin and Arjun talked about their recent profile in CJR and the spate of incredibly nice weather in NYC. Thanks for listening!

    Sid’s editing and writing:

    The story of Jamal Khashoggi's murder and how the world looked the other way, Evan Ratliff, Business Insider, 2019

    There Are Two Asian-Americas, and One Is Invisible, Claudine Ko, The New York Times, 2021

    Journalism Under Siege, Samanth Subramanian, Rest of World, 2021

    When It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Old House , Longreads, 2017

    This is your brain *picture of your brain*. This is your brain on Diversity Hire *it’s the same picture of your brain, but this time it’s wearing Issey Miyake trousers*. Any questions? If so, email us at diversityhirepod@gmail.com. We’ll read your questions in an upcoming Q&A episode. Also, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts. You can use your review to share anonymous experiences of working in corporate media, and we will read those on the pod as well.

    Thanks,Arjun & Kevin

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 38 - Being Optimistic with Delia Cai

    Episode 38 - Being Optimistic with Delia Cai

    Hello and welcome to episode 38!

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    Today we talked to Delia Cai, who is the proprietor of the wonderful Substack Deez Links and a growth and trends editor at Buzzfeed. We talked about go-to orders at Dimes, content strategy, why she’s optimistic about the future of the media, the pernicious feeling of needing to catch up to your peers, knowing when things reach their natural end, what it’s like to be in the Substack game, and much more. Arjun and Kevin also had the debate of the century: Vaccine posting etiquette. Thanks for listening.

    Delia’s work mentioned in this episode:

    The Small-Town America I Love Is The One I See At Football Games, Buzzfeed, 2017

    Subscriptions start working for the middle, Neiman Lab, 2020

    Newsletter internships = the new foot in the door?, Deez Links, 2021

    finding asian joy on (duh) tiktok, Deez Links, 2021

    >> Diversity Hire Links:

    Tammy has a new labor story about the PRO Act

    Lauen has been writing about the Amazon piss situation

    Hua wrote about basketball podcasts

    Marie wrote about rent control

    Doreen wrote about Michelle Obama’s new TV show

    Rachelle has a cool new podcast

    Isabelia covered women in the Brazilian grime scene

    Bijan’s latest video game column

    Here’s a video Arjun made for Vanity Fair

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 37 - Vibing with Doreen St. Felix

    Episode 37 - Vibing with Doreen St. Felix

    Hello and welcome to episode 37 of Diversity Hire.

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    Today’s guest is Doreen St. Felix, who is the New Yorker’s television critic. We have been looking forward to this conversation since we first started the pod, and we think you guys will enjoy everything we talked about, which ran the gamut from the art of ambiguity and ambivalence, when we figured out what a critic even was, finding a place in white-dominated spaces, the concessions we make to do the work we want to do, and is Virgil Abloh actually cool?

    This was a super fun episode and if you are a new listener who caught this on Montez Press Radio, WELCOME! Kevin and Arjun also talked about the week in brutal media news and why it feels like 2016. Thanks for listening.

    Doreen’s work mentioned in this episode:

    December 19, 2015 Part I, Enormous Eye, 2015

    KARA WALKER’S NEXT ACT, Vulture, 2017

    On the Street in Brooklyn the Morning After the Police Shooting of Saheed Vassell, The New Yorker, 2018

    Virgil Abloh, Menswear’s Biggest Star, The New Yorker, 2019

    Queen Latifah Obliterates Trumps n’ Musks in “The Equalizer”, The New Yorker, 2021

    The Embarrassment of Democrats Wearing Kente-Cloth Stoles, The New Yorker, 2020

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    This is your brain *picture of your brain*. This is your brain on Diversity Hire *it’s the same picture of your brain, but this time it’s wearing sunglasses and an Eckhaus Latta lapped t-shirt*. Any questions? If so, email us at diversityhirepod@gmail.com. We’ll read your questions in an upcoming Q&A episode. Also, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts. You can use your review to share anonymous experiences of working in corporate media, and we will read those on the pod as well.

    Thanks,

    Arjun & Kevin

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 36 - Asian Invisibility with Chris Gayomali

    Episode 36 - Asian Invisibility with Chris Gayomali

    Hello and welcome to P̶o̶p̶u̶l̶i̶s̶t̶ ̶T̶i̶p̶s̶ Episode 36 of Diversity Hire.

    It has been a tough and trying week and we weren’t sure if we should even do an episode this week. But we’re so happy that our guest, Chris Gayomali, was down to talk with us.

    Chris is an articles editor at GQ. Fifty weeks ago, Chris wrote an article for GQ titled “The New Fear for Asian-Americans Going Out in Public.” It’s surreal to think about what has and, sadly, hasn’t changed since March 2020. In today’s episode, we spoke about identity, invisibility, and the interstitial space that Asians occupy in America. We also talked about basketball, Steven Yeun, Filipino food, “menswear”, and shopping tips.

    Thanks for listening. Thanks for subscribing. Thanks for being here for us.

    Chris’ work:

    The New Fear for Asian-Americans Going Out in Public

    Steven Yeun’s New Frontier

    Errolson Hugh Sees the Future

    Inside the NBA Bubble by Taylor Rooks

    The Phrase "People of Color" Needs to Die by Damon Young

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 35- What Is Journalism with Tommy Craggs

    Episode 35- What Is Journalism with Tommy Craggs

    Hello and welcome to episode 35 of Diversity Hire.

    Today’s guest was Tommy Craggs, and we had a rollicking conversation about an era of media we are still trying to understand: the reign of Gawker. We dove into Tommy’s time as the editor Deadspin and later the executive editor of Gakwer and what both of those sites contributed to what we now call THE DISCOURSE. We also talked about the halcyon days of NY media, why blogging sucks, arbiters of bad faith and the climate around cultural politics, and finally a question I’m sure you guys have been thinking about for ages: What even is journalism?

    Kevin and Arjun also talked about Ben Smith’s EXPOSÉ of the downtown scene and the difference between scolding and clowning people.

    Thanks for listening.

    Articles:

    What’s the Matter With Cultural Politics? (written 1 month after the 2020 election)

    This Election Was About the Issues (written 2 days before the 2016 election)

    Journalistic standards in reporting of the Te’o hoax: Q&A with Deadspin’s Tommy Craggs

    An Exclusive Interview With Tommy Craggs About The Bill Simmons "Grantland" Project

    2 Gawker Editors Resign Over Article’s Removal

    The Sideshow

    Dark Side Of The Locker Room: Stephon Marbury Is Puzzled By My Godlessness

    We’re gonna skip doing timecodes this week because I (Arjun) just got back from Rhodora and am a bit too tipsy to find the topics in the episode. Maybe I’ll edit it tomorrow. Maybe not. Let us know if the timecodes are useful.

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Episode 34 - The Biggest Story in America with Emmanuel Felton

    Episode 34 - The Biggest Story in America with Emmanuel Felton

    Hello and welcome to Episode 34 of Diversity Hire. Today’s guest was Emmanuel Felton, who is an investigative reporter at Buzzfeed. We talked about his experiences covering education and segregation in the South and in Boston, why the identity and biases of journalists matter, especially when covering race and education, what it was like to talk to Black police officers who fought back rioters at the capitol on 1/6, abolishing Ivy League schools, and much more. Kevin and Arjun also talk about their favorite snacks and the revenge of FOMO that spring will bring. Thanks for listening!

    Kevin and Arjun talk about early-onset FOMO (0:00)

    Emmanuel Felton leads us through his career timeline (8:43)

    On the diploma factory, aka Columbia Journalism School (12:48)

    How Emmanuel began covering education (15:03)

    Emmanuel’s writing a book about the Boston school desegregation program (17:42)

    The new mainstream media interest about desegregation (20:50)

    How are people rationalizing resegregation (re: “The Department of Justice Is Overseeing the Resegregation of American Schools,” The Nation, 2017) (23:17)

    Who “gets” to tell the story about school segregation? (25:00)

    Being a justice-oriented reporter (27:45)

    Will the media start ignoring stories of injustice under Biden? (29:50)

    Joining BuzzFeed and covering race and racism (33:19)

    Reporting on Black cops at the insurrection (re: “Black Police Officers Describe The Racist Attacks They Faced As They Protected The Capitol,” BuzzFeed News, 2020) (36:20)

    Coving Black police officers in the aftermath of last year’s protests (42:30)

    On living in SoHo (47:10)

    Arjun’s Feelings Don’t Have Facts Corner (49:07)

    The Diversity Tribunal (55:03)

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Nate Rumble ,

Love it

Great pod, diverse hosts

moshoumi ,

Love

Love this show. As a young journalist, I’d love to see an episode on advice on how to get started. Where do reporters get ideas from? How do you learn ~the art~ when you don’t want to go to grad school and Covid has removed in person mentorship opportunities? I’m losing my mind because I feel like I’m over complicating this, but I really have no idea how to start writing without a clear path.

devin123* ,

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The K. Austin Collins interview is really something, sheds a lot of light on a situation that has been in the news recently. The banter is good, the appreciation and familiarity with the guests' work is noticeable, and these conversations aren't happening anywhere else, especially and including on another podcast that interviews writers that shall remain nameless. Keep it up!

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