Dispatch

It’s Time to Protect Our Public Media

OCTOBER 19, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Once Again, It’s Time to Protect Our Public Media I grew up watching public television. I’ve spent the balance of my professional career helping media makers create content for distribution on public media stations, And I am a public media donor. I cannot

Fighting for Worker Respect in the Film Industry

OCTOBER 12, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo Courtesy of IATSE, Burbank Fighting for Worker Respect in the Film Industry I’m sure many of you are aware of the contentious negotiations going on between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the film and television industry. IATSE is

Making BIPOC Talent Visible

October 5, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz The Media Imperative of Making BIPOC Talent Visible Last month, I noted how people of color secured more nominations than ever at the 73rd Emmy Awards. The run up to awards night was promising, but in the end, none of the BIPOC performers nominated

Eradicating America’s Obsession with Trauma Porn

September 28, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Trauma Porn: A Media Obsession Worth Eradicating What Can Black Storytellers Do About It?   Trauma porn is ubiquitous in today’s media. Footage of Haitian refugees living in squalid conditions beneath Texas’ Del Rio International Bridge. Images of desperate Afghan families risking everything

Lessons of the 73rd Primetime Emmys

September 21, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz What We Can Learn from the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards This weekend’s Primetime Emmys made it official: streaming networks are now television’s dominant player. We all saw this coming. But it’s worth noting that subscription services have eaten network TV’s lunch at breakneck

A New Era’s Dawn?

September 14, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz A New Era’s Dawn? New Peabody Awards Recognize Digital Storytellers When BPM launched its New Media Institute more than a decade ago, we knew we were on the front edge of what would become a storytelling game changer. At the time, our program

Leveling the Still Tilted Playing Field

September 7, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Leveling the Still Tilted Playing Field A couple of weeks ago, I and several dozen other New York City nonprofit arts leaders worked with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York Arts Foundation to select the final group of grantees

Back to School w/ Public Media

August 31, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Photo by Mary Taylor from Pexels Back to School With Public Media The 2021 Back to School season is missing some of its usual rhythm. Yes, most students and teachers are excited to finally be back on their campuses. But the pandemic’s ominous cloud continues to

Where Are Our Climate Change Stories?

AUGUST 24, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Where Are OUR Climate Change Stories? ‘Tis the season to be mindful of hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina, 2005. Hurricane Maria, 2017. Hurricane Harvey, 2017. These high-profile environmental disasters had a disproportionately harmful impact on BIPOC communities. Throw in the everyday toll that climate change

Honoring PIC’s Leanne Ferrer

AUGUST 17, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Honoring Our Colleague/Friend Leanne Ferrer by Continuing the Work It’s not often that people remain in the same company for more than 5 years, let alone nearly 20, but come December, I will have been at Black Public Media for two full decades.