Never In My Wildest Dreams

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Belva Davis, broadcast journalist and author of Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism, talks about her career as an African-American journalist.


Belva Davis

Comments [2]

Andy Cohen from New York

Fantastic -- but far too brief -- interview with Ms. Belva Davis. Would have been awesome to hear her speak more. Interestingly, most of her advice was LESS about race + gender, and MORE about how to be a top journalist. Given that so many of us in journalism are DIY these days -- fewer jobs within traditional organisations, less time for senior people to mentor, more blogging -- it was really useful to hear these tips from a veteran.

The young lady, Melissa, who called in, was initially incoherent and I wondered 'How is she in media?' But you let her finish her question and it turned out to be a KNOCKOUT one. And it applies to so many 'onlys': only Jew, only female, only American, only gay, etc.

Please bring Belva Davis back on if possible, and please consider a segment/series 'Brian Lehrer's 1-day J-School' featuring senior journalists+reporters giving advice to the new generation. That would be huge.

Thanks to you + your team for a great show.

Apr. 01 2011 02:14 AM
Calls'em from Here, there & everywhere.

I feel bad for Ms. Davis' experience in 1964, but she had no credentials and should have been arrested. Many a white male reporter has been beaten up at a Convention - usually at Democrat Party events, These examples come to mind - Dan Rather 1968 and several reporters in 1948 when the "Dixie-crats" exited the arena after Hubert Humphrey's speech on voting rights.
More recently libs have tried to shut down every Republican Convention since 1972.
Please stop hyping race and class war issues. It's very unprofessional and can lead to no good.

Mar. 31 2011 11:57 AM

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