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Black journalists to KTVU-TV: Do better

Aug 8, 2018


Just over two weeks ago, 18-year-old Oakland resident Nia Wilson, a black woman, was stabbed and killed by a white man while on the MacArthur BART platform. News outlets reported the story, including KTVU Channel 2, the local Fox affiliate. But, in its broadcast, the network used a photo of Wilson holding up her phone case, which looks like a gun. That led to outrage and protest that using that photo was unethical and harmful. Shortly after, community members took their protest to the station.

The use of Wilson’s photo drew condemnation from major journalism groups, including the Maynard Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). They’re now calling for an investigation.


Terry Collins, director of NABJ's region 4 joined Crosscurrents host Hana Baba in our studios.