New York Times: Rotten Tomatoes Adds 200 Critics as It Tries to Be More Inclusive. “Rotten Tomatoes, the powerful review aggregation service, substantially revised its criteria for critics on Tuesday in an effort to include more female and minority voices and better reflect podcast and YouTube reviewing.”
Cornell University: Empathy project goes online. “Since its launch in September 2016, the Cornell Race and Empathy Project has recorded, archived and shared the everyday stories of Cornellians that evoke racial empathy. The physical incarnation of the project – a cozy listening booth shaped like a stylized ear – is showing wear and tear and will have to be retired. To continue fostering the ability to identify and understand the feelings of someone of a different background, the project has evolved into an online presence.”
Hollywood Reporter: Time’s Up Teaming With USC Annenberg Professor to Launch Diverse Critics Database. “As stars and studios continue to call for more diverse film critics, Time’s Up and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative director Dr. Stacy L. Smith are stepping into the fray with a new database of diverse critics and journalists. Called CRITICAL, the forthcoming opt-in database, open to all, aims to connect underrepresented film critics and journalists with publicists, studios, film critics associations and talent. Over 200 critics and journalists have created profiles so far after being contacted by CRITICAL or friends who forwarded CRITICAL’s email about the initiative.”
Violinist: Music by Living Black Composers Directory Now Available Online. “Rachel Barton Pine is determined to make it easier for performers, conductors, and concert programmers to find the music of black composers, and today her foundation launched a free online directory of living black composers called the Music By Black Composers: Living Composers Directory.”
Niche Canada: The Syllabus Project. “Has anyone else noticed how often environmental history syllabi largely omit women and scholars of colour? A colleague’s initial Twitter query about good sources for an environmental syllabus was followed by dozens of excellent suggestions—but none of those suggested sources were written by women and few were by scholars of colour. Dolly Jørgensen commented on this lack of diversity, and a lively Twitter discussion ensued about the structural reasons for underrepresentation. A discussion on the Women’s Environmental History Network (WEHN) email list occurred simultaneously, while the #WomenAlsoKnowHistory hashtag and website https://womenalsoknowhistory.com/ were in development.”
Middletown Press: CAA Creates Online Database for TV Writers of Color. “CAA has launched a new database, Amplify Database, a searchable directory for some 800 TV writers of color. The database was unveiled Thursday morning at the agency’s second annual Amplify summit. Made up of 808 writers, Amplify Database will be free to use for studios, showrunners and networks.” CAA Stands for Creative Artists Agency.
BBC News: Google diversity figures show little change. “A new report from Google has revealed that little has changed despite a commitment to increasing diversity among staff employed by the tech giant. Overall nearly 70% of Google staff were men, as has been the case since 2014. In the US almost 90% were white or Asian, 2.5% were black and 3.6% Latin American.”