Welcome to the fourth episode of Diversity Hire.
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Today we talked to Jazmine Hughes (The New York Times Magazine) about the halcyon days of early 2010s media, the usefulness of a word like diversity, swimming, skateboarding, and workplace politics. She also guides us through what her life was like in the days following the Tom Cotton op-ed. Finally...this is our first episode without a disclaimer…or is it? *BWAAAANG*
Jazmine wonders what’s gonna happen when she turns 30 (3:55)
Jazmine guides us through her career timeline (7:23)
Gawker, the Hairpin, and the halcyon days of early 2010s media (15:38)
Transitioning from the blogosphere to The New York Times (19:40)
I Dressed Like Cookie for a Week to Get Over My Imposter Syndrome (Cosmopolitan, 2015) (23:47)
Why Jazmine writes about workplaces (26:16)
Jazmine guides us through the fallout of the Tom Cotton Op-ed (31:35)
Corporate media accountability (44:24)
Arjun is scared that his corporation will fire him because of this podcast (please don’t fire me), and asks Jazmine if she was scared (49:25)
Jazmine on white people who mock their own whiteness to seem “cool” (53:15)
Interlude: Jazmine is learning how to skate, Arjun asks if she’s gonna get her feet wet in Dimes Square (57:34)
Learning to Swim Taught Me More Than I Bargained for (The New York Times Magazine, 2019) (58:53)
Writers of Color (1:02:02)
Does Jazmine like the word diversity? Does she think the word represents her? Does she think she represents it? (1:06:00)
Arjun asks Jazmine if she’s ever experienced an instance of racism while working in the media (1:13:34)
Kevin asks Jazmine about having to be a sensitivity reader in the workplace (1:17:42)
The Diversity Tribunal (1:21:55)
Jazmine would like for you to Venmo the investigative journalist Tammie Teclemariam, to subscribe to your local newspaper, and to donate to your community aid fund.
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