Colorlines.com Celebrates Successful Launch of Daily News Site

Mar 01, 2011, 15:52 ET from Colorlines.com

Announces New Bloggers, D.C. Correspondent

NEW YORK, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Colorlines.com is thrilled to celebrate a remarkable year and plans for growth. Since launching as a daily news and analysis site in mid-2010, the site has grown exponentially, expanding audience by ten-fold, building vibrant community in social media and playing an active role in mass media discussions. All of this allows Colorlines.com to achieve its core mission: introducing a mass audience to new ideas and solutions for bringing about racial justice.

As part of Colorlines.com continued growth, three crucial voices have been added:

  • Publisher Rinku Sen on 21st century racial justice and the ideas and solutions that drive it in Movement Notes. A noted thought leader, Rinku has long weaved journalism and organizing to further social change.
  • D.C. Correspondent Shani O. Hilton on the Beltway. The 112th Congress will host crucial debates, from attacks on birthright citizenship to implementation of economic and health care reforms.
  • Akiba Solomon on gender through the lens of race and culture in Gender Matters, recently covering the attacks on Planned Parenthood. Akiba has a long history facilitating tough conversations for a mainstream audience at The Source, Essence, and Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts.

Colorlines.com is produced by a multiracial team of writers covering politics, immigration, education, economy, youth and pop culture. Recent accomplishments:

  • Increasing number of partnerships: Texas Observer reprint of Seth Freed Wessler's investigation into the shocking deportation of a Forth Worth resident; Julianne Hing and Channing Kennedy guest blogging for TheAtlantic.com's Ta-Nehisi Coates and American Prospect; Kai Wright on several NPR programs.
  • Media outlets following Colorlines.com's lead to Drop the I-Word ("illegals") as a dehumanizing and biased term that doesn't represent objective journalism and leads to stigmatizing of immigrants.
  • As member of The Media Consortium, partnering with Public Insight Network to amplify voices of communities of color in database of 100,000+ knowledgeable sources for journalists.
  • On every major racial justice story of 2010: historic Oscar Grant murder trial, Arizona's SB 1070, jobs crisis, mid-term election race-baiting.

Colorlines.com is guided by editorial director Kai Wright, who transformed a 12-year-old distinguished print magazine into a hard-hitting daily news site, published by the Applied Research Center (ARC), a racial justice think tank using media, research, and activism to promote solutions.

CONTACT: Rebekah Spicuglia, 415-290-2970, colorlines@colorlines.com

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