Cameron Turner: TV Squanders Joan Williams’ Inspiring Story

first_img Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Joan WilliamsYou only get one chance to make a first impression. By omitting Joan Williams from their coverage of this year’s Rose Parade, television outlets gave the impression that righting the racial wrong done to Mrs. Williams nearly 60 years ago was unimportant. In doing so, they blew a beautiful opportunity to contribute to much-needed healing.Joan Williams was supposed to represent the City of Pasadena as Miss Crown City in the 1959 Rose Parade. But she was deprived of that honor, (and other ceremonial duties) after city officials found out that she was black. (Due to her fair complexion, they assumed that she was white.) Last spring, attention from community groups, local newspapers and city council members led the City of Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses to invite Mrs. Williams to appear in the 2015 parade, riding on the lead float announcing the parade theme, Inspiring Stories.The city issued an official letter of apology to Mrs. Williams and the story was carried by local and national media in the weeks leading up to. But when the Inspiring Stories float glided past the broadcast booths on New Year’s Day, TV cameras failed to zoom in on Mrs. Williams as she waved smiling from the side of the float. Commentators didn’t mention her name or summarize her story. Only one major TV outlet spotlighted Joan Williams — the Spanish language network Univision.Why this happened is a mystery. It wasn’t as if broadcasters didn’t know about Mrs. Williams. In addition to the multiple newspaper, TV and online stories about her the Tournament of Roses included information about Mrs. Williams in the packets distributed to media covering the parade. And it wasn’t as if there was no time to mention Mrs. Williams on air. KTLA co-anchors Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks seemed to be stalling as they joked about how the colorful drummers who followed the Inspiring Stories float had been rehearsing at three-thirty in the morning.Joan Williams told the Pasadena Star News that a television station rep explained to her that she was not included in the Rose Parade telecast because producers decided to “go in a different direction.” That phrase, “a different direction,” is standard and deliberately vague Hollywood jargon often used to placate (or simply blow off) critics without providing incriminating details about a controversial decision. Without speculating about what “direction” certain unidentified producers may have decided to pursue, it is valid to say that one of the Rose Parade’s important “inspiring stories” was overlooked and an opportunity to build racial harmony was squandered.Joan Williams’ story – which ultimately is a story of reconciliation and healing – could have helped soothe hearts and offer a modicum of hope in this troubled time when our nation is hurting, embittered and divided over the racial issues brought out by events including police killings of black men.The City of Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses made a beautiful gesture of goodwill by including Joan Williams in the 2015 Rose Parade. Doing so underscored the City’s and the Tournament’s commitment to celebrating the wonderful diversity of Pasadena and our nation. And how marvelously appropriate it was that Joan Williams received her long-overdue recognition in a Rose Parade reigned over by a black Rose Queen, Madison Triplett, on the 30th anniversary of the Tournament’s first black Rose Queen, Kristina Smith. It’s a shame that the television outlets who share our Tournament of Roses with the nation and the world did not recognize that Joan Williams’ appearance in the Rose Parade was an opportunity to help bring us all a little closer together.Thanks for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Opinion & Columnists Cameron Turner: TV Squanders Joan Williams’ Inspiring Story Omission from Rose Parade telecasts misses chance for much-needed healing. By CAMERON TURNER Published on Monday, January 5, 2015 | 5:05 pmcenter_img Your email address will not be published. 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Zoopla removes non-property ads from its listing details pages

first_imgHome » News » Zoopla removes non-property ads from its listing details pages previous nextProducts & ServicesZoopla removes non-property ads from its listing details pagesMeasure is part of major efforts by portal to retain and recruit agents as it battles OnTheMarket.Nigel Lewis7th January 201901,261 Views Zoopla has removed non-property related advertising from its listing details pages, bringing it into line with Rightmove and OnTheMarket and, it claims, increasing page load speeds by 35% and prompting a 9% uplift in leads to agents.The portal has also begun adding search criteria details to email leads to enable agents to prioritise enquiries, and has recently begun testing a home valuation report service provided by Hometrack in nine areas of the UK.It includes information that traditionally has only been provided to banks and surveyors including average time to sell, price changes over time and Zoopla search data.Lead increaseZoopla also says the level of leads delivered to agents has increased by 64% over the past 12 months, driven by both higher traffic to its website and its ongoing ‘crab’ adverts on TV, radio and poster sites.It says monthly online traffic peaked at a record 58.3 million site visits recently pushing the average to 50 million a month.And  it is due to increase its TV advertising spend by 23% during the first three months of this year. The portal also says it has been the highest-spending portal in the market over the past five years, according to Nielsen data.“Last year was significant for us, particularly our acquisition by Silver Lake, which has paved the way for significant investment in creative solutions to the benefit of our agent clients in the years ahead,” says Zoopla’s Managing Director Charlie Bryant (left).“This, coupled with increased consumer awareness of the Zoopla brand, means we are in a position to offer agents our most valuable and comprehensive service ever for 2019.” Charlie Bryant Zoopla ZPG January 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more