CNN Donates $100,000 To NLGJA

By Brian 

CNN’s $100,000 donation to the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association is “the largest single gift from a news media company to the organization,” NLGJA Executive Director Pamela Strother said in a press release yesterday.

The donation, to the organization’s scholarship fund endowment, will support the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award. “The $5,000 Aarons scholarship will be awarded annually to an LGBT undergraduate or graduate student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community.” More…

> A couple of tipsters have raised their eyebrows at the donation. “I have a serious problem with this donation. It seems to me that CNN is taking one side in a public debate over another,” one person wrote. But why is “fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community” subject to a “public debate?”