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NABJ/NAHJ Plenary will Discuss Education, Immigration and Community Policing

Wednesday, August 3, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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 Panelists include U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Education Secretary John King

Who:               United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch
                        U.S. Education Secretary John King
                        Activist DeRay McKesson

What:              A Plenary Discussion: Race: A Conversation


When:            Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

Where:           Washington Marriott Wardman ParK
                       2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Media interested in obtaining more information should contact Aprill O. Turner at (202) 649-0719 or aturner@nabj.org or Jerry Thomas at (312) 285-5166 or jerry@jerrythomaspr.com.

To obtain press credentials for the 2016 Convention, please visit: https://thenabj.wufoo.com/forms/q18wu7u41pm5wys/

OPEN TO REGISTERED MEDIA (Camera Preset: 7:30 a.m. EDT for an 8:00
a.m. EDT security sweep.)

The trifecta of education, immigration and community policing are critical to all Americans but especially to minorities and people of color who must often grapple with them on a personal level.

Both Hispanic and black students post higher high school dropout rates than their white counterparts and tend to score lower on standardized tests. Poorer performing schools often are located in communities of color and regularly have fewer technological tools, after-school tutoring options and less parental involvement. With a college education now more necessary to career success than ever, we must work to ensure people of color have access to a solid and strong educational background so that they are able to succeed. 

Immigration continues to be a hot-button issue, especially now that we are in the midst of a presidential election. Affecting the nation’s demographics, many are asking: How does an influx of people that speak different languages, practice other religions and come from a different culture affect the rest of the nation? What can we do to ensure the assimilation process is a positive learning experience for all involved?

Community policing has been especially tense in recent months. A shocked nation experienced the video incidents where two black men died at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota,  Still reeling from those, a lone gunman in Dallas went on to shoot five police officers. Baton Rouge saw two more officers shot down days later.   

“The topics of race and policing, as well as education and immigration, have dominated political and social discussions across our nation as leaders and communities wrestle with public safety and mutual respect for individuals and those sworn to protect and serve,” NABJ president Sarah Glover said. “As journalists, we must examine the coverage of these vital issues."

“What we do informs and impacts the world,” NAHJ President Mekhlo Medina. “NAHJ and NABJ, the two largest minority journalism organizations, are assembled here together in Washington, D.C., because we know our work matters in ensuring coverage of all communities.” 

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch will participate in an armchair conversation with Joy-Ann Reid of MSNBC and Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR’s Latino USA at the start of the program. 

Other participating panelists include: Shaun King of the New York Daily News, Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post, Manny Ruiz, Founder and  CEO Hispanicize Media Group;  Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, assistant professor at Temple University;  Teri Arvesu, Univision News Director in Chicago; Art Holliday, KSDK-TV anchor/reporter in St. Louis; Andre Brooks, Executive Producer of KTVT in Dallas; Alfredo Corchado of the Dallas Morning News; Marc Lamont Hill of CNN, TV One’s Roland Martin; author Arthur Reed and digital strategist Luvvie Ajayi.

Issues that will be addressed during the presentation include:

      How do local newsrooms prepare themselves to effectively cover these events?

      Can stations’ relationships with various segments of their local communities enable them to          report more effectively than other news outlets?

      What best practices do stations employ to ensure diversity in their coverage of stories where race is not necessarily a factor?

The “Race: A Conversation” panel is just one of several exciting events during the NABJ/NAHJ Joint Convention. Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session with journalists at the convention on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. 

More than 4,000 media professionals are expected at this year’s joint convention, being held from Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Those using social media during the convention are encouraged to use the hashtag #NABJNAHJ16.

For a full list of convention events, please visit the joint NABJ/NAHJ website at: www.nabjnahj.com.

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National Association of Black Journalists

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, visit www.NABJ.com

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

National Association of Hispanic Journalists is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States. Our mission is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms. We also work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media. For more information, visit www.NAHJ.com


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