11:45 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Interactive Sessions VI
Lunch: No Place for Kids: Juvenile Incarceration and Media Portrayals of Youth
Powered by The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The United States locks up children at approximately seven times the rate of Great Britain and 18 times the rate of France. The human and financial costs of our wholesale reliance on youth incarceration has been enormous. Studies repeatedly show that putting large numbers of young people behind bars fails to reduce future offending, provides little if any overall benefit to public safety, wastes taxpayer dollars, and routinely exposes young people to violence and abuse in youth correctional facilities. In addition, children of color are incarcerated at significantly higher rates than white children. Much of this happens because of ineffective and counterproductive policies and practices in juvenile systems. But what role does the media play? This panel will examine media portrayals of youth, particularly youth of color, and what journalists can do to foster accurate perceptions of children and the juvenile justice system
Soledad O’Brien, Anchor, CNN
Alan Jenkins, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Opportunity Agenda
Bart Lubow, Director, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Joe Davidson, Columnist, The Washington Post
Covering Wealth and Poverty
American Public Media’s Marketplace launched its Wealth & Poverty Desk in February. This major new unit includes an experienced and diverse group of two reporters, two producers and an editor who cover wealth, poverty and the impact of the wealth gap. The unit expected that by convention time, it would have four months of experience in covering this complex and important subject area. In this workshop, panelists will share experience and expertise. Topic areas will include: making sense of complex economic concepts and data for audiences; turning the numbers into human stories; handling wealth and poverty and election coverage; and how to focus on the economic issues at stake.
Shereen Marisol Meraji, Reporter, Wealth and Poverty, Marketplace
Celeste Wesson, Senior Editor, Wealth and Poverty, Marketplace
John Ketchum, Assistant Producer, Wealth and Poverty, Marketplace
Millicent Jefferson, Director, Wealth and Poverty, Marketplace
Unplug from the Daily Grind and Plug into your Future: Journalism Fellowships Embracing Entrepreneurship, Branding and Tech Training
Working but restless? Need a jolt of creativity? Looking for a way to start the next chapter of your journalism career? Then you are ready to apply for a journalism fellowship. It’s an opportunity wide open for talented minority journalists – from those with a steady paycheck to freelancers, and from those working in small newsrooms to large ones. For experienced journalists pondering the future, there’s nothing better than having time to step away from the daily grind and think. A yearlong journalism fellowship is a gift to yourself and a chance for a professional meditation amid the tumult of an uncertain industry. Journalism fellowships provide both a cerebral and practical experience -classes at top universities, intimate dialogue and exchange with colleagues from the United States and around the world, plus hands-on tech training to hone new media skills.
Lynette Clemetson, Director of Digital Content Strategy, Pew Charitable Trust
Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Revolution Health, Everyday Health Inc.
Lynne K. Varner, Editorial Writer/Columnist, The Seattle Times
The Art of the Live Shot
The ability to deliver a breaking story on a tight timeline, often with limited resources, is the backbone of many a successful TV news career. This workshop features ideas and work samples from panelists, as well as the audience, making for a mutually beneficial master class in a skill as fundamental as writing and research. Veterans and "new-school” multimedia journalists will benefit.
Beverly White, Reporter, KNBC
Mary Benton, Reporter, KPRC NBC2 Houston
Kendis Gibson, Anchor/Reporter, ABC7 News/WJLA
Kareem Wynter, Entertainment Correspondent, CNN
New Media, Old Problems
There has been tremendous growth in the blogosphere and at traditional new media sites, such as ESPN, Fox, Yahoo, and NBC-Comcast. Yet despite the vast opportunities, the number of African-American sports journalists in new media remains frighteningly low. The Big Lead and Deadspin have become immensely popular sports pop culture sites, yet neither employs an African-American blogger. Panelists will discuss the lack of diversity and the reasons behind it and the role of content in the lack of diversity. The session also will offer solutions for hiring companies and black journalists.
Jemele Hill, Columnist/Television Personality, ESPN.com
AJ Daulerio, Editor-in-Chief, Gawker
Bomani Jones, Sports Personality, Contributor, SBNation.com and ESPN’s Around the Horn and Jim Rome is Burning
Don Povia, Creator, HuggingHaroldReynolds.com
Graham Watson, Blog Contributor, Y! Sports
Learning the Legalities and Liabilities in the Social Media Landscape
This panel discussion will explore the delicate balance of not only reporting a story and getting an exclusive, but also maneuvering the online landscape and avoiding potential legal landmines. The conversation is particularly important as consumers receive their news in many different ways, and social media is becoming more and more visible, and in turn, more valuable. Therefore, how do you assess the legal risks when engaging in social media, and do you have effective strategies in place to protect your station’s digital reputation – and more importantly, your own as a journalist?
Johnita Due, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Diversity Advisor, CNN
Robin Hamilton, Correspondent, NewsPlus, The CW, Tribune
Steven Drummond, Senior National Editor, NPR
Joel Dreyfuss, Managing Editor, TheRoot.com