More Than A Beat: Race, Reporting and the Role Media Professionals Play in Narrative Creation
For generations, journalists and professional communicators have learned to brush aside race and other societal constructs to focus on the hard facts of the story. But what happens when race is the story?
This panel will focus on the importance of race and cultural reporting in today's media landscape and the role media and communications professionals play in the creation of narratives that affect these and other societal issues.
Thursday, Sept. 17
G21 Ming Hsieh Hall
This event is free and open to the public.
Protestor in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 shortly after the death of Michael Brown. By Wesley Lowery
Chelsea Fuller is the senior communications associate for Youth Criminalization with the Advancement Project – one of the nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice organizations. In her role, Chelsea works to monitor and deconstruct harmful narratives pertaining to our nation’s youth of color. Her work has included providing on-the-ground communications support and training to organizations fighting against the ongoing state of police aggression and intimidation in Ferguson, Missouri. Prior to joining the Advancement Project in 2015, Fuller was an Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellow at FleishmanHillard International Communications in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the firm’s public affairs team. Previously, Fuller worked as a reporter and copy editor at The Dominion Post in Morgantown, West Virginia, and was editor-in-chief of The Urban Outlook, an online publication focused on news and issues affecting the nation’s underrepresented populations. Fuller is a co-founder of the WVU Association of Black Journalists and the WVU NAACP.
Wesley Lowery is a national reporter for the Washington Post, where he covers issues of race, justice and law enforcement. He previously covered national politics for the paper and was its lead reporter on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protest movement. Prior to Wesley Lowery is a national reporter for the Washington Post, where he covers issues of race, justice and law enforcement. He previously covered national politics for the paper and was its lead reporter on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protest movement. Prior to joining the Post, Lowery covered breaking news and politics for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times and is a former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2014, he was named NABJ’s Emerging Journalist of the Year.
Ryan J. Reilly is The Huffington Post’s Justice Reporter, covering the Justice Department, law enforcement and legal affairs, with an emphasis on criminal justice reform and civil rights. He has been covering the intersection of politics and the law since 2009, previously reporting for Talking Points Memo and MainJustice.com before joining The Huffington Post in 2013. Most recently, Reilly has been covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Errin Whack is an award-winning journalist and commentator on race and politics. Whack is best known for her work covering civil rights icons including Ambassador Andrew Young, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, Congressman John Lewis and the heirs of Martin Luther King, Jr. Sherecently reported on the Michael Brown case and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as an on-the-ground correspondent for Fusion. Whack’s work can be seen on NBCBLK, in POLITICO Magazine and on TIME.com. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR, MSNBC and the Soul of the South. Whack is the former Vice President of Print for the National Association of Black Journalists and frequently comments on issues of media diversity. Her reporting on the 2008 presidential election was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and she further distinguished herself during the 2012 election for her voter-focused reporting. In 2009, the Atlanta Press Club recognized Whack as Print Journalist of the Year, and she was named NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year in 2006. Prior to becoming an independent journalist, She worked as a state government reporter for the Associated Press and the Washington Post.
Doug Mitchell will moderate the panel. He is a consultant and project manager for National Public Radio based in Washington, D.C. Mitchell founded and continues to lead NPR’s program for finding and developing young people called &lquos;Next Generation Radio.&rquos; He also has served in three international fellowships including the Fulbright Scholar program. Mitchell is an adjunct instructor for Georgetown University's Master's of Professional Studies program in Washington, D.C., where he takes students to New Mexico on a journalism expedition to find and tell stories of Native American people and culture
Friday, September 18, 2015
9 a.m. – noon
201 Martin Hall
This two-part event will resume Friday with a workshop to help journalism and communications students understand the roles they play in creating and perpetuating narratives. The session will include short presentations by each of the panelists followed by small-group exercises dealing with writing on the race and culture beat, unconscious bias and the significance of understanding historic and cultural context of the communities they cover. Space is limited.