UNITY to Hold Regional Summit at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

cateWASHINGTON– In a move signaling a major shift in the organization, UNITY: Journalists for Diversity announced Monday that the coalition will hold its first regional conference for an event planned on the homeland of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

The regional event titled “Empower Your Lakota Story” on May 2 will bring journalists around the country to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for a gathering centered on media literacy, multimedia training, entrepreneurial journalism and a special town hall.

The conference comes weeks after 57 children from American Horse School were racially harassed at a Rapid City minor league hockey game. Calls by the community and the tribe have been made to get the story out beyond the usual stereotypical pieces.

AAJA Voices: A look back

View and read the works of aspiring journalists in the Asian American Journalists Association’s student projects Aug. 13-16, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

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Post-2013 convention updates from UNITY’s alliance associations

Here is a summary of the summer 2013 UNITY alliance partner conventions:

UNITY Applauds Alliance Partners’ Convention Success, Looks Toward 2016

Aug. 29, 2013

Greetings, UNITY supporters:

We have had a busy summer. In keeping with UNITY’s mission of diversity and inclusion, UNITY was represented at the conventions of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).

Interim UNITY Executive Director Walt Swanston, who had a whirlwind tour of all five conventions, spoke with sponsors, recruiters, exhibitors and association members about UNITY’s plans for a 2016 convention. “We have begun to explore cities and dates,” she said.

We applaud all our alliance partners and our co-founding association, NABJ, for their 2013 successes and look forward to continuing to work together. To read convention updates from the UNITY partners’ leadership, click here.

NLGJA Announces that the 2014 Annual Convention Will Take Place in Chicago


The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association announced its next convention will take place in Chicago. Journalists and communication professionals from across the United States in mainstream and LGBT media will meet in Chicago from August 21 – 24, 2014 for the NLGJA National Convention and 10th LGBT Media Summit.

The four-day assembly will begin with the LGBT Media Summit on August 21, followed by two full days of programming with more than 35 workshops designed to address the needs of journalists and those in the communication industry. The convention will also include receptions, the NLGJA Student Journalism Project, the Women’s Networking Dinner and numerous other networking opportunities for members.

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