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UNITY Regional Media Summit: Town Hall on Immigration, “What’s Your Story?”

April 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST


UNITY: Journalists for Diversity and ONE Arizona will hold a special town hall meeting and panel discussion on April 28, 2016 on immigration.

The town hall will take place at the Puente Human Right Movement offices and will feature local community leaders and journalists from around the country in an effort to highlight areas needed to better news coverage.

UNITY Board President, Russell Contreras will moderate the town hall and will be joined by Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief, New York Times; Hector Rodriguez, Author, Rio Bravo Comics; and Dagoberto Bailon, Co-Founder, Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project.

UNITY Student Reporter Shine Salt will be covering the Phoenix Regional Summit and Town Hall.

Here is her biography:

Shine Salt

Shine Salt

Shine Salt is from Kayenta, Ariz., located on the Navajo Nation. She is from the Folded Arm Clan born for the Mexican Clan, her maternal grandfather is the Deer Spring Clan and paternal grandmother is the Bitter Water Clan. In the Navajo culture, it is taught at an early age to say your clans first for introduction to another person. The clan system is very essential to the Navajo tribe because it defines where an individual comes from and to meet extended family.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Fall 2013 for Journalism and Mass Communication, and a minor in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. Within her time at ASU and after, she has interned with various news outlets: Navajo Times, Arcadia Newspaper, KPHO.com with CBS, and the Cronkite Journal. Shine was accepted into programs like the Native American Journalism Association (NAJA) and the Washington Internship for Native Students (WINS).

While reporting for the news outlets, she learned about community topics like cultural issues of sacred land sites on federal-public land, community development, and government-to-government relations of political affairs among the Navajo Nation and States. In 2015, Shine received a second place award in the Native Media-Student Division for Best News Story with NAJA of a protest at a football game in Phoenix involving the controversial Washington name. Through the experiences of reporting for Native issues, she ambitiously continued her academics to further research tribal laws. For that, Shine has put her minor into a bachelor’s degree for Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University, and will be graduating by May 2016.

In addition to the journalist panel, ONE Arizona representatives will each speak about their organization and community work. Once the panel opens the floors up for discussion, the organizations will join the journalists for Q&A.

The event will also feature a reception sponsored by Paz Cantina preceding the panel discussion.

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5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Registration and networking reception (food and refreshments sponsored by Paz Cantina)

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM – Opening remarks, welcome and introductions by UNITY, ONE Arizona and Puente Arizona

5:45 PM – 6:15 PM – Brief presentations by ONE Arizona partnering organizations

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM – Panel – Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief, New York Times; Hector Rodriguez, Author, Rio Bravo Comics; Dagoberto Bailon, Co-Founder, Undocumented Immigrant Project, Arizona Queer; Carlos Garcia, Executive Director, Puente Arizona; Suzanne Gamboa, Senior Writer/Latino Section, NBC News.com; and Russell Contreras, UNITY Board President, Reporter, Associated Press, Moderator

7:15 PM – 8:00 PM – Open discussion/Q&A

8:00 PM Event adjourns

PARKING INFO: There is ample free parking in the parking lots surrounding the buildings and on the street.


The town hall comes a day before the UNITY Regional Media Summit sponsored by the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The regional event titled “Stories from the Four Corners: Empowering the Southwestern Perspective” on April 29, 2016, will bring journalists from around the country to Arizona State University for an event centered on prevalent and emerging issues within the Southwest.

Workshops will include education, immigration, law enforcement, public records, community outreach and entrepreneurial journalism.



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April 28, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Puente Human Rights Movement
1937 W Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85009 US
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