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.
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.
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.
REGIONAL SUMMIT INFO:
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.