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UNITY Executive Director
Continuing its new mission to hold regional media summits around the country, UNITY: Journalists for Diversity announced Monday the organization will kick off 2016 in Phoenix on April 28 and April 29.
UNITY will hold a town hall meeting on immigration in Phoenix followed by a media regional summit at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The media summit will cover issues around immigration, the 2016 presidential election, LGBT refugees, the Native American vote and the environment.
Russell Contreras, president of UNITY, said Phoenix is a perfect place for the group to start 2016. “Arizona’s Urban Heart is a mirror of the nation’s demographic changes and anxieties and it is a place with strong journalism,” Contreras said. “We are excited about coming to Phoenix and working with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.”
Public radio reporter and former NAHJ board member Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez is chairing the media regional summit and is working to finalize the agenda. The Native American Journalists Association also is partnering with UNITY for the event.
UNITY is working to finalize other regional media locations for 2016. Among the place UNITY is considering in El Paso, Texas, Chicago and Atlanta.
Last year, UNITY hosted similar regional media summits in Alabama, Detroit an the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. UNITY also held a town hall meeting on anti-Arab American sentiment at the Arab American National Museum on Sept. 11. The 2016 Regional Media Summits are being underwritten by the TEGNA Foundation.
UNITY Journalists for Diversity is a strategic alliance that:
- Advocates fair and accurate coverage about diversity — especially race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
- Aggressively challenges that industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the country’s diversity.
The UNITY board is made up of representatives from the Asian American Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association, and NLGJA: The Association of LGBT Journalists.