CHICAGO (September 8, 2016)

23349148933-23908421-2UNITY: Journalists for Diversity in partnership with Loyola University and the Chicago Headline Club has opened registration for an exciting media summit in Chicago at Loyola University’s Schreiber Center on October 21.

The regional event titled “Rethinking Journalism in the Midwest” will bring journalists from around the country to the Loyola Water Tower campus for an event centered on prevalent and emerging issues within the Midwest. Workshops will include diversity media coverage, community violence, systems issues/municipal finance, journalism tools, future of media and entrepreneurial journalism.

Scheduled speakers include Leah Hope – ABC 7 News Chicago, Niala Boodhoo –Illinois Public Media, Lucy Westcott – Newsweek, Fernando Diaz – Center of Investigative Reporting/Reveal, award-winning filmmaker Barbara E. Allen, Tracy Baim – Windy City News, Ray Hanania –, Karyn Taylor – former producer of 60 Minutes, 20/20 and now trial consultant, and Teri Arvesu – Univision.

Registration for the day long summit is $40 for professionals and free for students and faculty.

The event will take place at:

Loyola University Chicago
Water Tower Campus
Schreiber Center
Wintrust Hall, 9th Fl.
16 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611

For more information and to register online, follow this link.

UNITY is completing its second year of regional summits. Previous gatherings took place in Pine Ridge, SD, Detroit, MI, Tuscaloosa, AL, and Phoenix AZ. Topics ranged from Native media, poverty, economic development, diversity in media, civil rights and immigration. The 2016 Regional Media Summits are being underwritten by the TEGNA Foundation.

Join UNITY for an exciting two days in one of the country’s most diverse cities!


UNITY Journalists for Diversity is a strategic alliance that:

  1. Advocates fair and accurate coverage about diversity — especially race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  2. 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.

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