Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications assembly area.

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications assembly area.

PHOENIX – UNITY: Journalists for Diversity in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has opened registration for an exciting media summit in Phoenix at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on April 29.

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.

Scheduled speakers include Fernanda Santos, Phoenix correspondent from The New York Times; Felicia Fonseca, Flagstaff correspondent from The Associated Press; Nigel Duara, Tucson correspondent from The Los Angeles Times; Astrid Galvan, Tucson correspondent from The Associated Press; Cynthia Zwick, AZ Community Action Association; Alia Beard Rau, Arizona Republic and Hector Rodriguez from Rio Bravo Comics.

Registration for the day long summit will be $35 for professionals and free for students and faculty.

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
First Amendment Forum (second floor)
555 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

For more information and to register for the conference:

A day before the summit, UNITY in partnership with ONE Arizona will hold a special town hall meeting and panel discussion, April 28, on immigration. The town hall will take place at Puente Human Rights Movement from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The town hall will feature local community leaders and journalists from around the country in an effort to highlight better news coverage on immigration issues.

Panelists for the town hall include UNITY Board President Russell Contreras as moderator and will be joined by Hector Rodriguez, Author, Rio Bravo Comics; Dagoberto Bailon, Organizer, Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (AZ-QUIP); and Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief of The New York Times.

Registration for the town hall is open to all and is free of charge.

For more information and to register for the town hall:

Puente Human Rights Movement
1937 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85009

A networking reception is scheduled immediately after the town hall. For more information:

UNITY hosted its first ever regional summit in May 2015, attracting more than 70 people for an event on the homeland of the Oglala Lakota. The gathering, held at the new Allen Youth Center, pulled in journalists from eight different states and around 30 children from American Horse School.

The group then held its second regional gathering in Detroit featuring a town hall meeting on Arab Americans and media summit at Wayne State University. UNITY also held a summit at the University of Alabama, which featured veteran journalists who covered the civil rights movement.

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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