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DETROIT

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Continuing its new mission to visit communities battling income inequality, UNITY: Journalists for Diversity has announced that the coalition will hold its second regional conference for a gathering planned in Detroit.

The regional event titled “Empowering The Detroit Story” on Sept. 12 at will bring journalists around the country to Wayne State University for an event centered on media literacy, multimedia training, entrepreneurial journalism and discussions on tackling poverty.

UNITY president Russell Contreras said the coalition wanted to come to Detroit because the community is actively responding to the city’s many challenges and Detroit has a long history with various communities of color.

“There are many stories that get overlooked in Detroit. This is not just a city struggling with poverty,” Contreras said. “This is a city working to end poverty.”

Ethriam Cash Brammer, associate director for the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies at Wayne State said the university was happy to welcome UNITY to campus and believes the area needs to have an honest discussion on media diversity.

“Detroit is a unique city with a very diverse population,” Brammer said. “All of our voices need to be heard.”

Workshops will include building simple websites, investigative journalism, social media training and media engagement. A town hall meeting with local journalists of color also is planned for members of the community.

Before the summit, syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz will hold a cartooning workshop for students in Detroit and Chicago Tribune Standards Editor Margaret Holt speak on media ethics to a Wayne State journalism class.

In addition, Alcaraz will be the keynote speakers for the annual gala for the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies on the evening of Sept. 12 at Wayne State.

Contreras said UNITY, a coalition of minority journalists, is moving toward an active and impactful mission, rather than an organization that is seen as just holding a conference every four years.

UNITY hosted its first ever regional summit May, 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 board of directors for UNITY is scheduled to meet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Oct. 17 to discuss a long-term strategic plan for the organization.

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The regional event titled “Empowering The Detroit Story” on Sept. 12, will bring journalists around the country to Wayne State University for an event centered on media literacy, multimedia training, entrepreneurial journalism and discussions on tackling poverty. The gathering is a collaboration between the Center of Latino and Latin American Studies and The Journalism Institute for Media Diversity.

Syndicated cartoonist and writer, Lalo Alcaraz, will participate in a workshop on entrepreneurial media and IRE Training Director Megan Luther will conduct a workshop on using web tool for investigative journalism.

See the presenters and the schedule here!

Registration for the summit will be $35 and $15 for students and Wayne State staff.

Register for the conference here: http://bit.ly/1HUMobC
Or, register immediately here via this secure form:

Wayne State University
Student Center Ballroom
5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI

A day before the summit, UNITY will hold a special town hall meeting and panel discussion, Sept 11, on media representations of Arab Americans and Muslims. The town hall will take place at the Arab American National Museum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more about the town hall »

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

Michigan State University journalism professor Joe Grimm will moderate the town hall and will be joined by Lalo Alcaraz, Arab American News Publisher Osama Siblani, Chicago Tribune Standards Editor Margaret Holt, and UNITY President and Associated Press Reporter Russell Contreras.

Attendance to special town hall is free.

Register for the town hall here: http://bit.ly/1MBW42G

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Admission is free! Register now!

Arab American National Museum
3624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI

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

Sponsors include:

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies Logo

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

The Journalism Institute for Media Diversity logo

The Journalism Institute for Media Diversity

Website heading logo for Ford Foundation, at fordfoundation.org

Ford Foundation

ABOUT UNITY

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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