Anyone wondering if UNITY still matters need only look around.
If UNITY continues down this road, and we can convince new and old friends to join us, a 2020 UNITY convention is not a farfetched idea. Yes, much needs to happen until then, we need to craft a plan that makes good business sense and we need to show we are committed to our mission, but it is possible.
I didn’t set out to be here. During the last few months, I’ve enjoyed life as a new father, worked on a JFK book and wrote stories about a police shooting in the largest city in one of the poorest states in America.
The complexities of exercising freedom of the speech are now center stage with attempts to intimidate and silence journalists in Ferguson, Mo., Egypt and Iraq.
This month, UNITY: Journalists for Diversity convened a Diversity Caucus to bring together leaders representing more than 50 media and journalism academic organizations from across the country.
I am truly honored by the support of the board of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity in electing me president.
I am pleased and proud about the way the UNITY alliance partners banded together, ready to help journalists of color when Gannett announced the layoffs of 700 employees, which affected people working in departments across the company.
In 1981, I remember reading a one-column article buried inside the pages of the main section of the New York Times. It discussed a puzzling medical situation.
I am saddened by the decision that the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists has made to leave the alliance of UNITY: Journalists of Color.
The 2011 newsroom census report by the American Society of News Editors is out, and the news continues to be bad for journalists of color.
Three months into this presidency, and what a time it’s been!
Is it true, is it fair, is it necessary? Much has changed in the world of journalism since I heard those words uttered by my trusted professor. And many of us are road kill on the information superhighway as a result.
- End of an era: UNITY dissolves, but its mission remains
- UNITY Mourns Loss of Former Executive Director
- UNITY participates in media discussions on diversity
- UNITY Reporting Fellow: Re-defining success in immigrant communities at AAJA
- UNITY Reporting Fellow: Mental health is not taken seriously enough in the media industry
- Fake News and the Art of Journalism
- 4th Annual UNITY Diversity Caucus
- Biography: Ala’a Ibrahim, 2017 UNITY Fellow
- UNITY Announces 2017 Fellow
- 2017 UNITY Reporting Fellowship Application