Black Media-Makers and the Fierce Urgency of Now

Black Media-Makers and the Fierce Urgency of Now
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04 Dec 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
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The Black Lives Matter movement, the stark inequalities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing racial resentment of the Trump Era made 2020 a uniquely challenging and uniquely fruitful year for Black media-makers. As Americans seek out more stories about race, and we are reminded over again of the myopic whiteness that has excluded Black perspectives from media, Black media-makers are the vanguard of media innovation and leadership. These media-makers work to tell stories with compassion and depth despite stagnation in industry diversity, censorship, misinformation, and the weaponization of “objectivity.” They also face police violence when covering protests, are demeaned by powerful politicians, and face an increasingly polarized American public. Yet, Black media-makers have more visibility and reach, across a greater number of platforms, than ever before and are using it to help us understand the soul of our nation. This symposium brings together Black media-makers across industries to discuss the urgency of now for Black storytellers, best practices for covering race and racial justice issues, and the future of American media. 


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
All Times Eastern (ET)

10:00-10:15am
WELCOME + INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

John L. Jackson, Jr.Dean, Annenberg School for Communication
Sarah J. Jackson, Presidential Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication; Co-Director, Media, Inequality & Change Center

10:15-11:15am
THE STATE OF BLACK MEDIA

Panel 1 assesses the state of recent media made by Black Americans amidst the promises and limitations of new technologies and progress and decline in media industries. How do these circumstances ultimately affect the visibility of Black media-makers and their stories?

Gene Demby, Co-host/Correspondent, Code Switch NPR
Errin Haines, Editor-at-Large, The 19th
Maori Holmes, Artistic Director & CEO, Blackstar Film Festival

11:15am-12:15pm
COVERING RACE/COVERING ACTIVISM

Panel 2 examines national and local media coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement, among other recent racial justice and activist efforts. What unique challenges do Black media-makers face while covering Black activism? How do traditional values like “objectivity” play out in these contexts?

Chenjerai Kumanyika, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Communication and Information; Co-host, Uncivil
Stacy-Marie Ishmael, Editorial Director, The Texas Tribune
Wesley LoweryJournalist, CBS News

12:15-1:15pm, Break

1:15-2:15pm
WHITE HOUSE/BLACK JOURNALISTS 

What role do Black journalists play in covering presidential politics and policy? Panel 3 reflects on both the recent presidential race and electoral politics in coming years to highlight the crucial contributions of Black political journalists, as well as the backlash they face.

Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Ayesha Rascoe, White House Reporter, NPR
Beatrice Peterson, Campaign Reporter, ABC News

2:15-3:15pm
MEDIA FOR ADVOCACY

Panel 4 spotlights the Black media-makers working at the forefront of community advocacy. What does the future hold for local, independent and grassroots media that center issues, voices and stories historically excluded from mainstream coverage?

Tauhid Chappell, New Voices Philadelphia Project Manager, Free Press
Nuala Cabral, Program Officer, Independence Public Media Foundation
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Independent Filmmaker and Activist

3:15-3:30pm
CLOSING REMARKS

Sarah J. JacksonPresidential Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication; Co-Director, Media, Inequality & Change Center

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