Reporting on Race in America: Lessons from Local Newsrooms

Local television and radio newsrooms are frequently at the epicenter of news stories where race is a principal factor. Whether it’s coverage of racially-motivated crimes to demonstrations and civil unrest, how do local newsrooms prepare to effectively cover these events? Can stations' relationships with various segments of their local communities enable them to report more effectively? What best practices do stations employ to ensure diversity in their coverage of stories where race is not necessarily a factor? View a live stream of a panel discussion focusing on what local stations are doing well and what steps they can take to improve.


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Paula Madison, The Africa Channel, former NBC executive, author, producer

Teri Arvesu, news director, Univision, Chicago, Ill.

Andre Brooks, executive producer, KTVT, Dallas, Texas

Art Holliday, reporter, KSDK, St. Louis, Mo.

Jeimmie Nevalga, supervising producer, KOMU, Columbia, Mo., associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Barry Simms, reporter, WBAL, Baltimore, Md.

Eric Valadez, assistant news director, WFAA, Dallas, Texas