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Thursday, September 7 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seeing Our True Colors: How to Responsibly Cover Tough Diverse Stories

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Newsrooms enjoy covering diverse communities when it's a parade or celebratory month -- these are the "easy" topics that we can all appreciate. But when tragedy and crisis strikes, such coverage impacting BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities are often inaccurate, lackluster, or harmful. This panel discussion will explore common mistakes made in newsrooms when covering the tough issues impacting these communities (from crime reporting, health coverage, and/or political reporting). Panelists will equip attendees with ways to navigate potential problems and language to use to push management into a more inclusive direction.

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Dee Tum-Monge

Senior Communications Manager, National LGBTQ Task Force
Dee Tum-Monge is a nonbinary, Latine and seasoned communications professional with a passion for applying the creative impact of narrative-driven digital media.Over their career in managing communications, marketing and branding, Dee has established themself as a knowledgeable builder... Read More →
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Ernest Owens

CEO, Ernest Media Empire LLC
Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. He is the Editor at Large for Philadelphia Magazine, Editor of Eater Philly, President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and Regional Vice President of the National Academy of Television... Read More →
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Ashley Johnson

Executive Producer of Impact on Communities, CBS 3
Ashley Johnson joined the CBS News Philadelphia team as our Executive Producer of Impact on Communities (EPIC) in March of 2022. In this newly-created position, Ashley helps drive our focus on the 3 C’s of Content, Community and Culture. Specifically, to help us accurately reflect... Read More →
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Tanya Pai

director of newsroom standards and ethics, Vox
Tanya Pai is the director of newsroom standards and ethics at Vox and one of the founders of Language, Please, a free, living resource for all journalists and storytellers seeking to thoughtfully cover evolving social, cultural, and identity-related issues.


Thursday September 7, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Congress B (4th Floor)