How to fight racism and not get fired from your
mainstream media job

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The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists is hosting a Zoom panel discussion on impartiality and avoiding conflicts of interest at a time of national crisis.

Americans are risking their lives to take to the streets and protest police brutality, institutional discrimination and centuries of anti-Black racism in the U.S. As this historic moment unfolds, many journalists are once again asking themselves what they can and cannot do when it comes to participating in political discourse.

Newsroom guidelines on ethical conduct dictate how journalists communicate on their personal social media accounts and engage in other behaviors, such as campaigning for a candidate or donating to a political organization. Journalists are often prohibited from publicly expressing their opinions and associating with a political cause to avoid compromising their newsroom's reputation and ability to cover the news.

But at a time when so much is at stake, some are wrestling with these policies and their role in the news industry. In recent days, journalists have been turning to each other for guidance:

-Can we attend anti-racism protests as a participant, not a journalist?

-Can we donate to organizations that some sources might perceive as political?

-How do we tackle racism in our newsrooms and protect our mental health?

This panel will feature seasoned journalists discussing their efforts to honor their personal beliefs and uphold their newsroom's ethics codes. The event will feature an hour-long discussion from the panelists and a 30-minute Q&A with the audience.

This event is open to all journalists, not just NAHJ members.

Our moderator is:
Doris Truong has been director of training and diversity at The Poynter Institute since 2018. Before that, she worked for 15 years at The Washington Post, including her last role as weekend homepage editor. She has also worked at the Dallas Morning News and is a proud Mizzou alum. She is former national president of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Our panelists are:
Sewell Chan is Editor of the Editorial Pages at the Los Angeles Times. Before joining The Times in September 2018, Chan worked for 14 years at the New York Times, where he was a metro reporter, Washington correspondent, deputy Op-Ed editor and international news editor. He serves on the board of the News Leaders Association (formerly the American Society of News Editors).

Errin Haines is editor-at-large for The 19th. She was previously national writer on race for The Associated Press, focused on the intersection of race, politics and culture. An award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of reporting experience, Errin has also worked at The Los Angeles Times, the Orlando Sentinel and The Washington Post. She is a native of Atlanta.

Rafael Olmeda covers Broward criminal and civil courts for the Sun Sentinel. A graduate of Baruch College of the City University of New York, he worked for six years at the New York Daily News before joining the Sun Sentinel in 1999. He has served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and UNITY: Journalists of Color.

Kat Stafford is the national race and ethnicity writer at The Associated Press. Her work includes coverage of the 2020 election and how race intersects with politics, health and more. An award-winning journalist, Stafford was previously an investigative journalist at the Detroit Free Press. She was named a 2019 Ida B. Wells Investigative Fellow and received the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2017 Young Journalist of the Year Award from the organization's Detroit Chapter.

Dorothy Tucker is the president of the National Association of Black Journalists and a reporter for CBS 2 Chicago’s Investigator team. Tucker has been honored numerous times throughout her career. Her many awards include several local Emmys, including one for her breaking news reports during the 2008 Northern Illinois University shootings.


If you have any questions regarding this training please contact Cristina Silva, NAHJ Los Angeles chapter president, at [email protected].


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