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Race, Politics and the Media: A Roundtable Discussion from the UNITY Conference
by via Democracy Now
Friday Jul 25th, 2008 8:04 AM
Friday, July 25, 2008 :In Chicago, nearly 10,000 journalists of color are gathered for a convention that brings together members of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Native American Journalists Association. It's organized by UNITY, Journalists of Color, Inc. We host a discussion with Democracy Now! co-host and former president of NAHJ, Juan Gonzalez, and journalists Roberto Lovato and Amy Alexander.
We turn now to Chicago where nearly 10,000 journalists of color are gathered for a convention that brings together members of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, and the Native American Journalists Association. Its organized by UNITY, Journalist of Color, Incorporated.

UNITY began over 20 years ago in Philadelphia over a conversation between our very own Juan Gonzalez and Will Sutton from the National Association of Black Journalists. The first conference in 1994 in Atlanta drew over 6,000 people–the largest gathering of journalists in U.S. history.

Juan Gonzalez, past President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, will be inducted into their Hall of Fame at a gala this evening in Chicago. Congratulations, Juan!

We now host a discussion about race, politics, and the media. We’re joined by two guests from the UNITY convention in Chicago. Roberto Lovato is a frequent commentator on immigration and Latino politics. He writes for New America Media and blogs at ofamerica.wordpress.com. Amy Alexander is the Alfred Knobler Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute and is writing a book about race and the media.

Roberto Lovato, writes for New America Media and is a frequent contributor to The Nation Magazine. He blogs at ofamerica.wordpress.com.

Amy Alexander, journalist and author. She has written for several publications and is currently the Alfred Knobler Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. She is the author of 50 Black Women Who Have Changed America and is now writing a book about race and the media.

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