ONA20 Welcome + [Featured] More Equitable Coverage for Black America

  • Thursday, Oct 01 – 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM ET (16:15 – 17:15 UTC)
  • Not available virtually
  • #ONA20
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Most major news stories in the United States in 2020 have disproportionately affected Black people. From COVID-19 to voter suppression to police violence against unarmed citizens — and the sustained prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement in response — Black communities are central to local and national stories.

Yet Black people are too often viewed as an audience segment, or worse, a coverage subject. Understanding and engaging with Black America is fundamental to the practice of good journalism in the United States.

To this end, founders and editors of digital-first publications whose coverage proportionally centers on Black communities will join us for the opening Featured Session at ONA20. The group, representing national and local outlets, as well as for-profit and nonprofit newsrooms, will discuss how they're approaching their reporting leading into the U.S. presidential election and beyond.

This session is designed for:

  • All journalists, editors and executives covering the U.S. 2020 presidential election
  • People trying to better understand COVID-19 as a coverage area
  • Journalists of color interested in how recent digital-first publications got their start
  • Those looking to improve racial equity in newsroom culture; the panelists will share how they approach culture from their point of view


Todd Johnson
Chief Content Officer, theGrio.com

Glenn Burkins
Publisher, QCity Metro
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Tiffany Walden
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The TRiiBE
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Wendi C. Thomas
Editor and publisher, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism

Patrice Peck
Freelance, Freelance
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