The discussion about race and diversity continues across the country — not just about how to increase diversity in newsrooms, but how to cover it as well.
The National Association of Broadcasters is set to release guidelines and recommendations through a toolkit on April 12 in Washington.
Along with the toolkit release, NAB will host a lunchtime conversation about reporting on race. Following the noon lunch at the Knight Conference Center in the Newseum, NAB and the NAB Education Foundation are bringing together news directors, reporters, and journalism educators to talk about personal experiences in the industry as well as recommendations on reporting on race and racially sensitive stories.
“Local radio and television stations have unique relationships with their communities and their reporters are often the first on the scene as racially sensitive stories develop,” NAB says. “Americans continue to rely on their local news broadcasters who are uniquely situated to bring the role race plays in these stories to the forefront.”
The event will be emceed by Bruce Johnson, WUSA9 weeknight anchor in Washington, D.C. The afternoon discussion will include two different parts:
Awareness in Reporting Panel: Lessons Learned From Reporting on the Frontlines — A discussion about guidelines and recommendations by the broadcast industry to cover racially-sensitive stories well.
Conversation with Community Leaders – Chief David Brown and Rev. Kenny Irby — Hear personal experiences from community leaders and how that impacts coverage by journalists.
See the complete agenda here.