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Black Media-Makers and the Fierce Urgency of Now

December 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Black Lives Matter movement, the stark inequalities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing racial resentment of the Trump Era made 2020 a uniquely challenging and uniquely fruitful year for Black media-makers. As Americans seek out more stories about race, and we are reminded over again of the myopic whiteness that has historically excluded Black perspectives from prominent media, Black media-makers, from journalists to comics, have spoken out about the continued roadblocks to covering these issues with compassion and depth. Their stories include concerns over stagnation in newsroom diversity, the censoring of Black journalists, the weaponization of “objectivity,” and a range of other experiences with marginalization within the industry. They also face police violence when covering protests, are demeaned by powerful politicians, and face an increasingly polarized American public. Yet, Black media-makers certainly have more visibility and reach than ever before. This symposium brings together Black media-makers across industries to discuss the urgency of now and best practices for media organizations covering race and racial justice issues.

For the full symposium schedule click here (https://www.asc.upenn.edu/news-events/events/black-media-makers-and-fierce-urgency-now)

This event is free, virtual and open to all.

Co-Organized with the Center for Media at Risk


December 4, 2020
10:00 am - 3:30 pm