Race and the Media Symposium

April 2–3, 2019 Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium
140 Newhouse 3

The Newhouse School is hosting two days of talks and events on race and the media. The event will feature TED-style talks by recent alumni of color representing the industries of broadcasting, magazine, ethnic media, newspaper, and social media.

Lakshmi Singh '94, newscaster at NPR, will kick off the event with a keynote speech. A leading expert on the census from the Wall Street Journal will provide an exploration of the country’s changing demographics. The alumni presentations and ensuing Q&A will tackle topics that include the challenges, and opportunities, of covering diverse communities; the ways in which race and bias can shape news coverage and influence newsroom cultures; and practical solutions for journalists of all races who want to succeed in the industry.  

This is the second year Newhouse has hosted a Race and the Media event. In 2017, the focus was on the careers of veteran journalists of color. This year focuses on the experiences, insights, and advice of younger journalists. 

Race and the Media Symposium Keynote, April 2

Lakshmi Singh '94, NPR

7-8 p.m., Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3

Race the Media Symposium, April 3 

Race and the Census

Paul Overberg, Wall Street Journal data reporter

9-9:30 a.m., Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3

TED-style talks by recent alumni on transitioning to the workplace and finding and covering difficult stories. Audience Q/A to follow.  


Lena Pringle G'16, WJXT Jacksonville, morning anchor/traffic anchor/reporter

Elliot Williams G'17, assistant editor, Washingtonian magazine

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye G'16, reporter/producer, Indian Country Today

Brooke Lewis G'15, reporter, Houston Chronicle

Daniel Taroy '13, senior social media editor, Vanity Fair

9:30-10:50 a.m., Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3

The event is open to the public. CART services will be provided.

Information about the speaker

Lakshmi Singh '94

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For more information, contact:
Jim Shahin