Investigating hate (Sponsored by Mother Jones, New America Media and ProPublica)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: AC Thompson of ProPublica; Josh Harkinson of Mother Jones; Carlos Martinez de la Serna of Univision; Leslie Layton of ChicoSol
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Grand Canyon 7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by AC Thompson, ProPublica

In 2016, we saw a rise of extremist groups and their leaders into the mainstream. Hear from investigative journalists and ethnic media reporters who navigate this web of hate from both sides. We’ll focus on how reporters are tracking this movement by digging deep to get the interviews and creating a national database of hate crimes and acts of bias as reported by people in targeted communities.

Speaker Bios

  • Josh Harkinson is a senior reporter for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco. He joined Mother Jones in 2006 and has written about a wide range of issues for the magazine. For the past year he has covered the alt-right and political extremism.

  • Leslie Layton is founding editor of ChicoSol, an online magazine that provides cross-cultural feature writing and investigative reporting in the Chico area of the Northern Sacramento Valley. ChicoSol sometimes publishes in both English and Spanish. Layton taught journalism at Chico State for several decades and spent a decade as a journalist in Mexico City working for stateside newspapers. She has a Master’s degree in communication from Stanford University. @ChicoSolNews

  • Carlos Martinez de la Serna is director of digital innovation at Univision, and a research Fellow on collaborative journalism at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. @cmdelaserna

  • A.C. Thompson is a staff reporter with ProPublica. His stories have helped lead to the exoneration of two innocent San Francisco men sentenced to life in prison and the prosecution of seven New Orleans police officers. In addition to working as a print and web journalist, Thompson has reported extensively for television, serving as a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline.

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