Diversity Track: Finding stories in hidden communities

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Anita Hassan of Las Vegas Review-Journal; Jaeah Lee of independent journalist; Jenni Monet of independent journalist; Andrea Castillo of Los Angeles Times
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Oceans 6-8
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Don’t settle for “it can’t be done.” This session will discuss how to cover and build relationships with overlooked communities such as Native Americans, immigrants, the homeless and people experiencing racism or hate. Panelists will give practical tips on how to connect with people in such communities, understanding the challenges marginalized groups face and how to tell their stories.

Speaker Bios

  • Andrea Castillo writes about immigration for the Los Angeles Times. She previously worked at the Fresno Bee, covering immigrant, ethnic and LGBT communities. She got her start in journalism at the Oregonian, where she covered the Latino community, among other beats. She graduated from Washington State University in 2012. @andreamcastillo

  • Anita Hassan joined the Las Vegas Review Journal's investigations team in August 2017. She was previously an investigative reporter for the Houston Chronicle, where her award-winning reporting highlighted a massive backlog of untested rape kits, county jail abuses and corruption in a state program civilly committing sex offenders. Her latest investigation uncovered failures in the criminal justice system that allowed a serial rapist in Houston to go free for a decade. 

  • Jaeah Lee is an independent journalist in San Francisco and an inaugural recipient of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize. Jaeah was previously a staff reporter at Mother Jones, where she covered policing after Ferguson. She was a 2017 senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a restorative narrative fellow with Images and Voices of Hope. She serves on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association's SF-Bay Area chapter.

  • Jenni Monet is an independent journalist who writes about Indigenous rights and injustice for such publications as the Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour and Al Jazeera.  She received top journalism honors for her months-long chronicling of the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance movement at Standing Rock.  Monet holds an MA in International Politics from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna.

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