Diversity & Management Tracks: Diversity that makes a difference

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Manny Garcia of ProPublica; Mira Lowe of University of Florida; Martin G. Reynolds of The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education; Ramon Escobar of CNN Worldwide
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Crystal AB
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Hiring and retaining diverse talent in the newsroom isn't just for show. It engenders trust from your community and helps you uncover stories that you might not find otherwise. This panel will go beyond talking points to show the real results that happen in newsrooms with diverse voices reporting in the field and making decisions back in the newsroom. 

This panel was planned in collaboration with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Speaker Bios

  • Ramon Escobar is CNN Worldwide’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Vice President for Talent Recruitment and Development.  He is the network’s chief talent scout and coach. A media veteran with 27 years experience in news and entertainment in local, cable and network television as well as digital/new media.  He has worked at NBC, Telemundo and was a consultant for ABC News, Discovery and many other content companies. He is a Missouri Journalism School Grad.

  • Manny Garcia is the Standards Editor at the USA TODAY NETWORK. He previously worked at the Naples Daily News, el Nuevo Herald & The Miami Herald. Manny received the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. Projects by Manny and his teams have won the Pulitzer, Goldsmith, IRE and a national Edward R. Murrow. His work has led to convictions of public officials, changed Florida law and freed a man wrongfully convicted of murder. He's a past IRE president.

  • Mira Lowe is director of the Innovation News Center at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications. The INC is a multimedia newsroom of students and professionals serving North Central Florida via multiple channels, including NPR, PBS and ESPN. Mira was a senior editor at CNN Digital, overseeing features coverage and special projects on CNN.com; editor-in-chief of JET Magazine in Chicago; and an editor/recruiter at Newsday in New York. @miralowe

  • Martin G. Reynolds is Co-Executive Director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. He also directs the Reveal Investigative Fellowships. Reynolds is the former editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune (CA), and was a lead editor on the Chauncey Bailey Project, formed to investigative the slaying of the former Oakland Post editor. Reynolds is a lead trainer for the Maynard Institute, focusing on cultural competency and community engagement.

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