Advocating for diversity and inclusivity in journalism

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Cheryl W. Thompson of NPR; Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR; Julia B. Chan of Mother Jones
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 10:15am
  • Location: Salon A&B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

When news organizations create a culture built on inclusion and equity, they can better support their staff and provide more representative, impactful journalism to the communities they serve. We'll discuss tactics and strategies for building diverse teams, where decision-making power is transparent and there are clear career and leadership pathways for journalists of color and other marginalized journalists.

Speaker Bios

  • Julia B. Chan leads editorial and engagement initiatives as the Director of Audience at Mother Jones. She was previously the Digital Editor at Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting where she managed content strategy, story production and audience engagement for its radio show/podcast and long-form investigations. Julia serves on AAJA’s national board and founded Journalists of Color, a global community of digitally savvy and diverse journalists. @juliachanb

  • Cheryl W. Thompson is IRE board president and an investigative correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR in January, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post. Her investigations include local political corruption, cops killed by guns, witnesses killed for cooperating with police, people who died after being Tasered by police, and the unsolved murders of six black girls nearly 50 years ago. Her awards include a shared Pulitzer, an Emmy, IRE and two NABJ awards. 

  • Francisco Vara-Orta is a training director at the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. He brings nearly 20 years of newsroom experience, published by a variety of news organizations, including Chalkbeat, Education Week, the San Antonio Express-News, Austin Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He earned a master’s degree in investigative/data journalism at Mizzou & a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

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