Journalists of color in the newsroom meetup

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Caroline Chen of ProPublica; Monica Rhor of Houston Chronicle; Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR; Disha Raychaudhuri of NJ Advance Media; Kendra Pierre-Louis of The New York Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 12:45pm
  • Location: Montgomery
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The data speaks for itself — newsrooms have lost more journalists of color and we are back to 1989 levels. While percentage-wise JoCs have made some gains, journalists of color only make up an estimated 17 percent of most U.S. newsrooms. Why is that? How are you bucking those trends? IRE will provide a forum for journalists of color to come together for community building to talk about their successes and challenges in navigating the field. Join us in a more relaxed setting to recharge amid the bustle of conferencing. Lunch will be provided by the Knight Foundation.

To create an open forum for frank discussions, all meetup sessions are off the record. 

This session is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Caroline Chen covers health care for ProPublica. @CarolineYLChen

  • Kendra Pierre-Louis is a reporter with The New York Times on the Climate Desk, where she writes about climate change. Before joining the Times, Ms. Pierre-Louis was an environment reporter with Popular Science.  She is also the author of Green Washed: Why We Can't Buy Our Way to a Green Planet. Ms. Pierre-Louis is in a long-standing feud with mayonnaise and those who insist on its widespread application.
  • Disha Raychaudhuri is a reporter on the data and investigations team at NJ Advance Media. Prior to joining NJ Advance Media, she was a reporter in India and Bangladesh, where she covered education and produced oral history projects. Follow her on Twitter @Disha_RC.

  • Monica Rhor is an editorial writer/columnist and member of the Houston Chronicle's editorial board. She also has been a staff writer for USA TODAY, Associated Press, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and Orange County Register. Monica, who was born in Ecuador and raised in New Jersey, has taught high school journalism and English and served as lead on the National Association of Hispanic Journalists student project, @monicarhor

  • 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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