On Sunday, December 9th, the Center for Public Interest Journalism convened a conversation at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church to discuss local news coverage of issues that affect African American communities in Philadelphia. The group included several members of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, which helped organize the event, members of Mother Bethel, and a handful of local journalists and community activists. Temple journalism professor George Miller moderated the discussion.
Watch this 5-minute video package produced by Temple graduate student Gino Canella:
The Center, with the help of local journalists’ associations, has commenced a series of conversations on news coverage of diverse communities in Philadelphia, of which Sunday’s event at Mother Bethel was the second part. The first event was held at the Asian Arts Initiative in October. Participants discussed a wide range of issues, from the common lack of diversity in newsrooms to the physical descriptions of black men in news reports. We look at the event as the beginning of what we hope is a much larger ongoing discussion about how news organizations can best serve all Philadelphians.
View a full record of the event below:
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