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The Ford Foundation hosts a critical conversation

on media’s coverage and employment of people of color

Represent: Forging a New Future For Journalism and Media Diversity

Watch the live-stream at – Tonight – Monday, March 5, 6:30-8 p.m.

Bevy Smith Breaks Down Why TV Is More Welcoming Than Film To People of Color

Source: NewsOne Screenshots / NewsOne

In 1968, after a series of civil disturbances roiled cities across the nation, the Kerner Commission Report called out the news industry’s failings in integrating and reporting on communities of color as part of the cause of the widespread urban unrest.  Since then, advocates have used the report’s findings to push for increased diversity in newsrooms—and have seen some important progress.

Yet America’s diversity still isn’t reflected among the journalists who do the essential reporting—from small towns and big cities, on local issues and national crises—that we rely on. In this time of great challenges to the press, democracy and the very idea of truth, how can we reinvigorate efforts to integrate newsrooms and advance indispensable journalism?

To tackle this question, the Ford Foundation is organizing an evening of conversations on the topic, which it is calling “Represent: Forging a New Future for Journalism and Media Diversity” and featuring journalists and media authorities both local and national, including Farai Chideya, Jelani Cobb, Jon Funabiki, Martina Guzmán, Jenny Lee, Ed Lewis, Marie Nelson, Bill Plante, Richard Prince, Kevin Ryan,  Jerome Vaughn and Ford Foundation CEO Darren Walker.

There will also be performances by Kisma Jordan, Jessica Care Moore and Sphinx.

The event will be live-streamed at on Monday, March 5, from 6:30-8 p.m.

You can also Represent. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #RepresentMEdia 

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