In the past year, the images of unrest have been unending. One after another, we have watched protests against discrimination in law enforcement, government and beyond, and in many ways, it feels as if we abruptly have been transported decades back in time, to a place where little has advanced. Racially-charged demonstrations recently have received bountiful coverage by the press--but often this reporting strikes media watchers as problematic. That conversation has been reignited yet again recently with respect to how media have covered unrest in Baltimore and how growing up there as a young person of color can be anything but Rockwellian. Have the words we journalists have used hurt or helped places like Baltimore and Ferguson?
We’re happy to announce that this Tuesday’s discussion will be led by Austin Cross, an LA-based journalist and producer who has worked with CBS Los Angeles, KPCC and Marketplace. Cross specializes in curating discussions on diversity with an eye on changing communities and social dynamics. Got a related question for him? Email or tweet me by the end of the day Monday and we’ll incorporate it into our chat on race reporting. Also, be sure to spread the word and invite your friends and followers by clicking here! Then mark your calendars and set your alarms so you can join us for an hour on Tuesday, May 12, at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST.