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Friday, August 15 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
MediaWatch: How to effectively respond to unbalanced news coverage

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Asian American groups were rightfully dismayed when the Detroit News published a problematic column earlier this year revisiting the Vincent Chin murder case and its role in igniting social justice awareness within our communities. AAJA’s MediaWatch committee pressed the News to acknowledge the flawed journalism that contributed to the column’s dismissive tone. For many years, MediaWatch has advocated fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This session will look at the committee’s work in the past year. But more important, this workshop will help attendees become better watchdogs themselves and teach people how to draft public statements and engage newsrooms in constructive dialogue when our communities are misrepresented.

Moderators
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Rahul Bali

Radio and TV Journalist
@rahulbali | Rahul Bali is a radio and TV journalist based in Atlanta. Rahul is also the coordinator of AAJA's Asian American Radio Group. His extensive broadcast resume includes working as a reporter, producer and editor at a number of radio and television operations including CNN Radio, WSB Radio, WTOP Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting. Rahul is a graduate of AAJA's Executive Leadership Program and has served as president of the Atlanta... Read More →

Speakers
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Bobby Caina Calvan

Lead Reporter, The Heartland Project
(@bobbycalvan) Bobby Caina Calvan is chair of AAJA’s MediaWatch committee and lead reporter for The Heartland Project, a Nebraska-based reporting fellowship funded by the Ford Foundation to promote coverage of communities of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. He previously worked for The Boston Globe and The Sacramento Bee. He was AAJA’s 2012 Member of the Year.
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Abe Kwok

Editor, AZcentral.com
(@abekwok) Abe Kwok’s day job is with azcentral.com/The Arizona Republic, where he beats the hired help on the homepage team. He also moonlights every other semester or so at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. He is on his second — third? — stint with AAJA’s MediaWatch committee, and a longtime representative on the AAJA National Advisory Board.
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Doris Truong

Homepage Editor, The Washington Post
(@DorisTruong) Doris Truong is a homepage editor at The Washington Post, where she co-chairs the newsroom Diversity Committee. Before moving to the digital side, she was a longtime multiplatform editor for The Post and a copy editor at The Dallas Morning News. Wayne State chose her for its Spirit of Diversity award in 2014. She was the 2011-2012 AAJA national president.


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room 12, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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