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Friday, August 15 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Race and the midterm elections

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The midterm elections are in full swing, and the jockeying is already underway for the 2016 presidential election. How will the issue of race play out in the elections – not only in the campaign for votes, but also in how the press corps covers the race for Congress and The White House? We'll discuss what the media did well and why it failed in other areas, particularly in covering issues important to communities of color. How are communities of color being engaged in the process?


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.

Christine Chen

Executive Director, AAPI Vote
Christine Chen is the executive director of APIAVote, a national nonpartisan group that works to engage communities in electoral and civic participation. She is also president of Strategic Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition building, institutional development and partnerships. Newsweek in 2001 named her one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century.

William Douglas

Congressional Correspondent, McClatchy
(@williamgdouglas) William Douglas covers Congress and the presidential election campaign for McClatchy Newspapers. He previously worked for Newsday in New York City and Washington. He’s covered New York City public schools, the state’s colleges and universities, the Newt Gingrich-led Republican revolution in Congress, President Clinton’s second term, foreign affairs and the war with Iraq from the Pentagon.

David Nakamura

Staff Writer, The Washington Post
(@DavidNakamura) David Nakamura started at The Washington Post as an intern. After four years as a sports reporter, he moved to the local news staff and wrote about education in Virginia and Maryland, and city government in Washington, D.C. He was part of a team that uncovered lead contamination in Washington’s tap water, a series that won a Selden Ring Award.

Friday August 15, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 5, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

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