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"Stories from the Four Corners: Empowering the Southwestern Perspective" - April 29

April 29th, 2016 All Day


8:30 AM - 9:15 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast (First Amendment Forum - second floor) 

Russell Contreras, UNITY Board President; Jason Begay, NAJA Board President, Christopher Callahan, Founding Dean, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, Event Chair, Freelance Journalist, Moderator 

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks (Cronkite Theater) 

AM Keynote: Richard de Uriarte, Faculty Associate, History Principles and Ethics of Journalism ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications 

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM – Break 

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM - Session 1 Breakouts 

Workshop #1 - Community Outreach Panel Below the "Diversity" Surface: Bridging Relationships and Building Sources" - Lloyd Asato, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Community in Action; Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Pastor, First Institutional Baptist Church; Raquel Terán, Arizona State Director, One Arizona; and Venita Hawthorne James, ASU Director of Cronkite News, Moderator (Cronkite Theater) 

Description: The southwest has diverse communities and including all of them in stories on various issues can be challenging. This session will offer a candid discussion by community leaders about understanding the issues that most affect each ethnic group. Learn how to build trusting relationships with communities and develop sources. 

Workshop #2 - "Business Startup Panel – The Power of Startups: Starting Your Own Media Company" - DeShuna Spencer, CEO kweli TV, EmpowerMagazine.com, Radio Host, 89.3 FM WPFW; Eric Ortiz, CEO evrybit; Hector Rodriguez, Author, Rio Bravo Comics; and CJ Cornell, Managing Director at Propel Ventures, Moderator (Executive Board Room - Rm. 444) 

Description: Startups are changing the way media is created and consumed amid a changing landscape. Learn about these entrepreneurs are putting their ideas in action and how they are promoting their plan. 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Luncheon & Keynote Forum “The Other Arizona: Stories We Are Missing" - Lloyd Asato, Executive Director, Asian Pacific in Action; Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Youngberg, Pastor, Rebel & Divine UCC; Tom Arviso Jr, Publisher, The Navajo Times, CEO, Navajo Times Publishing Company; and Patty Talahongva, Freelance Journalist, Moderator (First Amendment Forum) 

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM - Break 

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM - Session 2 Breakouts 

Workshop #3 - "Education Panel – Hope or Heartbreak: The Future of Education?" - David Garcia, Associate Professor, ASU Fulton School Teachers College; Alia Beard Rau, State Budget and Legislative Reporter, AZ Republic; and Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and Dr. Rufus Glasper, President, League for Innovation in the Community College, Moderator (Rm. 256) 

Description: This session will highlight best practices in effectively reporting the complexities of the education beat. Learn about how current budget shortfalls, political issues, and social trends affect marginalized communities and shape the future of education. Also, learn how data can create stories! 

Workshop #4 - “The Native American/Latino Vote – Potential 2016 Swing Blocs" - Felicia Fonseca, Flagstaff Correspondence, Associated Press; Chris Ramirez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Enterprise Reporter/Business; and Russell Contreras, UNITY Board President, Associated Press, Reporter, Moderator (Executive Board Room - Rm. 444) 

Description: The 2016 US presidential election comes after a multiethnic, diverse coalition elected the nation's first black president. Each voting bloc has pressing concerns from police shootings to school reform to voting and water rights. What should journalists and community members be expecting in the 2016 election? 

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM – Break 

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM - Session 3 Breakouts 

Workshop #5 - “Immigration Panel – 2016 and Beyond: Immigration Fight or Flight "- Astrid Galvan, Tucson Correspondence, Associated Press; Nigel Duara, Phoenix Correspondence, L.A. Times, Jude Joffe-Block, Senior Field 

Correspondent, KJZZ Public Radio; and Valeria Fernández, Contributing Journalist, Arizona Center for Investigative Journalism; and Suzanne Gamboa, Senior Writer/Latino Section, NBC News.com, Moderator (Rm. 256) 

Description: Immigration remains a polarizing topic in the American Southwest, especially in Arizona and especially in a presidential election year. But beyond the shouting and the policy fights are real struggles involving real people. Panelists will discuss how immigrants are reshaping communities and our political environment. 

Workshop #6 - "Law Enforcement Panel – A Balancing Act: Media and Law Enforcement Relations in Race and Cultural Reporting.” - Lt. Michael Pooley, Tempe Police; Debra Utacia Krol, Senior Communications Manager, Heard Museum; Ed Alameda, Detective, Public Information Officer, Salt River Pima Indian Reservation; and JJ Hensley, Maricopa County Sheriff and Public Safety Reporter, Arizona Republic, Moderator (Executive Board Room - Rm. 444) 

Description: This panel of law enforcement and seasoned crime beat reporters discuss closing the gap between media and police. The group will delve into how journalism plays a role in how covering crime and police also affects other social issues. And how we can all be responsive and responsible in the need for race and cultural reporting. 

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Break 

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM - Closing Session – "Four Corners: Facing History and Building Futures" (First Amendment Forum) 

Russell Contreras, UNITY Board President; and Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, Event Chair, Freelance Journalist, Moderator 

PM Keynote: Cynthia Zwick, Executive Director, Arizona Community Action Association