NAB to host A.I.R. event March 14

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 03/08/2017

Draft A.I.R. Event Plan

Updated 03/02/17

  • Newseum, Washington, DC
  • March 14th
    • 9am - Continental breakfast (will be House & Senate ethics compliant)
    • 9:30am - Program begins
    • 11:45am - Program ends
  • Objective of the event: Announce the toolkit and why it matters.
    • A voluntary initiative
    • Guidelines/Recommendations

Awareness in Reporting Program 

9:30am  - 10am – Welcome Remarks

  • Senator Gordon Smith, President & CEO, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Charles Warfield, Immediate Past Joint Board Chair, National Association of Broadcasters

10am – 11am

Awareness in Reporting: Lessons Learned from Reporting on the Frontlines

The number of police-involved shootings, immigration reform protests and other race-related events has increased in recent years. Local TV and radio stations have unique relationships with their communities, and their reporters are often on the frontlines as first informers, reporting on these stories as they unfold. How do local newsrooms prepare for unrest in the community? What precautions do reporters take when reporting in crisis situations? How do strong community relationships benefit local news stations and reporters? How does social media influence real-time reporting? Join us for a discussion about guidelines and recommendations developed by the broadcast industry to assist news managers, reporters, producers, photojournalists and broadcast corporate offices for covering racially-sensitive situations.    

Moderator: Invitation Pending 


  • Janice Gin, Assistant News Director, KRON, San Francisco, CA
  • Dave Kurpius, Professor & Dean, University of Missouri, School of Journalism
  • Robert Garcia, Executive Producer, NPR Newscast Division
  • Delia Goncalves, Reporter, WUSA9, Washington, DC 

11:05am – 11:35am

Conversation with Community Leaders – Chief David Brown and Reverend Kenny Irby 

In situations of community unrest, local leaders play an important role in conveying information to the public. Local reporters and newsrooms rely on these leaders for up-to-the-minute information as breaking news stories occur. Join us for a conversation with two leaders who have led their communities through crisis situations. Hear how their experiences shape their relationship with local newsrooms and reporters, how social media affects information flow and what media protocols they use as situations are unfolding. 

Moderator: Jan Johnson, correspondent and news editor,Westwood One


  • Chief David Brown, ABC News contributor and retired Dallas police chief
  • Reverend Kenny Irby, community intervention director, St. Petersburg Police Department

11:35am – 11:45am - Next Steps/Final Remarks

  • Chris Ornelas, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Broadcasters and
  • Marcellus Alexander, Executive Vice President, Television, National Association of Broadcasters, & President, NAB Education Foundation