Colorado Media Project is hosting this three-day convening with something for everyone - come learn with us, as we reconnect, reimagine and rebuild Colorado’s public square!

Whether you’re a Colorado journalist, a student or faculty member, a librarian or teacher, an advocate or business leader, a funder or community member or civic leader—we invite you to join us for a unique convening designed to inspire your sense of what’s possible for the future our local civic news and engagement in our democracy, hosted by the Colorado Media Project and sponsored by the Colorado Trust.

  • Thursday (Sept. 15) sessions will spotlight and build on work supported by 25 new grants CMP announced in January totaling nearly $1 million to support Colorado newsrooms, journalists, and media entrepreneurs to strengthen coverage of and service to Colorado’s diverse communities of color, as well as rural and low-income residents. We’ll end the day with working group meetings, to advance ongoing projects and conversations.
  • Friday (Sept. 16) morning we’ll share new data from the 2022 Colorado News Audience Survey, and offer hands-on workshops for reporting on inequities, and raising awareness of and support for local journalism. At lunch we’ll be treated to a keynote address from Maria Hinojosa, whose 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and Anchor and Executive Producer of her Peabody Award-winning show, Latino USA. We’ll also be joined by Colorado Press Association for a day of joint programming — including a learning track designed especially for media outlets that serve diverse communities.
Directions to the Lowry Campus Conference Center
From I-70, take the Quebec Exit. Go south to Lowry Blvd. Turn left and go through two roundabouts. Turn left at the third roundabout onto Yosemite St. Turn right at Severn Place. Turn left at Akron Way going north. The Conference Center is located at 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230.

From I-225, take the 6th Avenue Exit going west. Sixth Ave. turns into Lowry Blvd at Dayton St. Go one block west to Alton Way and turn right. Turn left on Severn Place and go 1 block and turn left to continue onto Severn Place. Take a quick left to Akron Way going north. The Conference Center is located at 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230.

From Downtown Denver: take Colefax Ave. east towards Aurora, and turn right on Yosemite Street. Follow Yosemite for 0.7 miles, crossing E. 11th Ave, and turn left on to Akron Way. The Conference Center will be on your right, at 1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230.

We are thrilled to be sharing a venue and collaborating with the Colorado Press Association for their 2022 Annual Conference (which takes place Sept. 15-17 also at Lowry Conference Center in Aurora). Please note that separate registration for the CPA Conference is required; more information is here: https://coloradopressassociation.com/convention/

Questions? Please contact Sam Moody, CMP Learning and Grants Manager, at sam@coloradomediaproject.com.
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Thursday, September 15 • 9:15am - 10:30am
How COVID-19 Coverage Impacted Discrimination Towards Asian Communities

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In this session, Asian American journalists will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 media coverage on Asian communities. Images of Asians used by media in COVID-19 stories perpetuated the narrative that Asians were to be blamed for the virus. This contributed to the increased discrimination and racism targeting this racial group. Additionally, division between Asian and Black communities worsened due to the media's images of Black perpetrators attacking Asian people. What role and responsibility do media have to ensure their stories don't cause harm or misrepresent marginalized communities?

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Gil Asakawa

Journalist, author, NikkeiView.com
Gil Asakawa (he/him/his) is a journalist, author, blogger and public speaker who focuses on diversity issues in the media, especially on Asian and Asian American identity and issues. His latest book, "Tabemasho! Let's Eat! The Tasty History of Japanese Food in America," was published... Read More →
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Annie VanDan

President, Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network
Annie Guo VanDan (she/her) is the Executive Director of Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network, where she works to create equitable spaces and opportunities for Asian American Pacific Islanders. She previously worked at Change Matrix and the Colorado Department of Public Health... Read More →
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Joie Ha

Founder, CORE: Community Organizing for Radical Empathy
As the daughter of refugees, Joie Ha (she/her/hers) has always endeavored to do more good for more people. She has been an activist and organizer for minority communities in Colorado for over 10 years. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Development Practice with a focus... Read More →
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Tamara Chuang

Reporter, The Colorado Sun
Tamara Chuang (she/her) reports on the Colorado economy, technology and whatever business news comes her way for The Colorado Sun. She previously covered technology news for The Denver Post and The Orange County Register. In 2018, she joined nine other journalists to launch The Colorado... Read More →
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Vignesh Ramachandran, Washington Post

Co-Founder/Editor, Red, White and Brown Media
Vignesh Ramachandran (he/him) is a member of the AAPI Voices working group and participated in the South Asian-focused session. He is a Denver-based journalist reporting on race, culture and politics currently working as a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post. He is also co-founder... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MDT
LCC 200B Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

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