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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.

HOW AND WHAT WILL WE LEARN? CONVENING OVERVIEW
  • 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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Wednesday, September 14
 

5:00pm MDT

Cocktail Reception
Colorado Media Project invites you to join us for an informal kickoff and preview of the Advancing Equity in Local News convening, sponsored by The Colorado Trust. Meet speakers and guests arriving early from out-of-town, tour the Colorado News Collaborative Newsroom at the Buell Public Media Center, and connect with CMP grantees from across Colorado.

Wednesday September 14, 2022 5:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Buell Public Media Center Buell Public Media Center 2101 Arapahoe St Denver, CO 80205
 
Thursday, September 15
 

7:30am MDT

Breakfast and Networking
Thursday September 15, 2022 7:30am - 8:00am MDT
LCC 100 A-C Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

8:00am MDT

Opening Plenary: Welcome to Aurora
Aurora is Colorado's most diverse city, with a rich cultural landscape that is home to immigrant communities from around the globe. Local media plays an important part in the social fabric and information ecosystem of Aurora, especially for non-English speakers. What can Aurora's newsroom leaders teach us about covering and connecting with diverse communities? What roles do ethnic media play within their respective communities, especially during times of crisis? How do they build trust and serve their communities? Where do they see opportunities to partner with other journalists and nonprofits - both to uncover and illuminate inequities, and also to uplift and inspire?

Speakers
avatar for Vera Idam

Vera Idam

CEO/ Publisher/ Executive Editor, Afrik Digest
Vera Azuka Osuokwu-Idam is the publisher of Afrik Digest, an ethnic news media based in Colorado. She has a passion for any initiatives that promote peace and encourage unity among communities. As a woman entrepreneur, she enjoys participating in efforts that empower and uplift women... Read More →
avatar for Annie VanDan

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 →
avatar for Dave Perry

Dave Perry

Editor, Aurora Sentinel
Dave Perry (he/him) is editor and publisher of Sentinel Colorado, a digital daily and print weekly newspaper covering the greater Aurora region. He has been with the Sentinel for almost 30 years. In the 35 years he’s been a journalist, Perry has also written or been a staffer for... Read More →
avatar for Diana Higuera

Diana Higuera

Executive Director & Founder, Rocky Mountain Welcome Center
Diana Higuera (she/her) is the Executive Director and founder of the Rocky Mountain Welcome Center, a not-for-profit organization working with immigrants and refugees. Diana was born in Venezuela and emigrated to the United States in 2005. Fluent in Spanish, English, German and Italian... Read More →
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Jesus Luis Sanchez

Editor, El Comercio de Colorado
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Ricardo Gambetta

Manager, Office of International and Immigrant Affairs, City of Aurora
Ricardo (he/him) is a dynamic and results oriented professional with proven leadership and policy experiences in municipal, state and the federal government. As a naturalized citizen himself, immigrant integration and international relations are Ricardo's passions. He has a strong... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 8:00am - 9:10am MDT
LCC 100 A-C Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

9:15am MDT

Community News Bureaus: Students on the Beat in Pueblo
In recent years, Pueblo - like most Colorado cities - has seen a significant decline in the number of local reporers covering local issues. Learn how CSU Pueblo and the Pueblo Star Journal are establishing a student-led community news bureau and reporting project, and building relationships with local communities to fill news gaps.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Whitaker

Danielle Whitaker

Editor in Chief, SoCaP Media and Entertainment
Danielle Whitaker (she/her/hers) is a student pursuing a degree in media communications and a minor in English at Colorado State University Pueblo. She has been heavily active in content creation for various websites, blogs and social media accounts, including Parker Dewey, The Path... Read More →
avatar for Cassime Joseph

Cassime Joseph

Operation and Outreach, SOCO Creative
Cassime Oliver Joseph (he/him) is a military veteran and Multimedia Journalist currently living in Pueblo, Colorado. He was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He studied at the Institute of Audio Research, an educational institution in New York City. Joseph focuses on photojournalism... Read More →
avatar for Brenden Vigil

Brenden Vigil

Graphic Design Director, The Today
Brenden Vigil (he/him) is a strategic communicator and designer, currently living in Pueblo, Colorado. His focus areas as a designer are brand identity, typography, photography, motion graphics, illustrations and graphic design. As a Strategic Communicator and Designer, Brenden has... Read More →
avatar for Hailee Langowski

Hailee Langowski

Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Lifestyle Editor, CSU Pueblo Media & Entertainment
Hailee Langowski (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year student majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in women's studies and sociology. She is a reporter and works for CSU Pueblo University's newspaper, The Today, as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager and Lifestyle Editor. She... Read More →
avatar for Jon  Pluskota

Jon Pluskota

Chair & Associate Professor, Colorado State University Pueblo
Sound. Audio. Music. Chicago Cubs.


Thursday September 15, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MDT
LCC 104 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

9:15am MDT

How COVID-19 Coverage Impacted Discrimination Towards Asian Communities
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?

Speakers
avatar for Gil Asakawa

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 →
avatar for Annie VanDan

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 →
avatar for Joie Ha

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 →
avatar for Tamara Chuang

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 →
avatar for Vignesh Ramachandran, Washington Post

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

9:15am MDT

Native Lens/Native Voices: Covering Indigenous Issues
From water rights to public education to healthcare access, Colorado's Indigenous residents and tribal communities often have unique perspectives on the state's most critical issues. How are Indigenous perspectives being lifted and represented in today's local media? In this session we'll hear about new and recent reporting and storytelling projects in Southwest Colorado, a national collaboration led by the Institute for Nonprofit News, and deep dive into the opportunities, challenges, and ideas emerging from Native and Indigenous residents across Colorado participating in a COLab working group.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Graham

Tami Graham

Executive Director, KSUT Public Radio
Tami is the Executive Director of KSUT Public Radio. She is a fifth-generation Coloradoan and has lived in Southwest Colorado since 1984. KSUT recently expanded their newsroom to include two full-time reporters and a part-time editor. Additionally, KSUT hired a Tribal Media Center... Read More →
avatar for Dianna Hunt

Dianna Hunt

Senior Editor, Indian Country Today
Dianna Hunt (she/her), a senior editor at ICT, formerly known as Indian Country Today, is a longtime editor and investigative reporter at news organizations large and small. As metro editor of the Houston Chronicle, she directed and edited the Pulitzer Prize-finalist breaking news... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Wolf

Jennifer Wolf

Founder, Project Mosaic LLC
Jennifer Wolf (she/her) is a member of the Native Voices working group. She is the Owner and Founder of Project Mosaic, a group of Native American consultants and experts, and is on the Racial Equity Board for the City and County of Denver... Read More →
avatar for Tara McLain Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey

Owner and Principal, Returning Light Consulting, LLC
Tara McLain Manthey (she/her) is a nonprofit leader and consultant with diverse experiences in public policy and direct services. In previous roles, Tara served as the Executive Director of Denver Indian Family Resource Center and as Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Communications... Read More →
avatar for Renee Hutchens

Renee Hutchens

Journalist, Communications Strategist, Freelance/Consultant
Renee (she/her), Diné (Navajo), is a journalist, filmmaker, communications strategist, and consultant dedicated to activating narrative change and advancing justice, equity, and self-determination for Indigenous peoples and the planet. She previously worked at the Centers for Disease... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MDT
LCC 100A-C Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

9:15am MDT

Reaching Latinx Audiences: Lessons from the Roaring Fork Valley
One in five residents of the Roaring Fork Valley — a central Colorado mountain region that includes communities from Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale, to Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Silt — identifies as Latino or Hispanic. Over a dozen news outlets serve the area — but huge gaps in access to information persist for Spanish speakers, in an area that has among the state’s highest number of English language learners in schools. In this panel discussion, we'll hear how newsrooms and community groups are working to bridge information gaps in the Roaring Fork Valley, starting with new data from a 2022 survey to understand the Latino community’s perspective on local news coverage, what’s missing, and what they would like to see more of moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Pripusich, PhD

Jim Pripusich, PhD

Director, Corona Insights
Jim Pripusich (he/him/his) uses research to guide decision makers toward making more significant social impact. As a Director at Corona Insights, Jim works with a myriad of public sector and nonprofit clients in Colorado and beyond. A political scientist by training, he has expertise... Read More →
avatar for Maria Cuevas

Maria Cuevas

Associate, Corona Insights
Maria (she/her) is an associate at Corona Insights. At Corona, Maria uses her Spanish language proficiency to help organizations reach a wider audience and higher level of community engagement through both qualitative and quantitative research. Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree... Read More →
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Yesenia Silva Estrada

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Colorado Mountain College
Yesenia Silva-Estrada (ella/she/hers) was born in rural Chihuahua, Mexico as a daughter and granddaughter of indigenous (Tarahumara raramuri) farm and agriculture workers. At the age of six, her parents moved to the United States, specifically to rural Western Colorado. She is the... Read More →
avatar for Samuel Bernal

Samuel Bernal

Vice President IMS, Entravision Communications
Samuel Bernal (he/him/his), Vice President of Integrated Marketing Services at Entravision Communications, is an award-winning content creator. He grew up in Mexico City, also working as a journalist and now oversees KPVW, a Spanish speaking radio station in the Roaring Fork Valley... Read More →
avatar for Todd Chamberlin

Todd Chamberlin

Executive Director, Sopris Sun
Todd (he/him/his) is a Colorado native and has a degree in Environmental Conservation from University of Colorado, Boulder. He started his writing career as an outdoor writer for Digital City Denver/AOL and the Denver Post. He went on to develop his own website focusing on Colorado... Read More →
avatar for Laura Frank

Laura Frank

Executive Director, Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)
Laura Frank (she/her) is the executive director of the Colorado News Collaborative (COLab), the nonprofit working with more than 170 news outlets and their communities across Colorado to give every Coloradan access to strong local news. COLab supports collaborative journalism, authentic... Read More →
avatar for Megan Tackett

Megan Tackett

Editor-in-Chief, Aspen Daily News
Megan Tackett (she/her) is the editor-in-chief of the Aspen Daily News, where she started as a courts and crime reporter in 2019. It was a good fit, as she's always not-so-secretly wanted to go to law school but still can't justify the debt to inevitably work pro bono. Then, in March... Read More →
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Peter Baumann

Post Independent
avatar for Silvia Solis

Silvia Solis

Community Engagement Director, Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)
Silvia (she/her/ella) has worked as a bilingual journalist and communications strategist and has led community engagement projects at local and state levels in Colorado through which she has had the opportunity to engage in partnership and conversation with diverse communities. She... Read More →
avatar for Zabdi Fuentes

Zabdi Fuentes

Community Liaison, Colorado News Collaborative
Zabdi (She/her/hers) was born in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. When she was only 15 months old, Zabdi’s family moved to the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado, where she has lived ever since. Zabdi graduated high school from Glenwood Springs High and has a Bachelor’s... Read More →


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

10:45am MDT

Mapping the Colorado News Ecosystem: Gaps, Inequities and Opportunities
Where do local communities get their news? Are Colorado news deserts expanding or shrinking - where, and for whom? Which non-traditional news sources are filling information gaps - Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups, TikTok accounts, subreddits - and in many cases, eclipsing the audiences of local journalism? Join Corey Hutchins to learn about the Colorado News Mapping Project, and meet some of these local news pioneers and disrupters from across Colorado.

Speakers
avatar for Corey Hutchins

Corey Hutchins

Journalist and Educator, Colorado College / "Inside the News in Colorado"
Corey Hutchins is the interim director of Colorado College's Journalism Institute and the author of the weekly newsletter "Inside the News in Colorado," which is underwritten by the Colorado Media Project where he also writes case studies. His reporting on the local media industry... Read More →
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Jason Van Tatenhove

Colorado Switchblade
avatar for Kwon Atlas

Kwon Atlas

Five Points Atlas
Kwon Atlas is a Denver city council candidate and former Senior Advisor on Community-Based Initiatives and Special Projects in the Office of the Mayor of Denver, Michael B. Hancock, and is the Vice President of the Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan Denver Chapter. Atlas... Read More →
avatar for Sierra Romero

Sierra Romero

Communications Coordinator, John’s Hopkins University - The Center for Social Concern
Sierra Romero (she/her) is a recent graduate from Colorado College, where she studied Political Science and Journalism. She just began a job as a Communications Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern office. She is originally from Denver, Colorado
avatar for Esteban Fernandez

Esteban Fernandez

Freelance Photojournalist, Ms. Mayhem
Esteban Fernandez is a freelance photojournalist, and was previously a writer, editor and photographer at Ms. Mayhem. He was co-producer on Casting Forward, a short form documentary project that explored how women navigated the male dominated world of fly fishing, and has covered... Read More →
avatar for Mina Leibert

Mina Leibert

Director of Community Impact, Pikes Peak Community Foundation
Mina joined the Pikes Peak Community Foundation in 2019 and oversees community engagement efforts for grantmaking and community leadership activities supporting The Philanthropy Collective – a consortium of philanthropic organizations and individuals dedicated to addressing the... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
LCC 200A Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

10:45am MDT

Passing the Mic: New Storytellers and Forms of Storytelling
As local news gaps widen, more non-journalists are stepping in and stepping up to create content that enlightens and informs Colorado residents. Some of the best are from historically marginalized communities, and these path-leading storytellers are bringing fresh perspectives that demand our attention. How can newsrooms help amplify these voices, not only through "coverage" but through authentic partnership and curation? What are the mutual benefits - and caveats - of doing so?

Speakers
avatar for Kate Perdoni

Kate Perdoni

Filmmaker and Multimedia Journalist, Rocky Mountain PBS
Kate Perdoni is a multimedia journalist and producer of regional history and cultural documentaries, and has worked on episodic productions with Rocky Mountain PBS since 2014 as a host, producer, director, videographer, writer, and editor. Kate was named a 2017 Colorado Springs Business... Read More →
avatar for Ann Marie Awad

Ann Marie Awad

Producer, House of Pod
Ann Marie Awad (they/she) is a journalist and independent podcast creator based at House of Pod in Denver. Awad has contributed to podcasts like Call & Response, Dish City, and City Cast Denver. In partnership with Colorado Public Radio, Awad produced and hosted On Something: an award-winning... Read More →
avatar for ​Ryan Conarro

​Ryan Conarro

General Manager & Program Director, Inside Wire: Colorado Prison Radio
Ryan Conarro (he/him) is the General Manager & Program Director for Inside Wire: Colorado Prison Radio, a program of the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative. He's a 2022 LEDE Fellow with Solutions Journalism Network. Ryan is a media producer and interdisciplinary artist who... Read More →
avatar for Cat Jaffee

Cat Jaffee

Founder, House of Pod
Catherine (Cat) Jaffee (she/her/they/them) is an audio producer, a writer, and the founder of House of Pod, an award-winning audio company, producing stories at the crossroads of social justice and science. In 2019, Cat was awarded a National Geographic Explorer and Storytelling grant... Read More →
avatar for Kristan Uhlenbrock

Kristan Uhlenbrock

Director, Institute for Science & Policy @ the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Kristan Uhlenbrock (she/her) is a communicator, convener, and science and policy expert. At the Institute for Science & Policy, she strives to be a catalyst for thoughtful dialogue and scientific engagement in the policy landscape. Her career has spanned from Washington, DC to Colorado... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
LCC 200B Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

10:45am MDT

Transparency, Democracy, and Civic Engagement: How Observers and Documenters are Igniting Community Participation
Independent, nonpartisan coverage of public meetings is an important part of local newsgathering that underpins government transparency and civic engagement. But with fewer reporters now covering city hall and county commissions, local school and water boards, and other civic bodies, those decisions are too often made with no one watching. In this session, we'll hear about two projects pushing back - with citizen-powered, independent, nonpartisan coverage of public meetings. City Bureau's Documenters program was recently awarded a $10 million Stronger Democracy Award, and the League of Women Voters of Larimer County is preparing to scale up its Observer Corps program in partnership with Open Media Foundation, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, CSU's Center for Public Deliberation, and local news outlets in Northern Colorado.

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Koetting

Sonia Koetting

Volunteer Leader, League of Women Voters of Larimer County
Sonia (she/her) graduated from Colorado State's school of Technical Journalism and her career includes roles at several small Colorado newspapers. She also hosted a monthly radio show about community issues on KRFC Radio Fort Collins. Her civic impulse has led to active roles as a... Read More →
avatar for Tony Shawcross

Tony Shawcross

Founder and Executive Director, Open Media Foundation
Tony (he/him) is the founder and Executive Director of the Open Media Foundation and helped launch multiple TV and Radio stations in Denver. Today, Open Media helps dozens of state and local government entities stream and archive their meetings and supports over 50 nonprofits expand... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Milios Davis

Melissa Milios Davis

Vice President – Strategic Communications & Informed Communities, Gates Family Foundation
Melissa (she/her) joined the Gates Family Foundation in May 2017. Her primary role is to bring greater visibility to the work of the Foundation’s grantees and partners, to facilitate knowledge sharing, and to amplify the quality of life issues and ideas of greatest concern to the... Read More →
avatar for Max Resnik

Max Resnik

Documenters Network Manager, City Bureau
As the Documenters Network Manager at City Bureau, Max (he/him) works with civic and media organizations across the country to equip community members to document and amplify critical local information from public meetings. Previously, Max worked for the News Product Alliance and... Read More →
avatar for Martin Carcasson

Martin Carcasson

Director, CSU Center for Public Deliberation
Martín Carcasson, Ph.D. (he/his), is a professor in the Communication Studies department of Colorado State University, the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD), and a faculty member for CSU’s newly minted Masters in Public Policy and Administration... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MDT
LCC 100A-C Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

12:00pm MDT

Lunch Keynote: The Time is Now: Reports and Recommendations from the Voices Initiative
In early 2021, Coloradans from across backgrounds, generations, regions and professions began meeting to tackle a series of questions: What would it take to ensure that local news coverage reflects, respects and reaches out to the state’s communities of color? What actions must newsrooms, community members and funders take to create a future in which communities of color share and shape the power of local news media? Our lunch keynote features members of the Black, Latinx, Asian-American and Pacific Islander, and Native and Indigenous Voices Intiative Working Groups to spotlight their reports and recommendations for a more equitable, accessible, and just local media ecosystem in Colorado.

Speakers
avatar for Tiya Trent

Tiya Trent

Program Manager, Project VOYCE
Tiya Ashantia Trent (she, her, hers), is currently the Program Manager at Project VOYCE. A non-profit that works with youth to turn them into transformational leaders. Tiya has had the opportunity to work with youth for over 20 years in several different capacities: non-profit work... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Wolf

Jennifer Wolf

Founder, Project Mosaic LLC
Jennifer Wolf (she/her) is a member of the Native Voices working group. She is the Owner and Founder of Project Mosaic, a group of Native American consultants and experts, and is on the Racial Equity Board for the City and County of Denver... Read More →
avatar for Fran Campbell

Fran Campbell

President and CEO, Asian Chamber of Commerce CO
Fran (She/her) was born and raised in Denver, a daughter of Filipino immigrants. She started her career as a Pediatric LPN and, before moving to the position of President/CEO of the Asian Chamber of Commerce, she was Sr. Clinical Support at Jefferson Center for Mental Health and a... Read More →
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Jonathan Alcantar

Associate Professor and Chair of Chicana/o and Latinx Studies, University of Northern Colorado
Jonathan Alcantar(he/him) is a member of the Latinx Voices working group. He is an associate professor of Mexican American Studies at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley and coordinator of the Chicana/o and Latinx Studies Program at UNC... Read More →
avatar for Tina Griego

Tina Griego

Journalist, Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)
Tina Griego (she/her) is a reporter and editor for the Colorado News Collaborative (COLab). She has been a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, but has spent most of her career in Colorado as a reporter and columnist for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm MDT
LCC 100 A-C Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

1:45pm MDT

"Objectivity", Identity and Reporting
The concept of objectivity, once an irrefutable pillar of professional journalism, is being challenged and deconstructed in newsrooms across America. How do journalists' personal identities influence, enhance, and/or provide context to their coverage? In this panel discussion, we'll invite real talk from Colorado journalists wrestling with and defining the power of identity and representation, where they see gaps in coverage, and how they see their place within their newsrooms and local coverage.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Beedle

Heidi Beedle

Reproductive Justice Reporter, Colorado Times Recorder
Heidi Beedle (she/her) is a former soldier, educator, activist, and animal welfare worker. She received a Bachelor’s in English from UCCS. She has worked as a freelance and staff writer for the Colorado Springs Independent covering LGBTQ issues, nuclear disasters, cattle mutilations... Read More →
avatar for Lori Lizarraga

Lori Lizarraga

Race & Culture Reporter, Independent
Lori Lizarraga is an Ecuadorian-Mexican-American journalist and a Murrow and Emmy-award winning reporter. Her news journey began in her home state of Texas and has since taken her to newsrooms in California, Colorado, on international assignment to Ecuador, and Pennsylvania where... Read More →
avatar for May Ortega

May Ortega

News host; podcast host of ¿Quién Are We?, Colorado Public Radio
A former newspaper reporter, Texas born and raised, May (she/they) has used her experiences from life on the U.S.-Mexico border as a guiding light in her work. As her career has grown, so has her belief that the best way to serve her community is by bringing her genuine self to the... Read More →
avatar for Tatiana Flowers

Tatiana Flowers

Equity Reporter, The Colorado Sun
Tatiana Flowers (she/her) is the inequality and general assignment reporter for the Colorado Sun. She has covered crime and courts plus education and health in Colorado, Connecticut, Israel and Morocco. She graduated from Penn State and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. In her spare... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
LCC 200A Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

1:45pm MDT

Building a Culture of Inclusivity: Our DEI Journey
When newsrooms have inclusive workplace cultures, they can successfully recruit, retain and promote reporters who represent the communities they serve, and are better equipped to cover communities with the respect, nuance, and completeness they deserve. That's a key premise behind the Maynard Institute's Fault Lines workshop, which in the summer of 2022 helped more than 100 Colorado journalists from 22 newsrooms examine their own internal biases, workplace culture, and reporting practices. Join Maynard's Martin Reynolds and three Colorado newsroom leaders for a "behind the scenes" peek at their work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their newsrooms - and how communities are responding.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Hernandez

Elizabeth Hernandez

Reporter, The Denver Post
Elizabeth Hernandez (She/her), a first-generation college student, has covered a little bit of everything in Colorado from mass shootings to wildfires to teacher strikes and ghost hunts. She has a passion for reporting stories highlighting underrepresented communities and pushing... Read More →
avatar for Kim Salvaggio, RMPBS

Kim Salvaggio, RMPBS

Chief DEI Officer, Rocky Mountain Public Media
Thanks to her father’s love of PBS NewsHour, at a very young age, Kim (she/her) wanted to be part of the media world. Studying Mass Media and Communications with a focus on Labor Industrial Relations at Penn State University, helped guide a 20 year career in media organizations... Read More →
avatar for Martin G. Reynolds

Martin G. Reynolds

Co-Executive director, The Maynard Institute
Martin (he/him) oversees fundraising, external affairs and serves as the institute’s lead Fault Lines® diversity trainer. In 2010, he co-founded Oakland Voices, an award-winning storytelling project that trains residents to serve as community correspondents. His career with Bay... Read More →
avatar for Rosie Blick

Rosie Blick

Philanthropy Manager, Public News Service
Originally from the northeastern U.S., Rosie (she/her) attended the University of Vermont where she earned her BS Environmental Studies with a focus on Equity and Sustainability. After working on a variety of environmental advocacy and education projects in Vermont and Connecticut... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
LCC 200B Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

1:45pm MDT

Media Acknowledgement, Reparations, and Moving Forward
"Name and acknowledge how local news coverage and media institutions have negatively impacted Black Colorado communities." That was the top recommendation from the Black Voices Colorado working group report in 2021. What does it look like, for newsrooms to publicly address a history of racism, build trust, and move forward alongside historically underserved or misrepresented communities? Hear about current projects in Colorado, as well as the University of Maryland's Printing Hate Project, and the Philadelphia Inquirer's A More Perfect Union Project.

Speakers
avatar for Alfonzo Porter

Alfonzo Porter

Editor-in-Chief, Denver Urban Spectrum
Alfonzo Porter (he/him) is a journalist and educator. Currently he is the Editor-In-Chief of the Denver Urban Spectrum, a 35-year-old, an award-winning publication targeting communities of color. He is the Director of Student Media as well as a journalism professor at Metropolitan... Read More →
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Diamond Hardiman

News Voices Program Manager, Free Press
Diamond Hardiman (she/hers) is a cultural organizer grown from the love of a family from Aurora and Park Hill, Colorado. In her role as a program manager at Free Press, she builds the dreams, power and local journalism needed to forge a reparative media future. She works with the... Read More →
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Kristen Fiore

West Metro Editor, Colorado Community Media
Kristen Fiore (they/them) is the west metro editor at Colorado Community Media. They manage the Clear Creek Courant, Canyon Courier, Golden Transcript, Arvada Press and Jeffco Transcript. Kristen graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2017 and recently moved to Colorado... Read More →
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Ariella Cohen

Deputy Editor, More Perfect Union, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ariella Cohen (She/her) is an award-winning journalist with a record of producing local reporting that makes a difference. Before joining The Inquirer, she worked as a reporter in Brooklyn and New Orleans, helped lead two nonprofit news organizations and worked as an editor for NPR's... Read More →
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DeNeen L. Brown

Associate Professor, University of Maryland
DeNeen L. Brown has been an award-winning writer for The Washington Post for more than 35 years. Brown is an associate professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where she teaches feature writing and the "Power of the Writing Voice." At The Post, Brown continues to... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
LCC 100 A-C Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

3:00pm MDT

Afternoon Snacks
Thursday September 15, 2022 3:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Lowry Conference Center Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

3:15pm MDT

Black Voices Working Group (Closed)
Colorado community leaders and mediamakers gather to discuss the launch of the Black Voices Leadership Coalition. Facilitated by Natalie Williams, CEO of About Belonging. This is a closed session, for invited participants. 

Speakers
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Natalie Williams

CEO, About Belonging
Natalie believes that all people should have the opportunity to live their best life. She is passionate and committed to advancing equity and wellbeing for all people. As the Director of the Wellbeing Blueprint, Natalie’s focus is on driving transformative change by centering communities... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:30pm MDT
LCC 100A-C Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

3:15pm MDT

Ethnic News Media Exchange Working Group
This is the second meeting of this group, and will provide an open space for conversation about group priorities and potential avenues for support. One topic of interest to newsrooms: What might it look like for Colorado's ethnic media outlets to form an advertising network?

Thursday September 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:30pm MDT
LCC 105 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

3:15pm MDT

Fault Lines Training Check-In
The Maynard Institute's Martin Reynolds will host this session for journalists and newsrooms who participated in this summer's Fault Lines training. Others who are interested in joining the discussion may attend as well, under Chatham House Rules (respecting privacy of individuals and organizations).

Speakers
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Martin G. Reynolds

Co-Executive director, The Maynard Institute
Martin (he/him) oversees fundraising, external affairs and serves as the institute’s lead Fault Lines® diversity trainer. In 2010, he co-founded Oakland Voices, an award-winning storytelling project that trains residents to serve as community correspondents. His career with Bay... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:30pm MDT
LCC 108 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

3:15pm MDT

Funder Table Working Group (closed)
This is a closed session for Colorado funders to share takeaways from the day's sessions, and discuss opportunities for investing in local news that advances equity by lifting up community concerns, and increasing public transparency, engagement and accountability.

Thursday September 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:30pm MDT
LCC 106 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

3:15pm MDT

Latinx Voices Working Group (closed)
This is a closed session for members of the Latinx Voices working group to connect, facilitated by Tina Griego of COLab and Rossana Longo-Better of KGNU.

Speakers
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Tina Griego

Journalist, Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)
Tina Griego (she/her) is a reporter and editor for the Colorado News Collaborative (COLab). She has been a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, but has spent most of her career in Colorado as a reporter and columnist for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain... Read More →
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Rossana Longo-Better

Bilingual Reporter/ Reportera Bilingüe, KGNU Community Radio
As the Bilingual Equity Reporter at KGNU Community Radio in Boulder and as a multiethnic immigrant woman from Ecuador with dual citizenship, Rossana Longo-Better has been interested in sharing the stories of underrepresented and underserved populations in her local community for close... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:30pm MDT
LCC 107 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

3:15pm MDT

Observer Corps Working Group
Join the League of Women Voters, City Bureau and other partners to help design an Observer pilot program that will engage diverse residents to cover public meetings in Larimer County. All are welcome!

Speakers
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Sonia Koetting

Volunteer Leader, League of Women Voters of Larimer County
Sonia (she/her) graduated from Colorado State's school of Technical Journalism and her career includes roles at several small Colorado newspapers. She also hosted a monthly radio show about community issues on KRFC Radio Fort Collins. Her civic impulse has led to active roles as a... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:30pm MDT
LCC 110 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

3:15pm MDT

Student News Bureaus - Higher Education Working Group
What would it take to create more internship and apprenticeship opportunities for Colorado students - possibly even a statewide student news bureau? Join higher education leaders as they swap ideas for working with local newsrooms in service of Colorado communities.

Thursday September 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:30pm MDT
LCC 109 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

6:00pm MDT

Colorado Press Association / Colorado Media Project Reception
Thursday September 15, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Buell Public Media Center Buell Public Media Center 2101 Arapahoe St Denver, CO 80205

7:00pm MDT

Dinner
Thursday September 15, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
Various Restaurants Downtown Denver
 
Friday, September 16
 

7:30am MDT

Breakfast and Networking
Friday September 16, 2022 7:30am - 8:15am MDT
LCC 200B Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

8:15am MDT

Presentation of Corona Insights 2022 Colroado News Audience Survey Results
In July 2022, CMP and Corona Insights ran a statewide survey of Colorado news audiences, in Spanish and English. This survey collected data on news consumption habits, trust in local news, payment and subscription behaviors, what drives audience members to support local news, opinions on various local news media funding models, and more. Join Jim Pripusich and Maria Cuevas to learn about the survey results, and an opportunity for your newsroom to collect similar data on your own audiences.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Milios Davis

Melissa Milios Davis

Vice President – Strategic Communications & Informed Communities, Gates Family Foundation
Melissa (she/her) joined the Gates Family Foundation in May 2017. Her primary role is to bring greater visibility to the work of the Foundation’s grantees and partners, to facilitate knowledge sharing, and to amplify the quality of life issues and ideas of greatest concern to the... Read More →
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Jim Pripusich, PhD

Director, Corona Insights
Jim Pripusich (he/him/his) uses research to guide decision makers toward making more significant social impact. As a Director at Corona Insights, Jim works with a myriad of public sector and nonprofit clients in Colorado and beyond. A political scientist by training, he has expertise... Read More →
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Maria Cuevas

Associate, Corona Insights
Maria (she/her) is an associate at Corona Insights. At Corona, Maria uses her Spanish language proficiency to help organizations reach a wider audience and higher level of community engagement through both qualitative and quantitative research. Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 8:15am - 9:15am MDT
LCC 200B Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

9:30am MDT

Deep Dive into Corona Insights Audience Survey Data
Bring your questions and join Corona Insights' Jim Pripusich for an interactive deep-dive into the Colorado News Audience Survey data, answering your specific queries about trends in local news consumption and support in Colorado.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Pripusich, PhD

Jim Pripusich, PhD

Director, Corona Insights
Jim Pripusich (he/him/his) uses research to guide decision makers toward making more significant social impact. As a Director at Corona Insights, Jim works with a myriad of public sector and nonprofit clients in Colorado and beyond. A political scientist by training, he has expertise... Read More →
avatar for Maria Cuevas

Maria Cuevas

Associate, Corona Insights
Maria (she/her) is an associate at Corona Insights. At Corona, Maria uses her Spanish language proficiency to help organizations reach a wider audience and higher level of community engagement through both qualitative and quantitative research. Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am MDT
LCC 200B Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

9:30am MDT

Moving the Story Upstream: How to Find and Uncover the Invisible Gears of Structural Racism
Under increasingly intense newsroom demands, reporters often find it difficult to cover the complexity of topics that deal with racial and social inequality. Join Sally Lehrman and Venise Wagner, Authors of Reporting Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity, for a workshop on effective reporting strategies that equip journalists to investigate disparity’s root causes.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Lehrman

Sally Lehrman

CEO, The Trust Project
An internationally recognized expert and speaker on building a more trustworthy press, Lehrman was named one of MediaShift's Top 20 Digital Innovators (2018) for her work founding and leading The Trust Project. Previously an award-winning reporter on medicine and science, her honors... Read More →
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Venise Wagner

Journalism Professor, San Francisco State University
Venise Wagner (she/her) is professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where she has taught since 2001. She has a 12-year career as a reporter for several California dailies, including the Orange County Register, the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle. She has won... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am MDT
LCC 105 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

9:30am MDT

Pathways to Philanthropy: Writing your Next Local News Project Proposal
What's next on the horizon for your newsroom, and what resources are available to support you? Join this workshop with CMP funders to brainstorm and workshop projects for the 2022 Advancing Equity in Local News grant program, and other funding opportunities. We'll answer questions to funders about their priorities and focus areas, and help each other hone ideas inspired by the sessions of this convening into fundable, implementable projects.

Come prepared to brainstorm or propose your project ideas for CMP's 2022 Advancing Equity in Local News grant cycle, and other funding opportunities!

Speakers
avatar for Sam Moody

Sam Moody

Learning and Grants Manager, Colorado Media Project
Sam Moody (he/him) brings nine years of social impact experience - in strategic planning, organizational learning, government policy, and philanthropy - to his role as the Learning and Grants Manager for the Colorado Media Project. He has worked with global foundations, local governments... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am MDT
LCC 107 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

9:30am MDT

Your Newsroom's Story: Building the Campaign for Local News and Civic Engagement
Local journalism is a vital public service, but journalists are notoriously reluctant about telling their own stories. How can your newsroom articulate the value you're bringing to your community? In this session, you'll learn tried-and-true strategies from public media and nonprofit fundraising, to help you demonstrate your impact, humanize your team, and connect with community members and businesses who are just waiting to be asked for their support.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Milios Davis

Melissa Milios Davis

Vice President – Strategic Communications & Informed Communities, Gates Family Foundation
Melissa (she/her) joined the Gates Family Foundation in May 2017. Her primary role is to bring greater visibility to the work of the Foundation’s grantees and partners, to facilitate knowledge sharing, and to amplify the quality of life issues and ideas of greatest concern to the... Read More →
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Laura Frank

Executive Director, Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)
Laura Frank (she/her) is the executive director of the Colorado News Collaborative (COLab), the nonprofit working with more than 170 news outlets and their communities across Colorado to give every Coloradan access to strong local news. COLab supports collaborative journalism, authentic... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am MDT
LCC 106 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

10:45am MDT

Investigating Inequities - Lessons, Tips, and Tools from the Chasing Progress Project
What does it look like to report on equity gaps by bringing community members and reporters together from the get-go: story: brainstorming, group interviews, open access and input on the story spreadsheet. Chasing Progress is putting that proposition to the test. What’s working? What isn’t? Plus, what the data does and does not tell us and the challenge of finding the “why” driving the “what.”

Speakers
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Burt Hubbard

Data journalist, CoLabnews
Burt Hubbard (he/him/his) is data journalist who has worked with the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News on investigative and social issue projects and documentaries. He taught computer-assisted reporting and internet research to graduate students for 20... Read More →
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Polly Baca

COLab Board and Former State Senator, Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)
Polly Baca (she/her/hers) is a member of the COLab Board. She served in both the Colorado House of Representatives (1975-1978) and the Colorado Senate (1979-1986). She was the first woman elected to chair the Democratic Caucus of the Colorado House (1977), the first woman of color... Read More →
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Tina Griego

Journalist, Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)
Tina Griego (she/her) is a reporter and editor for the Colorado News Collaborative (COLab). She has been a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, but has spent most of her career in Colorado as a reporter and columnist for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
LCC 106 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

10:45am MDT

Pathways to Philanthropy: Writing your Next Local News Project Proposal
What's next on the horizon for your newsroom, and what resources are available to support you? Join this workshop with CMP funders to brainstorm and workshop projects for the 2022 Advancing Equity in Local News grant program, and other funding opportunities. We'll answer questions to funders about their priorities and focus areas, and help each other hone ideas inspired by the sessions of this convening into fundable, implementable projects.

Come prepared to brainstorm or propose your project ideas for CMP's 2022 Advancing Equity in Local News grant cycle, and other funding opportunities!

Speakers
avatar for Sam Moody

Sam Moody

Learning and Grants Manager, Colorado Media Project
Sam Moody (he/him) brings nine years of social impact experience - in strategic planning, organizational learning, government policy, and philanthropy - to his role as the Learning and Grants Manager for the Colorado Media Project. He has worked with global foundations, local governments... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
LCC 107 Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

10:45am MDT

Planning for, Hiring, and Retaining a Diverse Newsroom Team
Recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives and identities in the newsroom, what should news organizations do to prepare to be safe, supportive workspaces for the more diverse teams they hope to hire? How can we make hiring processes and pipelines for training and apprenticeship opportunities more equitable and accessible? What opportunities exist for newsrooms to lead in creating a more equitable and inclusive workforce?

Speakers
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Marla Jones Newman

VP, People & Culture, Mother Jones
Marla (she/her/hers) has over 15 years of HR experience and brings a wealth of experience in shaping high-performing cultures, implementing robust professional development programs, and employing best human capital practices to attract and retain talent. Marla has been working in... Read More →
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Alfonzo Porter

Editor-in-Chief, Denver Urban Spectrum
Alfonzo Porter (he/him) is a journalist and educator. Currently he is the Editor-In-Chief of the Denver Urban Spectrum, a 35-year-old, an award-winning publication targeting communities of color. He is the Director of Student Media as well as a journalism professor at Metropolitan... Read More →
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Calvin Parker Jr.

Community Media Operations Director, Open Media Foundation
Calvin (he/him) has over 17 years of Radio/Television Broadcasting experience and has founded multiple internet and OTT platforms that represent Colorado music and culture. He is currently the Operations Director for Denver Open Media Radio and Project Manager for the Open Media Career... Read More →
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Carol Wood

COO, Colorado Sun
Carol Wood (she/her/hers) has spent nearly three years with The Colorado Sun working on operations, monetization and staffing. She works on internal DEI solutions at The Sun, as well as with the broader journalism community via the Rise and Shine Journalism Program and other initiatives... Read More →
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Linda Carpio Shapley

Publisher, Colorado Community Media
After creating her first paper at the age of 8, Linda (she/her) left the Northern Colorado dairy farm where she was raised and stumbled into a career in journalism, working at the CSU Collegian, Greeley Tribune, Denver Post and Colorado Politics before landing as publisher at Colorado... Read More →
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Claudia Fernandez

HR Manager, Rocky Mountain Public Media
Claudia Fernandez (she/her) is a nonprofit HR professional residing in the Denver area. She currently works at Rocky Mountain Public Media as HR Manager after several years spent in education, reproductive rights, and consulting. Claudia is passionate about bringing a progressive... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
LCC 200B Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230

12:00pm MDT

Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Group - Keynote Presentation
Join Maria Hinojosa, Emmy-Winning & Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, for her keynote speech addressing representation, identity, and equity in news media, followed by a conversation with Maria, Rossana Longo-Better (KNGU Community Radio) and May Ortega (Colorado Public Radio), and an audience Q&A.

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As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content from a POC perspective. Futuro does this in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world. Hinojasa’s Pulitzer Prize winning podcast, “Suave”, focuses on her relationship with David Luis "Suave" Gonzalez, in addition to telling the story of thousands of other people sentenced to die in prison for a crime they committed as a minor. “Suave” is gut-wrenching, deeply personal, and full of heart.

As the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, as well as Co-Host of In The Thick, the Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. Her new book, Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America, Hinojosa tells the story of immigration in America through her family’s experiences and decades of reporting, painting an unflinching portrait of a country in crisis. She is also a contributor to the long-running, award-winning news program CBS Sunday Morning and a
frequent guest on MSNBC.

Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show from WGBH Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including: four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAHJ. She has been honored with her own day in October by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and has been recognized by People En Español as one of the 25 most powerful Latina women. Additionally, Hinojosa was the first Latina to anchor a PBS FRONTLINE report: “Lost in Detention” which aired in October 2011 and was the first to explore abuse at immigrant detention facilities, garnering attention from Capitol Hill as well as both the mainstream and Spanish-language media.

As a reporter for NPR, Hinojosa was among the first to report on youth violence in urban communities on a national scale. During her eight years as CNN’s urban affairs correspondent, Hinojosa often took viewers into communities rarely shown on television and continued that work longform on Now on PBS. At Futuro Media, Hinojosa continues to bring attention to experiences and points of view that are often overlooked or underreported in mainstream media, all while mentoring the next generation of diverse journalists to delve into authentic and nuanced stories. In 2018 she was a Fellow at Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a frequent speaker across the country. In 2019, she was named the inaugural Distinguished Journalist in Residence at her Alma Mater, Barnard College. She lives in New York City with her husband and
two children.

Speakers
avatar for May Ortega

May Ortega

News host; podcast host of ¿Quién Are We?, Colorado Public Radio
A former newspaper reporter, Texas born and raised, May (she/they) has used her experiences from life on the U.S.-Mexico border as a guiding light in her work. As her career has grown, so has her belief that the best way to serve her community is by bringing her genuine self to the... Read More →
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Maria Hinojosa

Founder, President, and CEO, Futuro Media Group
As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created... Read More →
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Rossana Longo-Better

Bilingual Reporter/ Reportera Bilingüe, KGNU Community Radio
As the Bilingual Equity Reporter at KGNU Community Radio in Boulder and as a multiethnic immigrant woman from Ecuador with dual citizenship, Rossana Longo-Better has been interested in sharing the stories of underrepresented and underserved populations in her local community for close... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm MDT
LCC 100A-C Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Building 697 Denver, CO 80230
 
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