Strategies for Transforming Journalism
Trainings Now Available
WHY THIS TRAINING?
The Strategies for Transforming Journalism training pushes people in the field of journalism to think beyond diversity and delve into the systems of oppression that shape newsrooms and the communities they cover and serve.
It’s clear that journalism isn’t working for everyone it’s trying to serve. One powerful way to change that reality is by examining structures that keep journalism from realizing its potential to be truly equitable and representative. This training explores how the journalism industry today reinforces and benefits from oppressive practices towards both journalists and the communities we cover and serve. It is based in the understanding that interpersonal interactions and issues of representation are only one aspect of how oppression plays out in the journalism industry. Strategies for Transforming Journalism is geared towards a systemic understanding of the problems in order to foster creative solutions grounded in history. This training is also intersectional, focusing on racial and gender justice but not excluding discussions of disability justice, LGBTQ issues, and economic oppression in the news industry.
OBJECTIVES and AUDIENCE
Strategies for Transforming Journalism is designed for journalists, editors, newsroom leaders, and community storytellers who desire a journalism that better serves all people.
Participants will spend the day working together to:
1) Map the field of journalism and how oppression operates currently and historically within the field
2) Learn how journalists have and can continue to resist racism and other forms of oppression
3) Strategize and develop practices that will shift their own work towards building a more just world, while maintaining journalistic integrity
Strategies for Transforming Journalism is facilitated by two long-time social justice educators using a popular education model.
Lewis Wallace (he/him/his) is an independent journalist and editor. His journalism for public radio has won many local and national awards, and his work has aired on Marketplace, NPR, Michigan Radio, the Nancy Podcast, and others. He started his work in journalism as a 2012-2013 Pritzker Fellow at WBEZ Chicago. Previously, Lewis was an activist and trainer around prisons and racial and gender justice issues. His book about the history of "objectivity" in U.S. journalism is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press. See www.lewispants.com
Mia Henry (she/her/hers) is the founder and principal of Freedom Lifted, a company providing civil rights tours to the Deep South and social justice trainings using a historical lens. Mia has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, social justice facilitation, leadership development, and history education. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College and the founding director of the Chicago Freedom School.
The fee for a full-day training is $5,000, and a half day is $3,000, plus travel and lodging for facilitators, if needed. A sliding scale will be offered to make it accessible to all those who desire to participate, and we are open to collaborating with organizations seeking grant funding to cover costs. Please note that 30% of the training fee goes to support Press On, a newly launched southern movement journalism collective. This center works to build the news media ecosystem in the South, and influence media trends nationally, by strengthening and expanding community-driven journalism. A portion of this support goes directly to the production of media by underrepresented people and groups in the South.