OK, I've decided.
It’s so hard to pick! And I can only do one per day because there are no outlets in the session rooms (or hardly anywhere, for that matter, even though this is a brand-new convention center the size of a major airport), and my battery is no spring chicken. Though I’m plugged in right now, and if I get enough juice going, I may blog part of my 3PM session, called “Label at Your Own Risk: Covering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People of Color.”
But my point here, which I do have, is that I’ve decided what to liveblog tomorrow. Tune in at 2:15 EST/1:15 CST for “Beyond ‘Illegal Alien’: Toward Fair, Ethical and Accurate Immigration Coverage.” Description & panelists after the jump. See you there!
Maria Cramer: Globe Staff, Boston Globe
Daniel Gonzalez: Immigration Reporter, Arizona Republic
Mizanur Rahman: Immigration Editor, Houston Chronicle
Maria Sacchetti: Immigration Reporter, Boston Globe
Erin Ailworth: Globe Staff, Boston Globe
Immigration has been a hot-button political topic in the U.S. for several decades. But in the past year, the level of rhetoric surrounding the subject has reached historic - and hysterical - levels. In cities and towns nationwide, citizens seem to have lost all perspective on the question of immigration, and some politicians and law enforcement officials are apparently willing to fan the flames of misunderstanding and fear: In Arizona, sheriff’s deputies are pulling over drivers who “look Mexican.” Readers in Texas and California are pressuring newspapers to publish the legal status of Latinos at the center of any story, immigration-related or not. Just what are the duties of a journalist when covering immigration issues these days? Is it the journalist’s responsibility to educate their sources — especially, undocumented workers — about their legal rights and the repercussions of talking to the media? Should reporters and editors seek to quell the public’s outrage, or simply describe it? To what extent do we get involved? These questions are especially important for journalists of color, who face the dual challenge of receiving pressure from Latinos in the community, who may believe that Latino journalists should be more sympathetic than white journalists; and from newsroom managers, who may suspect Latino journalists of having “an agenda” when covering immigration. Join this panel as it examines tactics for navigating these tricky waters.