After bringing together nearly 2,000 students from 50 countries for the online course “Diversity in News and Newsrooms,” the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin will hold the First Latin American Conference on Diversity in Journalism on March 26 and 27.
The event is completely free and online, with the development of two sessions a day on topics such as Gender, Sexual Orientation, Racial and Ethnic Issues and Disability. Registration is open and those who attend the four sessions (offered in Spanish) will be able to receive a free certificate of participation.
The event is sponsored by the Google News Initiative, which also supported the realization of the MOOC (massive, open, online course) "Diversity in News and Newsrooms,” from Jan. 11 to Feb. 7.
“This is the first conference of its kind to be held in Latin America. We seek to promote diversity and inclusion in the news that is published and in the newsrooms that produce that news,” said Professor Rosental Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center. “The issues of diversity, equity and inclusion are on the agenda in many parts of the world and may be a bit late in certain areas of Latin American journalism. But this is the hour. And we are happy to be able to contribute with this pioneering conference.”
The idea, Alves added, is to hear from the personal experiences of some fellow Latin American journalists who have promoted coverage of these issues and to discuss the diversification of newsroom teams so that they better represent the communities they serve. "Today, more than ever, it is also vital to promote the use of anti-racist discourses and practices," the Knight Center director emphasized.
The Conference is aimed at Spanish-speaking journalists, journalism students, academics, and editors interested in diversity issues. So far the participation of journalists such as Marco Avilés, who works between Peru and the United States and writes about racism and diversity for media such as The Washington Post and Ojo Público, has been confirmed.
Paula Cesarino Costa, the first diversity editor of Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, will also participate, as well as Lucia Solis Reymer, gender editor of Grupo La República in Peru; and Eladio González, general editor of Expansión in México.
Other participants include:
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