UA Journalism teams with New America Media to sponsor ethnic media conference Sept. 30

New America Media and The University of Arizona Department of Journalism are sponsoring a summit for ethnic media and immigrant rights groups to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the UA Student Union. Breakfast will be offered at 8 a.m.

"Strengthening Communications from the Border to the Four Corners" is a daylong conference that will enable participants to look at issues such as the immigrant rights movement, employer sanction laws, militarization of the border and strategies for improving communication between ethnic media and immigrant rights groups. Speakers include Arizona legislator Kyrsten Sinema; Henry Fernandez, of the Center for American Progress; and Angela Kelley, director of the Immigration Policy Center. Representatives from ethnic media organizations in Tucson, Phoenix and the Navajo Nation as well as Utah, New Mexico and Nevada also will take part.

NAM is a national collaboration and advocate of 2,000 ethnic news organizations, the fastest-growing sector of American journalism, according to the NAM Web site. The organization is based in California, maintains offices in Washington and New York and has partnerships with journalism schools around the country.

The UA Department has a long commitment to diversity and bilingual journalism. It has published a community newspaper for the city of South Tucson for more than a quarter-century; has hosted a journalism diversity workshop for Arizona high school students for more than two decades; and in January the department was the host site for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, an intensive training program for student journalists co-sponsored by The Times and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

See the full conference agenda.

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