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NABJ event a success

10/3/2012  8:00 am

The National Association of Black Journalists Illinois Chapter “What’s Black in the News” event on September 26 drew a diverse crowd from campus and the community. Students moderated a panel discussion on issues surrounding the current presidential election, public participation, socially constructed difference and media responsibility. Participants included Randy Burnside, Political Science Professor, SIU, Carbondale; Esther Cepeda, Syndicated Columnist, Washington Post Writers Group; Sunny Hostin, CNN Reporter, Anchor, Legal Analyst; and Richard Prince, columnist, Journal-isms, The Maynard Institute.

Christopher D. Benson, Associate Dean, College of Media and Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Department of African American Studies commented, “Everything about the program was impressive; from the insightful opening remarks by Samantha Chatman (the panelists were nodding in agreement) to the pointed questions and video intercuts presented by Rachel Loyd and Bianca FLowers (even the journalists on the panel had to acknowledge the challenging, thought-provoking questions) to the framing of the entire event, taking the audience to a new level of media literacy and cultural competence.”

Sunny Hostin tweeted after the event, “Had a wonderful time with the NABJ students at University of Illinois. All brilliantly engaged future journalists.”

The event was covered by WCIA TV.

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