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Journalists, communications pros to visit, discuss civil rights, news media and crisis communications

What: Media Coverage of Civil and Human Rights in 2013: Unfiltered and Unbiased? Two town-hall sessions sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

When and where:  This Friday, Nov. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in Crosby Hall.

Background: Many civil and human rights-related news events have occurred this year, including the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the 50th anniversaries of the Birmingham Bombing and the March on Washington, North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, and the continuing financial difficulties of the International Civil Rights Museum.

First session: Media Accuracy in Civil and Human Rights, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., to be held in the Television Studio, third floor. Speakers will include:

  • Bob Butler, National Association of Black Journalists;
  • Kerry Charles, FOX 8 anchor and president of the Triad Association of Black Journalists;
  • Dr. Vanessa G. Cunningham-Engram, journalism faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications;
  • Dexter Mullins,  digital news producer for Al Jazeera America and A&T alumnus;
  • Dr. Kim Smith, journalism faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; and
  • Cassandra Wynn, journalism professor at Johnson C. Smith University and A&T alumna;

Second session: Crisis Communications in Civil Rights, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Room 215.  Speakers will include: 

  • Shawn Jackson, A&T graduate and current intern at Edelman, the global public relations firm based in Chicago, Ill.;
  • Denada Jackson, owner of Bella Roca PR & Events in Charlotte and A&T alumna;
  • Irish Gaymon-Spencer, owner of The Spencer Group Inc. in Greensboro and A&T alumna; and
  • Ricky Clemons, PR faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Sponsored by: The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Reception: A reception honoring Sandra Hughes, longtime local television journalist, will be held from 1:15–2 p.m. in Room 217. Hughes, who also teaches at A&T, is a recipient of this year’s Piedmont Triad National Conference for Community and Justice award and citation.

Further information: Contact Bonnie Newman Davis, the Greensboro News & Record-Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor of Journalism, at Bbdavis1@ncat.edu or 336 334-7900.

A&T to host Caucus of Black School Board Members

The North Carolina Caucus of Black School Board Members will hold its Fall Retreat and Issues Forum at N.C. A&T this Thursday through Saturday, October 3-5.  The theme of the conference is “Reclaiming Public Education: The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time.”

“With North Carolina at a crossroad, and no longer a national model for educa-tional progress, our challenge as school board members and stakeholders is to continue to advocate for transformative leadership, thoughtful governance and civic engagement,” the event brochure states.

Speakers will include Justice Cheri L. Beasley of the N.C. Supreme Courtstate Rep. Garland Pierce; Christopher Hill, director of the Education and Law Project of the North Carolina Justice Center; and Dr. Forrest Toms, associate professor in A&T’s Department of Leadership Studies.

The event will run from Thursday evening through Saturday morning at the Alumni Foundation Events Center. Sponsors include N.C. A&T, the Department of Leadership Studies, and the Guilford County Schools.

For more information, click here for the event brochure.