Journalists of color in the newsroom meetup

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Caroline Chen of ProPublica; Monica Rhor of Houston Chronicle; Francisco Vara-Orta of IRE and NICAR; Disha Raychaudhuri of NJ Advance Media; Kendra Pierre-Louis of The New York Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 12:45pm
  • Location: Montgomery
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The data speaks for itself — newsrooms have lost more journalists of color and we are back to 1989 levels. While percentage-wise JoCs have made some gains, journalists of color only make up an estimated 17 percent of most U.S. newsrooms. Why is that? How are you bucking those trends? IRE will provide a forum for journalists of color to come together for community building to talk about their successes and challenges in navigating the field. Join us in a more relaxed setting to recharge amid the bustle of conferencing. Lunch will be provided by the Knight Foundation.

To create an open forum for frank discussions, all meetup sessions are off the record. 

This session is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Caroline Chen is a health reporter at ProPublica. Previously she covered the drug industry for Bloomberg News. Most recently, she revealed how well-meaning birth tissue donations end up fueling the unproven stem cell clinic industry. She teaches data reporting at Columbia's journalism school. @CarolineYLChen

  • Kendra Pierre-Louis is a reporter with The New York Times on the Climate Desk, where she writes about climate change. Before joining the Times, Ms. Pierre-Louis was an environment reporter with Popular Science.  She is also the author of Green Washed: Why We Can't Buy Our Way to a Green Planet. Ms. Pierre-Louis is in a long-standing feud with mayonnaise and those who insist on its widespread application.
  • Disha Raychaudhuri is a reporter on the data and investigations team at NJ Advance Media. Prior to joining NJ Advance Media, she was a reporter in India and Bangladesh, where she covered education and produced oral history projects. Follow her on Twitter @Disha_RC.

  • Monica Rhor recently returned to the Houston Chronicle as an editorial writer, columnist and member of the editorial board. She previously worked at the Chronicle as a narrative writer covering gender, sexuality, spirituality and race issues. Previously, Monica was a national reporter at USA TODAY, covering race and identity. Her last project was an in-depth look at the criminalization of black girls. Monica has also taught high school journalism and English. For the last 16 years, she has also served as a mentor and co-chair on student projects for NAHJ, NABJ and UNITY. @monicarhor

  • Francisco Vara-Orta is a training director for IRE. He's worked for 18 years in professional newsrooms throughout the country, published by Chalkbeat, Education Week, the Los Angeles Times, Austin Business Journal, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Nieman Storyboard, Laredo Morning Times, and La Prensa de San Antonio @fvaraorta

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