Immigration has been a story at the forefront of nearly every U.S. news organization’s coverage for the last few years. We live in a time of intense divisiveness and heated political rhetoric, which has made the jobs of journalists even more difficult.
Join members of the ONA New Jersey chapter on Oct. 22 for a conversation with immigration reporters in our state about what it’s been like to cover the topic in the current political and social climate.
We’ll talk to a panel of journalists about how they have approached different stories, what their audience and reader reaction has been, and how they are looking ahead to covering immigration in 2020.
The discussion will be moderated by Juan D. González, an award-winning broadcast journalist and investigative reporter who is co-host of Democracy Now. González is a professor of communications and public policy at Rutgers University. He is also the author of “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America,” and a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
González will be joined by Monsy Alvarado, who reports on immigration and diversity for NorthJersey.com, part of the USA Today Network; Matt Katz, who reports for WNYC about immigration, refugees, national security and hate. At least one additional reporter and up to two other guests will be added to the panel as they are confirmed closer to the date.
Seating is limited to 50. The event will open with a networking hour from 5-6 p.m. with light refreshments, and the discussion will run 6-7:30 p.m.