UNITY Journalists of Color host 2 day conference at Loyola University, Water Tower
UNITY Journalists of Color host 2 day conference at Loyola University, Water Tower From 8 am – 10 pm
Loyola University – Water Tower Campus Schreiber Center, Wintrust Hall, 9th Floor, 16 E. Pearson Street Chicago, IL 60611
UNITY: Journalists for Diversity will host a Regional Media Summit in Chicago that will be held at the
The conference is a two-day Summit in Chicago this fall, Thursday, October 20 thru Friday, October 21. A Town Hall takes place on Thursday in the evening, and the all-day workshop sessions will be held at Loyola University (downtown campus) on Friday.
UNITY initiated Regional Media Summits two years ago during our strategic planning process. We have been using this platform as a means to seeking stakeholder input about issues related to diversity that affect journalists across the country. UNITY has been gathering this feedback to help define UNITY’s future national strategic platform. UNITY also has brought national attention and resources to local communities riddled with social justice issues.
The Chicago Regional Media Summit will mark UNITY’s 5th event of it’s kind. Journalists, community leaders, journalism students and faculty will gather to discuss diversity best practices, issues affecting the region, the role that journalists play and how to respond to these issues. You can find more information about our past summits by clicking here.
Chicago’s UNITY summit will focus on topics such as Community Violence, Diversity Media Coverage, Future of Chicago Media, and Harassment in the Workplace. More importantly, during the summit UNITY will gather journalists, advocacy groups, community members, business and political leaders for an evening Forum to dialogue about an issue that is greatly impacting Chicago… community violence.
To sign-up to attend and to RSVP, click here.
The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel has given UNITY a deadline of Wednesday, September 8 to reserve a room at the discounted price. UNITY was able to get the Millennium Hotel to lower its hotel rates to $185/night for our group, which includes free WiFi during our stay.
Please make arrangements as soon as possible.
Please know the rate will not be guaranteed after Sept. 28.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia as the Special US Correspondent for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com, the TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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