The Arab American National Museum and UNITY: Journalists for Diversity are joining together to host a town hall meeting and panel discussion tonight in Dearborn, Michigan, on media representation of Arab-Americans and Muslims. The town hall, which will feature local community leaders and journalists, will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and be livestreamed. The Twitter hashtag for the town hall is #AANMUNITY.
Michigan State University journalism professor and diversity advocate Joe Grimm will moderate the town hall, joined by Chicago Tribune Standards Editor Margaret Holt, syndicated Los Angeles-based cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, and the Arab American News publisher Osama Siblani. In addition to the journalist panel, Take on Hate, ADC-Michigan, and Cair-Michigan will each speak about their organization and community work.
On Saturday, September 12, journalists from around the country will meet at Wayne State University for panels on media literacy, multimedia training, entrepreneurial journalism and discussions on tackling poverty. Alcaraz will participate in a workshop on entrepreneurial media, while IRE Training Director Megan Luther will conduct a workshop on using web tool for investigative journalism
The event is part of Unity’s second regional summit, “Empowering the Detroit Story.” The first summit, “Empower Your Lakota Story,” took place on May 2 at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.