Super Sessions

We’ll hone in on the three Ps — the pandemic, the protests and politics — with panels of high-level journalists deeply engaged in each topic.

See also:  Full Schedule Breakouts/Skill Sessions

All times Eastern (U.S.)

September 12, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. EDT

Beyond the Protests: Inclusive Newsrooms / Inclusive Coverage

Black Lives Matters protests across the country reignited a critical conversation in newsrooms: Why hiring goals first imagined in the 1960s have failed to bring needed diversity to news organizations. In this Super Session, our guests lay out the questions and seek the answers about how to create newsrooms that reflect American communities and the American experience.

Moderator: Robert Hernandez, professor of professional practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

- Kim Bui, director of audience innovation, Arizona Republic
- Michael M. Santiago, photojournalist, Getty Images
- Arlyssa Becenti, journalist, Navajo Times
- Morgan Givens

September 12, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. EDT

Pandemic: The Stories We Told. The Stories We Missed. The Stories We Need to Tell Next.

Even as COVID19 remains THE story of 2020, journalists know they captured some angles of this huge international crisis well -- but missed some and still need to cover others. In this Super Session, expert COVID journalists assess the coverage -- past, present and future.

Moderator: Jericka Duncan, national correspondent, CBS News

- Patrice Peck, founder, Coronavirus News for Black Folks
- Steve Riley, executive editor, Houston Chronicle
- Rick Berke, co-founder/executive editor, STAT
- Donald G. McNeil Jr., Science Correspondent, The New York Times

September 13, 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. EDT

Covering Politics in a World Where Everything is True and Nothing is True

In a year in which politics were overshadowed by the pandemic and protests, journalists are struggling to figure out how to cover this year's presidential race and other political stories. What is relevant context? What are the best language choices? Which voices matter more than others? In this Super Session, leading political journalists consider the important choices between now and November 3.

Moderator: Kyle Pope, editor-in-chief and publisher, Columbia Journalism Review

- Jessica Huseman, lead journalist, ProPublica Electionland
- Errin Haines, editor-at-large, The 19th
- Jesse Holland, author/journalist, C-SPAN's Washington Journal
- Weijia Jiang, White House correspondent, CBS News

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