Are you hungry for a career in global news? Would you like to travel and report on some of the world’s most important and exciting LGBT stories? Could you see yourself breaking international stories from a newsroom in London, Hong Kong, Boston, New York or Washington, D.C.?
The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and CultureofOneWorld.org are hosting an “International Journalism Seminar on LGBT Issues and Human-Rights Coverage” as part of “Boston: Uncommon,” the NLGJA National Convention & 9th LGBT Media Summit on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers (50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116).
For detailed information, visit NLGJA “Boston: Uncommon” website at http://www.nlgja.org/2013/international-story-coverage.
More than 350 journalists and communications professionals from across the US are expected to come to Boston. The four-day assembly, taking place from August 22 to 25, begins with the LGBT Media Summit. Since 2004, the LGBT Media Summit offers special emphasis on the challenges faced by LGBT Media outlets. This one day conference serves as the opening forum for the National Convention. Jill Abramson, New York Times executive editor, will be the keynote speaker.
Hear from top editors, award-winning journalists, human-rights activists and global media entrepreneurs from The Global Post, PRI’s The World, The Ground Truth Project, Critical Stages, In the Culture of One World, The Journalist.ie, and the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Learn from the experts about how they’ve made international LGBT journalism work. Download a “Resource File and Tool Kit” PDF document that can help editors and reporters acquire the skills, resources and digital tools to produce global stories, making them more competitive in the newsroom.
The seminar will feature Kevin Douglas Grant, a founding member of The GroundTruth Project and the Deputy Editor of Special Reports at GlobalPost; Michael Luongo, multiple award-winning international journalist and author of Gay Travels in the Muslim World and Frommer’s Buenos Aires; Charles M. Sennott, the Vice President, Editor-at-Large and co-founder of GlobalPost; Jeb Sharp, producer of the public radio program PRI’s The World, a radio news magazine; and Roberta Sklar, a veteran of social justice media campaigns and the Communications Director and Press Secretary of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
I am organizing and will moderate the seminar in my capacities as the U.S. Editor of Critical Stages, a Contributor to NPR and TDF Stages, and the recipient of the 2010 NLGJA Journalist of the Year Award for Excellence in Journalism.
The “International Journalism Seminar on LGBT Issues and Human Rights Coverage” will put forward and explore practical information and theoretical knowledge essential for a career in the demanding, ever-changing field.
My aim is to emphasize opportunities and strategies for the LGBT Media here in the U.S. to cover international issues and human-rights concerns that affect LGBT communities around the world. LGBT journalists have had few opportunities to work as foreign correspondents. That’s especially the case in today’s media environment, with sharp cutbacks by many news outlets in their international coverage. At the same time, LGBT communities outside of the U.S. rarely receive coverage of global issues that directly affect their lives, from anti-gay violence and transgender rights to the status of LGBT marriages and the impact of social media on the international LGBT coverage.
This program offers tools and basics on international LGBT reporting in our increasingly globalized world. It outlines cases studies on how LGBT journalists based in the U.S. have played an important role in covering and advocating for international developments.
It will also be made available on the NLGJA “Boston: Uncommon” website at http://www.nlgja.org/2013/international-story-coverage.
Founded in 1990, the NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. Its “Boston: Uncommon” convention will also include Connect – the NLGJA Student Journalism Project, the Women’s Networking Dinner, NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards and numerous other learning and networking opportunities for members.
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