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Agenda - Friday, November 1
Human Rights: The Foundation of Peacebuilding

Human Rights and Journalism: Challenges and Opportunities
Park University, PDL Conference Center

Do journalists effectively cover human rights as they are articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? These universal human rights include freedom of speech, religion, and assembly; freedom from discrimination; and access to education, health care, and an equitable justice system. When these human rights are reported, are they covered fairly and contextually? We will discuss these questions today with panelists from Kansas City and around the world.

1:00 – 1:30 “An introduction to Human Rights and Journalism” Sarah Margon, Foreign Policy Director, the Open Society Foundations

Human Rights and Journalism at Home

1:30 – 1:55 “Media, Human Rights, and the African-American Community”

  • Lewis Diuguid, National Association of Black Journalists
  • Bette Tate-Beaver, Executive Director, National Association of Multicultural Education; KC Association of Black Journalists

1:55 – 2:05 Discussion

2:05 – 2:15 Break

2:15 – 2:40 “Media, Human Rights, and the Latino Community”

  • Mary Sanchez, Journalist

2:40 – 2:50 Discussion

Human Rights and Journalism: The View from Abroad

2:50 – 3:30 Guest(s) will be joining us via video link from a conflict or post-conflict country.

3:30 – 3:40 Discussion

3:45 – 3:55 “Tying It All Together” Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism