We are 2 weeks from the opening drumroll to the 2012 UNITY Convention at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas!! August 1-4, 2012 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the historic gathering of journalists of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender journalists, media professionals, newsroom recruiters, journalism students and individuals who care about diversity and inclusion in news media.
Sessions and Workshops
Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman: Covering Controversy
Few news stories have provoked such strong emotions as the shooting of Travyon Martin by George Zimmerman. A closed police case that went mostly unnoticed until Martin's parents hired an experienced lawyer who worked with PR professionals to get this case front and center in the media. The incident then exploded onto the national consciousness, and race came into play almost from the start. Analysts say this was a case where media influenced the administration of justice. Come hear a discussion among the journalists who covered the story as it unfolded.
"Get your Geek On" by sharing information and asking questions about the latest tech innovations and how journalists can use them.
Beyond Who's Hot and Who's Not
Entertainment reporting goes beyond covering break-ups and meltdowns. From tragic deaths of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston to the drama of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan, it takes good reporting and great sourcing to separate the facts from rumors. Get the back story of the real stories from our experts.
Hardest Jobs on the Planet: Reporting in Conflict Zones
Few jobs are tougher or more dangerous than reporting in war zones. And, arguably, few jobs are more important. Some of the top current and former foreign correspondents share their stories about life, reporting and staying safe while on some of the most trying assignments on the planet.
UNITY'12 Authors' Showcase
Come visit with talented authors where they will present their works and conduct signings. Their books will also be available for purchase at our UNITY Bookstore
- Arin Reeves, The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders
- Bonnie St. John, How Great Women Lead
- Edgar Sandoval, The New Face of Small-Town America
- Hassan Luis Sudler, PATRIARCH: My Extraordinary Journey From Man to Gentleman
- Howard Weaver, Write Hard, Die Free
- Jill Geisler, Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know
- Joseph Torres, News For All the People
- Leila Cobo, The Second Time We Met
- Maria Ebrahimji, I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim
- Monica Trasandes, Broken Like This
- Ron Chew, Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes
- Roxana Saberi, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran (invited)
- Steve Harvey, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man (invited)
- Yalman Onaran, Zombie Banks
- Opening Reception Sponsored by The Coca Cola Company: Wednesday, Aug 1 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Mentoring Reception Sponsored by Comcast/NBC Universal: Thursday, Aug 2, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
- Media Reception sponsored by Time Warner/CNN (by invitation): Thursday, Aug 2, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- Media Reception sponsored by Gannett (by invitation): Thursday, Aug 2, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
- Media Reception sponsored by News Corporation: Thursday, Aug 2, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
- Media Reception sponsored by Prudential: Thursday, Aug 2, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Check out the convention website at www.unityconvention.org and click on Conference Program under General Information to view approved sessions.