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Front and Center--How journalism serves local communities when led by people of color

November 10, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:15am
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Paulette Brown-Hinds and Sara Lomax-Reese, Stanford John S. Knight Journalism Fellows, and the leaders of two Black-owned media companies will discuss how they are innovating their companies to meet the needs of today with solutions-based data journalism and environmental justice journalism initiatives.

Paulette Brown-Hinds is the publisher of the Black Voice News and co-founder of Media in Color. Paulette has over 30 years working in community media, and has served as a practitioner and strategist utilizing Black media as a trusted source for community news and information, as well as an advocate for California’s community media sector. She is based in Riverside, CA.

As a co-founder of Media In Color, she is working with a collaborative of media professionals to ensure California’s news media organizations in communities of color are self-sufficient civic actors informing, empowering, and advancing the interests of their communities.

As publisher of the Black Voice News she is working to transform the print publication into a digital leader in solutions based data journalism drawing on its 50-year history of justice seeking reporting. Important to that work is her Mapping Black California geospatial community mapping initiative. In 2020 she was awarded Google News Initiative innovation challenging funding to develop a data hub and content sharing platform for the Black Press.

Paulette serves on numerous news industry boards, including the California News Publishers Association, where she served as board chair in 2019, becoming the first African-American elected to lead the organization.

Sara Lomax-Reese is president and CEO of WURD Radio, Pennsylvania’s only African-American owned talk radio station and co-founder of URL Media, a network of Black and Brown media organizations that share content, distribution and revenues to increase their long-term sustainability. She is based in Philadelphia, PA.

She has transformed WURD Radio from a legacy talk radio station to a multimedia communications company that provides original programming on air, online, through video and community events. Sara also launched two important initiatives: an environmental justice journalism platform called and Lively-HOOD, a multimedia project that connects Black Philadelphians to jobs, career readiness and entrepreneurship opportunities to address the persistent wealth gap in the Black community.

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Sara has written for several local and national publications. During 2020 she was a coach in the Major Metro Table Stakes Program and was the Program Lead for the BIPOC Sustainability Accelerator designed to empower Black and Brown owned media organizations.

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