Transforming Journalism training in Memphis this fall

Lewis Wallace and Mia Henry of Freedom Lifted will co-facilitate a training for journalists who want to move beyond diversity this fall in Memphis on Saturday, October 12.

The Transforming Journalism training pushes people in the field of journalism to think beyond diversity and delve into the systems of power and oppression that historically and currently shape newsrooms and the communities they cover and serve.

Transforming Journalism examines the structures that keep journalism from realizing its potential to be truly equitable and representative. This training explores how the journalism industry today reinforces and benefits from oppressive practices towards both journalists and the communities we cover and serve. It is based in the understanding that interpersonal interactions and issues of representation are only one aspect of how oppression plays out in the journalism industry. The facilitators provide a systemic analysis of the problems in order to foster creative solutions grounded in history.

Participants will work together to develop strategies for engaging with editors, editorial policies, publications, and journalism schools towards transforming how journalism works today.

This interactive training is also intersectional, focusing on racial and gender justice but not excluding discussions of disability justice, LGBTQ issues, and economic oppression in the news industry.

Transforming Journalism Beyond Diversity is open to journalists, editors, newsroom leaders, activists, and members of the public interested in a journalism that better serves our communities.

Press On is a southern movement journalism collective founded in 2019.

MLK50: Justice through Journalism produces journalism focused on poverty, power and public policy in Memphis, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

Mia Henry