Black media ownership. The demise of Black news in Black-owned media. Insuring that “Black” stories/news/media isn’t just a momentary trend. How to give teeth serving Black consumers when the outlet is not minority-owned.
Those are just a handful of the topics set for discussion August 19 during the Black Media Symposium, a free digitally-delivered event presented by the Radio + Television Business Report.
Hosted by Urban One Regional Vice President Deon Levingston and RBR+TVBR Publisher Deborah Parenti, this one-hour virtual event kicks off with a keynote conversation with respected award-winning journalists and authors Ed Gordon and Roland Martin.
Gordon is an Emmy Award– winning broadcaster who has interviewed many newsmakers including President Bill Clinton. In 2020, Gordon authored his first book, the best-selling “Conversation in Black,” in which he interviewed over 40 leaders and influencers for a “virtual” conversation about the state of Black America and new narratives about the continuing fight for justice and equality.
Named four times by Ebony Magazine as one of the “150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States,” Martin has enjoyed a career as a journalist that includes interviews with multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood. Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN and is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender. Martin recently signed on as a contributor to iHeartMedia’s newly launched Black Information Network (BIN).
“We are extremely honored to have both of these distinguished journalists join us for this special event,” Parenti said. “They bring not only volumes of experience in covering many of these issues over the years but their own personal perspectives on them.”
Levingston added, “Roland Martin and Ed Gordon add an important piece to our discussion. In addition to a panel including station ownership, network, advertising agency, and major market management, this interview will provide knowledgeable perspective on the impact of news coverage or, as important, lack of news coverage from a black perspective. It will be interesting to hear Roland and Ed’s thoughts on the demise of news on black targeted stations and the lack of diversity in management in newsrooms.”
The event is an opportunity to address significant issues being raised today that impact the future of our nation.
Gordon and Martin will precede a roundtable discussion featuring a panel of esteemed Black media executives who will discuss and debate the role of Black media in everything from social movements to advertising and programming to Black consumers.
Featured panelists include Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, CEO, American Urban Radio Networks; DuJuan McCoy, Owner/President & CEO, Circle City Broadcasting LLC; Karen Slade, VP/General Manager, KJLH-FM/Los Angeles; and Omar Thompson, Principal, 1Nine Marketing & Media.
The “Black Media Symposium” will be presented on Facebook Live and via YouTube on Wednesday, August 19, from 11:30am-12:30pm Eastern.
You may view the Black Media Symposium on YouTube by clicking here.