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Cierra Brown Hinton, Publisher, Scalawag Magazine (@iolabhinton)
Deborah Kolben, Editorial Director, 70 Faces Media (@dkolben)
Maritza Félix, Publisher, Conecta Arizona (@maritzalfelix)
Kavitha Rajagopalan, Community Engagement Manager, CCM (@kxraja)
There is no doubt that political polarization is threatening both U.S. democracy and the practice of journalism. Yet, for too long, polarization has been presented in simplistic binaries – rural vs. urban, left vs. right – that elide its complex drivers and manifestations.
This conversation, the first of three this February, will take place between three publishers serving communities with historic trauma from white nationalist violence and terrorism – Black communities in the South, diverse Jewish American communities, and undocumented Latinx communities on the U.S.-Mexico border. How have they covered U.S. politics, ascendant white nationalism, and legislative threats to their communities’ safety and rights? How have they supported news audiences and staff coping with trauma? How is political polarization affecting and shaping their communities? How are they using their outlets to help their readers build community – and power?
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About the series:
The CCM Polarization Conversation Series centers both the perspectives and the expertise of publishers who serve communities that have been navigating political polarization, white nationalism, and right-wing extremism for many decades. These conversations are a first step toward shifting the way polarization is understood and defined, and elevating the knowledge and insight of publishers serving communities most impacted by the polarization crisis.