Panel on ‘Unconscious Bias Theory and Its Impact on Race Coverage’ at UNITY Convention in Chicago

You’re invited to attend our panel on “Unconscious Bias Theory and Its Impact on Race Coverage,” taking place on Saturday, July 26, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the UNITY ’08 Convention in Chicago.

UNITY is the largest gathering of journalists of color with nearly 10,000 journalists and media executives meeting to discuss timely issues affecting journalism and the media industry.

UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. is a coalition of the four alliances, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association. Our mission is to advocate fair and accurate news coverage about people of color, and aggressively challenge the industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the nation’s diversity.

About our “Unconscious Bias Theory and Its Impact on Race Coverage” panel: Much of racism today is created by a historically influenced, institutionalized, and often subconscious, process. This session provides a background on the social science theory of unconscious bias, explores how this theory applies to journalism and the media industry, and how newsrooms can improve their coverage with this understanding.

Our panelists include:
– John Dovidio, Professor of Psychology, Panelist, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
– Carole Simpson, Anchor, World News Tonight Sunday, Panelist, ABC News, New York, NY
– Roosevelt Thomas, President, Panelist, The American Institute for Managing Diversity, Atlanta, Ga.
– Eva Paterson, President, Panelist, Equal Justice Society, San Francisco, Calif.

The panel is coordinated by Keith Kamisugi, Director of Communications at the Equal Justice Society and independent investigative producer Melissa Cornick.

The panel is schedule to take place at McCormick Place West W176 in the convention main venue.

This event is listed on Facebook. For more information on UNITY and to register:

Or contact Keith Kamisugi at 415-288-8710 or

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