Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Conference

IRE 2014 Conference in San Francisco

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Equal Justice Society President Eva Paterson spoke on June 26 at the 2014 conference of Investigative Reporters & Editors held at the San Francisco Marriott.

Session: “Data Journalism Ethics: Tricky Questions Buried in the Numbers”

Thursday, June 26 at 9 a.m. – Are the data too easy to interpret? Confirm commonly held stereotypes? Put sources at risk? Watch out! Data journalists must consider some thorny issues in the everlasting, far-reaching, and deep-diving environment of digital media. Esteemed civil rights lawyer Eva Paterson revealed the bias often built into data. Three expert practitioners shared compelling ethics considerations that have troubled them. Panelists offered solutions and answered audience questions. Panelists included Jennifer LaFleur @j_la28, Ricardo Sandoval-Palos @RicSand, Sally Lehrman @bestwrit, Chrys Wu @MacDiva, and Eva Paterson @EvaPaterson.


Sept. 13: Celebrating the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Join us in September to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin.

This is the second installment in a series of events over three years (2013 to 2015) observing the 50th anniversaries of four of our nation’s seminal civil rights tipping points. The Equal Justice Society commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at the Oakland Museum.

Civil Rights at 50: Celebrating the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Saturday, September 13, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco

With special honorees:

  • California State Senator Ed Hernandez – author of SCA 5, seeking to partially repeal Prop. 209
  • Frederick Jordan – champion of minority business enterprises (MBEs)
  • Jane and Howard Moore, Jr. – civil rights attorneys and movement pioneers
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati – co-counsel with EJS in social science briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, and in Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.

Our event will feature performances by artists from the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Zaccho Dance Theatre, and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

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