WarnerMedia wraps up summer with diverse journalism conventions

11 Sep 2019 - By WarnerMedia Staff

As summer comes to an end, so does the last of the journalism conferences for several minority groups. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) each wrapped their annual conventions at the beginning of September.

NLGJA is the premier network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) media professionals, all dedicated to the highest journalistic standards in the coverage of LGBTQ+ issues.

What better way to celebrate the community than in the city that knows how to throw a party and is known for its own diversity – New Orleans. Their annual convention was held there from August 29 – Sept. 1.

Convention highlights included a career and community expo, a student journalism training project and an author’s café. Attendees were also able to take advantage of free HIV testing. Classes held throughout the four-day convention focused on the importance of diversity in newsrooms, as well as in the coverage of LGBTQ+ stories.

Meanwhile, a little further west, in the Lone Star state, NAHJ held its annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. NAHJ is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The organization stands firmly on the four pillars of NAHJ:

  • Initiative – offering scholarships, student projects, internships and more
  • Development – training sessions in English and Spanish
  • Leadership – management training access
  • Partnership – leveraging relationships with industry leaders and companies

Billed as the Excellence in Journalism conference, the NAHJ convention is also focused on the importance of representation in the media and covering stories important to the Hispanic community, including immigration.

CNN continued its pursuit of diverse talent at both conventions, hosting producer and reporter workshops, plus resume and reel critiques for attendees.

WarnerMedia remains committed to its diversity and inclusion policy, a commitment shared by WarnerMedia President of News and Sports Jeff Zucker. Earlier this summer, Zucker announced Johnita Due as the new Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for WarnerMedia News & Sports to help lead diversity efforts. 

In its efforts to promote equality in the workplace, WarnerMedia works with organizations dedicated to diversity in media and journalism, including the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and the Association for LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA). For more information on WarnerMedia’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.warnermediagroup.com/company/corporate-responsibility