Amanda Hess to be Keynote Speaker at Raliance Media Summit

RALLY Awards Finalists Announced.

St. Petersburg, Florida (April 25, 2017) - New York Times David Carr Fellow, Amanda Hess, will offer keynote remarks at a national media summit advancing how the media approaches sexual violence and awarding excellence in journalistic coverage of sexual assault.

Newsroom journalists are invited to attend the Summit: Changing the landscape: A dialogue with journalists reporting on sexual violence scheduled for May 9 at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington D.C.Registration is required to attend this free event. A full schedule is available on the event registration page.

Hess has frequently addressed the issue of rape and sexual assault on college campuses and in the popular media through her work at Slate, The Washington City Paper, ESPN Magazine, Elle and Pacific Standard. Hess currently covers media for the New York Times.

Her speech will be titled The Stories We Tell and The Stories We Don’t Tell.

Hess is joined at the daylong event by an array of speakers including Scott Clement and Nick Anderson authors of the award-winning Washington Post Sexual Assault on Campus series, and Bianca DiJulio, a researcher from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which funded that study.

The Berkeley Media Studies Group will discuss findings of an extensive content study that examines how the media covers sexual assault.

The winners of the first-ever RALLY Awards will also be announced at the media summit. The awards honor journalistic excellence in covering sexual violence. The finalists are listed below:

“Doctors & Sex Abuse” from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, Georgia
“Facing the Problem” from the SME Harbinger in Fairway Kansas
“Sex Trafficking: The Victims Next Door” from the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minnesota

“At Profiles Theatre the drama and abuse is real” from the Chicago Reader in Chicago, Illinois
“BuzzFeed News: Tyler Kingkade’s reporting on sexual violence” from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York
“Coverage of Vanderbilt rape case” from The Tennessean / USA Today Network in Nashville, Tennessee
“University of Minnesota sexual assault” from the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minneapolis, Minnesota

“BuzzFeed News: Ethics and they Eye of the Beholder” from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York
“BuzzFeed news: Some Days The Bomb Goes Off: The Ballerina Who Accused Her Instructor Of Sexual Assault” from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York
“Flight Risk” from Slate in Brookline, Massachusetts

“A question of honor at Brigham Young University” from The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah
“BuzzFeed News: Unfounded: Investigation into the Baltimore County Police Department’s handling of rape cases” from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York
“Rape kit series” from The Plain Dealer” in Cleveland, Ohio

The summit is a combined effort of The Poynter Institute and Raliance, a collaborative initiative to end sexual violence in one generation.

This event is made possible by generous sponsorship from the Glover Park Group and the National Football League.

For more information on The RALLY Awards and Raliance Media Summit, visit:

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