Original broadcast: May 6, 2021. Replay available upon demand.
Join Poynter senior faculty Joie Chen as she speaks with Dion Lim, anchor and reporter at ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco, and Washington Post national political reporter Robert Samuels for a candid conversation about how the ongoing racial reckoning in newsrooms will impact the future of journalism.
Lim is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and author of “Make Your Moment: The Savvy Woman’s Communication Playbook to Getting The Success You Want,” based on her experiences as the first Asian American woman to be at the helm of a weekday newscast in three major markets including Kansas City, Charlotte and Tampa Bay. Dion is passionate about amplifying voices of color and has led the charge in shedding light on the hate and assaults targeting Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Her work has resonated across the country on ABC News Live, Nightline, Good Morning America and 20/20.
Samuels’ work for The Washington Post focuses on the intersection of politics, policy and people. He travels the country to chronicle how the vivacious political discussion in the nation’s capital is impacting the lives of everyday Americans. He previously told stories about life in the District for The Post’s social issues team. Samuels joined The Post in 2011 after spending nearly five years working at the Miami Herald. At the Herald, he covered politics, poverty, murder and mayhem. Samuels occasionally writes essays on race for The Post and is the newsroom’s self-proclaimed figure skating guru.
The panel will discuss their experiences as journalists of color amid the social justice movements of the last year. All have reported on Black Lives Matter and Stop AAPI Hate and have seen the impacts of those movements on their own lives. Their experiences help them imagine how newsrooms will evolve to better support diversity, equity and inclusion in the future.
Journalists, educators and citizens interested in the future of news are invited to tune in for this free On Poynt session on Thursday, May 6 at noon Eastern time.
About On Poynt
In 2021, our On Poynt series will feature timely interviews with journalists for the story behind the story of the latest breaking news, moderated by Poynter experts.
In this special four-part special series, On Poynt is teaming up with Poynter’s “Locally” to consider — through live conversations and reported storytelling — the newsroom of the future and the challenges ahead as more journalists are able to return to in-person work.
These sessions will address critical questions for news organizations and journalists in the months ahead, such as: what’s been lost and gained, how workplace culture has changed, potential funding models and the fate of the physical newsroom.
These sessions are free to attend and will include time for Q&A at the end.
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