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Political Party with Keli Goff: The Color of Campaign Coverage

Monday, May 23, 2016

7:00 PM

The American electorate may be more varied than ever, but racial and gender diversity at the country's newspapers has stayed steady for more than a decade.

How does this lack of diversity in our newsrooms affect what we read, hear and see about the candidates? Join us as host Keli Goff and her guests dig into the way that the storytellers shape the stories and consider how much it still matters when voters can learn about our presidential hopefuls from an ever-expanding array of sources, from fact-checked investigative reports to late night comedy clips to the candidates’ very own 140-character statements on Twitter.

Goff talks with Jake Horowitz, editor-at-large and co-founder of Mic, Carol Jenkins, founding president of the Women's Media Center, Kevin Merida, editor-in-chief of ESPN's "The Undefeated" and former managing editor of The Washington Post, Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, and Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist and founder of Define American and #EmergingUS. 

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About the Series

This election season, sidestep the horserace and join us for our only-in-New York cocktail party and conversation series for the politically curious. This is not another partisan shoutfest or predictable pundit roundtable. These are conversations that will be clever, passionate and political, yet civil. Thoughtful contrarianism is encouraged. Talking points are not.

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About Keli

An internationally recognized multi-platform journalist and fiction writer, Keli Goff’s work has appeared in many publications including TimeCosmopolitan, Essence, The Washington Post and the web editions of The New York Times and The Atlantic, among others. She is author of two books, including Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence (Basic Books, March 2008).
 
She is currently a columnist for The Daily Beast, and is also an award-winning writer for theater and television. For her work on the third season of the hit television series “Being Mary Jane,” she was awarded a 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series. In December 2015 she completed a two-year playwriting fellowship with The Public Theater, the legendary artistic institution best known for producing Shakespeare in the Park.
 
Keli has appeared on more than 100 national and international news programs on the networks, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, BET and the BBC, providing political analysis and cultural criticism. Learn more at www.keligoff.com and follow her on Twitter @keligoff

Part of The NEXT New York Conversation series which brings together changemakers, newsmakers and tastemakers to illuminate relevant topics that are redefining and reshaping our 21st century. 

Leadership support provided by:

MetLife Foundation