Political Party with Keli Goff: The Color of Campaign Coverage

Monday, May 23, 2016

Host Keli Goff and guests talk 'Political Party' at The Greene Space (Screenshot)

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. 

Journalist Keli Goff convened a panel of guests at The Greene Space on May 23 to discuss how this lack of newsroom diversity affects what we read, hear and see about the candidates. They explored how much it even still matters, given that 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 tweets.

Goff talked 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 PostRashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, and Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist and founder of Define American and #EmergingUS. 

Watch the entire conversation and weigh in on Twitter using #PoliticalParty 

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

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