Cross-posted from Colorlines.
by Mónica Novoa
We're very excited about the latest endorser of the Drop the I-Word Campaign is UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., a strategic alliance advocating news coverage about people of color, and aggressively challenging its organizations at all levels to reflect the nation's diversity. UNITY, represents more than 10,000 journalists of color and is comprised of three national associations: Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Native American Journalists Association.
To kick off our partnership, UNITY co-sponsored a Drop the I-Word webinar last week for ethnic and community press also co-sponsored by our friends at New America Media, the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations.
We were joined by: Investigative journalist Gabriel Thompson who discussed his recent story covering the widening use of the slur "illegals" and related terms in the media after 9-11; Attorney David Bennion on precisely how and why the i-word is legally inaccurate; DREAM activists Tania Chairez and Mark Cortez on the impact of the i-word on their own lives; and Colorlines.com News Editor Jamilah King reviewing our stylebook on immigration.
You can listen to the informative briefing here: Covering Immigration Post 9-11: A webinar press briefing on the rise of the i-word in public discourse.