Allimadi: â€œHopefully we will be able to discuss some of the issues that major corporate media tend to ignore, including pervasive poverty, unemployment and police brutality in the so-called inner cities.â€?
(Allimadi joins other top reporters to discuss media diversity).
The publisher of The Black Star News has been selected by New Yorkâ€™s leading independent press network to join nine top journalists at a major national media reform conference early next year.
â€œI am delighted that The Black Star News has been recognized for top journalism,â€? says Milton Allimadi, publisher and CEO of New Yorkâ€™s leading investigative newspaper. â€œHopefully we will be able to discuss some of the issues that major corporate media tend to ignore, including pervasive poverty, unemployment and police brutality in the so-called inner cities, and U.S. support for corrupt dictatorships around the world.â€?
Allimadi is also the author of “The Hearts of Darkness, How White Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa” (Black Star Books, 2003). He joins nine other top New York journalists and media operators who have been selected to head this cityâ€™s team to the national conference. The Ford Foundation is sponsoring the delegationâ€™s trip. The conference is in Memphis, from January 12 to 14, 2007. Heading New Yorkâ€™s team is Lisa Vives, who is Director and Editor of Global Information Network (GIN), a leading distributor of independent international and national news on social justice issues.
Conference organizers expect over 3,000 participants who are fed up with the current state of the nationâ€™s media. â€œMore importantly, the Ford Foundation agreed to fund the travel to the conference of 10 individuals in order to facilitate further discussion of the important issues of media diversity and justice,â€? says Vives. â€œI believe that free media that reflects all voices and views is essential to a democratic society.â€?
In addition to Vives and Allimadi, are: Dame Babou, Radio producer in the U.S. and correspondent for SUD FM of Senegal; Karen Juanita Carrillo, Freelance Journalist specializing in Afro-Latino and African American history and politics; Zita Allen, Labor journalist and author, â€œBlack Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement,â€?; M’ampela Mpela, U.N. Radio Producer; Chaka Ngwenya, founder, SARFM Radio (Internet) and former radio host at Zimbabwe ZBC Radio 3; Bankole Thompson, author, “Ignoring the Underprivileged: A Journalists Indictment of Mainstream Media,” and reporter and editor at the Michigan Chronicle; Sowore Omoyele, reporter and contributor to Saharareporters.com; and, Kenton Kirby managing editor, Caribbean Life.
For more on the National Media Reform Conference www.freepress.net/confernce.
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