Speaker Luncheon with Juan Gonzalez and Joe Torres
On October 26, 2011, the Media Justice League (MJL) will host a Speaker Luncheon featuring Juan Gonzalez and Joe Torres, authors of News for All the People. The Luncheon will benefit MJL's ongoing media literacy programs throughout South Texas. A donation of $20 per person entitles each attendee to a yummy meal, the great company of San Antonio local leaders, and many members of San Antonio area news organizations.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ, a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for commentary, is former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is a columnist for New York's Daily News, and co-host of the nationally syndicated TV and radio news show Democracy Now! His previous books include Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, and Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse.
JOSEPH TORRES is the senior advisor for government and external affairs for Free Press, the national media reform organization. Before joining Free Press, he worked as deputy director at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years.
News for All the People offers a sweeping account of the class and racial conflicts in American news media, from the first colonial newspaper to the age of the Internet. Based on years of archival research and up-to-the-minute reporting by veteran journalists and media reform advocates Juan González and Joseph Torres, News for All the People reveals how racial segregation in the media distorted the news and highlights numerous examples of how publishers and broadcasters actually fomented racial violence through their coverage.
Fast-paced, story-driven and replete with portraits of individual journalists and media executives, the book weaves back and forth between the corporate battles and government policies that built our segregated media systemas when Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover gave a radio license to the KKKand those who rebelled against that system, such as Pittsburgh Courier publisher Robert L. Vann, who led a national campaign to get the black-face comedy Amos 'n' Andy off the air.
This is event is being co-sponsored by the San Antonio Current, Democracy Now! and Free Press. Reservations are encouraged. For more information contact DeAnne Cuellar, at 210-896-9141 or by emailing directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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