Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) announced its programming plans for this year’s journalism conferences for the Asian Americans Journalism Association (AAJA), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the LGBTQ Journalists Association (NLGJA).
The company has set up a series of panels, screenings and workshops through WBD brands, including CNN, HBO, OWN, Turner Sports and Bleacher Report, with the mission “to help amplify unique voices, support creatives of color and to advance representation in media and news”.
The first in-person programming is slated for the AAJA conference, which kicked off July 24 in Los Angeles and will run through July 28, as CNN Worldwide returns for the 10th anniversary of its Brand Journalism Producer and Reporter Workshops. . Created by Ramón Escobar, Senior Vice President of Recruitment and Talent Development at CNN Worldwide, the workshops test journalists’ knowledge and help them hone their skills. The competitive program is small in size so participants can work directly with on-air coaches, CNN anchors and correspondents, and editorial managers to experience real-time examples of the writing, producing, and reporting of the news.
The Journalism for Reporters and Producers Workshop will also be presented at the annual joint NABJ and NAHJ conference, to be held August 3-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Warner Bros. Discovery is launching a new panel, dubbed “Fact to Fiction,” featuring Karen Horne, Chief Entertainment Officer, WBD’s Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Programs alongside the screenwriters of television and film accomplishments Claudia Forestieri (“Gordita Chronicles” from HBO Max) and Keli Goff (“And Just Like That” from HBO Max). Both creatives are former journalists and news producers, who will discuss their creative process, TV scriptwriting fundamentals, and respective resources and sources as part of the panel.
“‘Fact to Fiction’ is the perfect example of all the possibilities at all entertainment crossroads,” said Horne, announcing the program. “This panel is about the success of color industry heavyweights who have taken their skills and used them to propel their careers into other areas. unlimited resources and mentorship.”
Warner Bros. Discovery wraps up this year’s lineup at the NLGJA conference, held September 8-11 in Chicago, Illinois, with a special interactive discussion led by CNN’s LGBTQ+ reporters as they explain how they cover breaking news globally from their unique perspective.
The full range of brand activations can be found below, listed in chronological order:
AAJA (July 24-28)
Los Angeles, CA
Sa-I-Gu thirty years later: lessons from the LA riots for today
In 1992, the Los Angeles riots sent shock waves through our country, splitting communities and heightening tensions between people of color and law enforcement. Thirty years later, hatred against marginalized communities and police brutality continue to dominate the headlines of our daily coverage. Join us for an in-depth conversation led by CNN’s Amara Walker about what we’ve learned from past reporting and how reporting can exacerbate relationships between communities of color without addressing systemic issues and cultural differences.
CITIZEN By CNN presents Leading in Primetime & Going Global: From Local News to International Reporting
Prime time leader
CNN’s Amara Walker is in conversation with Susie Xu, executive producer of Erin Burnett OutFront. Xu will share the impact of her Asian American background on her editorial decisions in the newsroom and control room.
Going Global: from local news to international reports
In this CITIZEN by CNN conversation, CNN anchor and correspondent Amara Walker talks to two journalists who have spent years working overseas and who will share their professional journeys. You’ll hear the personal stories of Vice President and Western Bureau Chief Kevin Flower and Western/Midwest Coverage Manager Elizabeth Joseph, as they also share how their backgrounds and international experiences help them make daily coverage decisions on major stories important to the AAPI community like economy/jobs, national security, Covid-19 and anti-Asian hate.
CNN Reporter & Producer Workshop
For 10 years in a row, the CNN Journalism Workshop created by Ramón Escobar, Senior Vice President of Recruitment and Talent Development, has been the industry standard. The network will welcome the most enterprising and engaging journalists as well as the best producers and digital journalists to the AAJA convention in person. CNN executives, on-air coaches and anchors and correspondents will teach and challenge attendees on what it takes to get on the network. During this one-day workshop, reporters and producers will develop their skills and apply practical techniques. Topics include corporate reporting, on-air performance and presentation, editorial decision-making, production philosophy, winning the breaking news, and building a digital strategy. This is an invitation-only event, you must apply to attend.
The power of inclusive and nuanced storytelling: A fireside chat with the executive producers of “The Cleaning Lady”
For decades, the on-screen AAPI experience has been portrayed as a monolith that fails to acknowledge the rich cultural heritages of individual API communities in the United States, but things are changing for the better. Join the executive producers of WBTV’s “The Cleaning Lady” for a candid conversation about how embracing the detailed authenticity of Filipino and Cambodian cultures has created an inclusive series that encourages audiences from all walks of life to recognize universal challenges. of immigration, classism and motherhood through the lenses of these rich cultures.
NABJ and NAHJ (August 3-7)
Las Vegas, Nevada
CITIZEN By CNN: The myth of the monolithic voter
In 2020, Cuban voters in Florida preferred President Trump. Latino voters in Arizona pushed Biden to victory. A large number of Texas Latinos vote Republican. Some politicians mistakenly believe that black voters are homogeneous. But, like all Americans, they are economically, socially and religiously diverse. Times are hard. Gas prices are skyrocketing, a recession hovers, the war in Ukraine is brutal, the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, and the racial reckoning continues. Join us for this CITIZEN by CNN conversation with Abby Phillip, Jim Acosta, Sara Sidner and Rosa Flores to discuss how black and brown voters are not monolithic.
The Art of a CNN Live Shoot
For a journalist, the difference between a soaring career and one that sizzles often lies in their ability to execute informative, impactful and moving live footage. Join the discussion with the talented CNN team – Nima Ahmed, Ramón Escobar, Cynthia Hudson and Ryan Young – who have been on the front lines explaining the fundamentals of successful live filming, while teaching you the skills to improve your performance. Expect to refine your live action shots the moment you walk out the door with proven techniques and tips that are sure to give you a competitive edge, even at any time. This is an invitation-only event, you must apply to attend.
CNN Reporter & Producer Workshop
For 10 years in a row, the CNN Journalism Workshop created by Ramón Escobar, Senior Vice President of Recruitment and Talent Development, has been the industry standard. The network will host the most enterprising and engaging journalists as well as top producers and digital journalists at the in-person NABJ/NAHJ convention. CNN executives, on-air coaches and anchors and correspondents will teach and challenge attendees on what it takes to get on the network. During this one-day workshop, reporters and producers will develop their skills and apply practical techniques. Topics include corporate reporting, on-air performance and presentation, editorial decision-making, production philosophy, winning the breaking news, and building a digital strategy. This is an invitation-only event, you must apply to attend.
Turner Sports and Bleacher Report Presents: Creating a New Narrative
The past two years have taught us how quickly things can change, including the ways and platforms on which we consume content. Specifically in sports, the fan is constantly evolving in the way they interact with content. This series of panels – presented by Turner Sports and Bleacher Report – will offer attendees insight into how we are helping to create a new narrative in this sports media landscape to keep fans engaged, including virtual career growth. , developing behind-the-scenes stories and reaching fans through non-traditional methods.
Women are changing the Hollywood landscape
It’s no secret that Hollywood has serious disparities with female representation, especially when it comes to women of color. Join the Women of Warner Bros. Discovery behind the scenes for an honest, real, and defining conversation about storytelling a Black and Latina lens, what it takes to be a producer, their career path, and how they create avenues to uplift other women of color. Hosted by Lisa France (Senior Entertainment Writer, CNN) and starring Natalie Chaidez (executive producer, HBO Max’s “Flight Attendant”), Syreeta Singleton (executive producer, HBO Max’s “Rap Sh*t”), DeMane Davis ( director/producer, CW’s “Naomi”, OWN’s “Queen Sugar”) and Brigitte Munoz-Liebowitz (executive producer/showrunner, HBO Max’s “Gordita Chronicles”).
From fact to fiction
The special session will feature Karen Horne (SVP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Programs, Warner Bros. Discovery); and accomplished television and film writers Claudia Forestieri (“HBO Max’s “Gordita Chronicles”) and Keli Goff (“HBO Max’s “And Just Like That”), both former journalists and news producers. They will share details about their creative process, TV scriptwriting fundamentals, and respective resources and sources.
NLGJA (September 8 – 11)
Global coverage through the lens of CNN’s LGBTQ+ journalists
With every breaking news story, CNN’s team of global reporters are always there to inform, empower and engage the world about the most critical moments in time. Join us for an interactive discussion with our talented team of LGBTQ+ journalists who are in our newsrooms, control rooms and in the field to learn the ins and outs of being on the front lines of global news and why diverse backgrounds and perspectives are imperative for quality journalism.