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march, 2019

07marthuJOURNALISM MONTH – Reporting Across Social and Political Divides7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Conversation

Reporting across social and political divides

Event Details

Photojournalists Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson will discuss with local writers and journalists the challenges of working in social and political landscapes fraught with polarizing divisions. In light of their own work covering U.S. military interventions in other countries, Alford and Anderson will explore with panelists their strategies for encouraging deeper analysis in the content they produce and ask how we can bridge political and social divides more effectively in our work?

Kael Alford – Instructor, Eastfield College, Independent Photographer/Journalist
Thorne Anderson – Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Independent photographer/journalist

Dianne Solis – Freelance/Former immigration beat reporter, Dallas Morning News
Obed Manuel – Dallas Morning News/Fellow for Report for America
Raul Rodriguez – Artist/Curator/Publisher, Deep Red Press

Kael Alford is a photographer, journalist and educator whose work spans issues of political violence, the human relationship to the natural environment, the social roles of women, and under-represented communities. She is currently an instructor at Eastfield College.

Thorne Anderson joined the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas as an assistant professor in Fall 2009. He is a specialist in photojournalism, visual communication, and multimedia storytelling and is a regular contributor to KERA TV.

Obed Manuel is a reporter covering issues of immigration, social justice, politics and Latino issues in Dallas for the Dallas Morning News. Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in Mexico, Obed has called Dallas, Oak Cliff specifically, home for 22 years. He has also written for other Dallas news outlets like Central Track, the Dallas Observer and Latina Lista. Ask him about food, specifically tacos and Tex-Mex.”

Raul Rodriguez is an artist, curator and publisher from Fort Worth, TX. He graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. He is the founder and editor of the photographic platform Deep Red Press, a publication and online resource featuring regional photographers from Texas that are exploring diverse themes and stories.

Dianne Solis is a writer and a journalist who most recently was a senior writer at The Dallas Morning News. She was also a former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Mexico City. Throughout her career, she’s written about people crossing borders, from tales of refugees from Iraq, to children from Honduras seeking asylum in Texas. Her passion? Finding the humanity in complex stories. She holds degrees from Northwestern and California State University, Fresno, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Credit: Photo by Kael Alford, Zafrania Iraq, 2003

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