Navigating Objectivity in Journalism: Virtual Panel – Oct. 21, 6-8 pm CT

Reporters examine how our world view shapes our reporting and how to craft balanced coverage while still telling it like it really is.

The news media should be looked to as truth-tellers, devoted to telling it like it is. But as the industry takes a deeper look at just what it means to be objective, each journalist must examine and acknowledge how their background and world view shapes their reporting. They must work out how to craft fair coverage without reducing a narrative to a “both sides” mindset, and how to navigate a job that finds them in gray areas more often than not. During this panel presented by the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, respected journalists from legacy newsrooms and innovative outlets will discuss their takes on the issue.

The virtual panel is free for members and non-members. Please register here for a ticket.


Nader Issa is the education reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and president of AAJA Chicago.


Alex Arriaga is a reporting resident at City Bureau covering the elections, census and civic participation centering Chicago’s immigrant communities. 

Kim Bellware is a national reporter with The Washington Post, whose work focused on the criminal justice system, politics and the ways they intersect in the broader culture.

Elvia Malagón reports on social justice, immigration and income inequality at the Chicago Sun-Times, and previously worked for the Chicago Tribune, The Times of Northwest Indiana and The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla.

Charles Preston is the audience engagement manager at Injustice Watch and an activist-organizer and journalist who has written about structural racism in Chicago and organized around the budget crisis at Chicago State University.

Dakarai Turner has worked as a television journalist for seven years from South Carolina to Chicago, covering the posthumous exoneration of a 14-year-old Black boy executed in the Jim Crow south, and the 2015 Baltimore Uprising after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

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