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Managing Editor Jessie Higgins will moderate a panel on police oversight at the Virginia Coalition for Open Government's 2023 conference.

Conference-goers, if you’re registered for one of these two events on Thursday, look for Charlottesville Tomorrow journalists!

The Virginia Coalition for Open Government’s annual conference is a day-long series of panels and conversations about expanding access to information about state and local governments, freedom of information, and getting records and data. On Thursday, March 16, registered attendees will meet at the Dairy Market’s Brick Cellar in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Tomorrow Managing Editor Jessie Higgins is moderating a morning panel, “Police oversight boards and their transparency challenges.”

Later on Thursday, we’re calling all research librarians! Editor-in-Chief Angilee Shah will be on a panel at the annual conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries called “Forging an inclusive future of the news.”

If you’re registered for the conference, here’s a direct link to the virtual session. Here’s the session description:

Journalism has a race problem, a historical antagonism around class, and a general imbalance regarding coverage of gender and sexuality. Calls for greater representation are prominent, and are both academic and public concerns. Journalists are changing how stories are told, whose voices are included, and who writes and produces the news. How have journalists pushed the direction of journalism toward more accurate representation? How does an understanding of media representation enhance our work in libraries? Join this panel of journalists and scholars to learn about ways they are working toward a more inclusive future of the news, and approaches library staff can take to integrate diverse perspectives into their teaching and media literacy efforts.

Panelists include: Sisi Wei, formerly of OpenNews, founder of the DEI Coalition Slack, and current editor-in-chief of The Markup; Angilee Shah, founder of Women do News and Editor-in-Chief of the nonprofit news organization Charlottesville Tomorrow, and a specialist in building teams and content for people and communities too often left out of media narratives; and Dr. Keonte Coleman, assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University, who created the Student Media Analysis Journalism Bootcamp to help students analyze the diversity of their media coverage and learn techniques for combating unconscious bias and discriminatory practices.

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