THE BURDEN IN NEW YORK (at the REGION 1 GLOBAL CONFERENCE)

NEW YORK _ I was back in the city I love second-most for the NABJ Region 1 global diversity conference, which was amazing! I saw the future in the faces of young journalists like Madelynn Mitchell, Destiny Williams and Jamila Jacob — and I bumped into Newsday Editor Deb Henley, who was my editor years ago at The Courier Journal. She honored me by buying my book, “The Burden,” after my panel on covering the globe from home. Yes, you can write about world affairs where you are, as explained brilliantly by my co-panelists Melissa Noel and Frankie Edozien, an associate professor at NYU. We talked about connecting with other countries through the immigrants in your own town and covering ethnic festivals, without grumbling, to gain valued sources. Then the always-on-point Kevin Powell gave a powerful keynote and a charge to journalists of all ages to embrace and insist on excellence. Congratulations Johann Calhoun, Aaron Morrison and a stellar team for a great, great job!

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