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“How do Each Ethnic Community Media Cover another Minority Community?”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Location: NYC Bar Association • 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY

On behalf of the Asian American Business Development Center, One Hundred Black Men of New York City, Hispanic Federation, and the New York Urban League invited journalist from various ethic media outlets. associations and civic organizations to participate in a media roundtable discussion to discuss “How Ethnic Media Cover Other Ethnic Community?”

The topics for discussion were: How do each ethnic community media cover another minority community? Where do media get their information sources? How do media decide what information sources to use to inform their readers? What perspectives media hope to give their readers? The media roundtable discussion was intended to improve information and communication flow between different communities of color and to help foster better understanding and relations between community residents.




  • Jane Tillman Irving, News Writer/Reporter, CBS Radio 880
  • CeFaan Kim, WABC “Eyewitness News”


  • Gail Smith, Publisher, Impacto NY
  • Herb Boyd, National Association of Black Journalist, & Columnist for the Amsterdam News
  • Michael Max Knobbe, Executive Producer, Bronx Net Cable
  • Joe Wei, Managing Editor, World Journal
  • Soyoung Kim, Reporter, City Desk – Korea Times

Audience Participation

  • Thomas Watkins, Publisher, The Daily Challenge Group (Afro Times & New American)
  • Heather J. Chin, Asian American Journalist  Association t
  • Bertha Lewis, President & CEO. The Black Institute
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalist
  • Sonia Lalwani, News India/DesiTalk
  • Corky Lee, Free Lance Photo Journalist
  • Gordon Balkcom, Media Representation


On March 28, the Asian American Business Development Center and One Hundred Black Men organized a panel discussion, “Race Relations and Collaboration Between Asian American and African American Communities After the Peter Liang Case,”  (Peter Liang, the former New York City Police Officer, was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man in a public-housing project stairwell on November 20, 2014.) to explore how the two communities relate to each other, identify common issues facing two communities and find solutions to overcome misperception, misunderstanding and barriers that divided them. Speakers came from a diverse background of community, political, social and academic arenas which offered a wide range of perspectives and viewpoints about the two communities.

Today, a multi-ethnic group of journalist and publishers came together and they held a robust and honest discussion about why they do not cover other ethnic communities.  Most of the reporters and publishers in the discussion, agreed on the following:

  • Lack of resource prohibits ethnic communities to come together
  • Lack of interaction and understanding
  • They all have common issues in  most communities (economics, education, & poverty)
  • General market media places a negative face on communities of color – there is a misperception and distrust

The discussion ended with the media partners agreeing that they all need, and they will, do a better job in covering each other community.

Presented by

Asian American Business Development Center

100 Black Men in New York City

The New York Urban League 

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