Juan González & Joe Torres Book Tour Stops at University of New Mexico
In partnership with the University of New Mexico Office for Equity and Inclusion, Media Literacy Project is hosting Juan González of Democracy Now and Joe Torres of Free Press in Albuquerque. González and Torres are touring their new book News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. The community is invited to a brown bag lunch (bring your own) and discussion with González and Torres on Tuesday, October 25th from Noon-2pm in the University of New Mexico Student Union Building Fiesta A & B. Light refreshments will be provided.
News for All the People offers a sweeping account of the class and racial conflicts in American news media, from the first colonial newspaper to the age of the Internet. Based on years of archival research, News for All the People reveals how racial segregation in the media distorted the news and highlights numerous examples of how publishers and broadcasters actually fomented racial violence through their coverage.
At the same time, González and Torres chronicle the struggle of Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American journalists to create a vibrant alternative and democratic press, which included forcing open the doors of the major media companies in the 1970s.
Fast-paced, story-driven and replete with portraits of individual journalists and media executives, the book weaves back and forth between the corporate battles and government policies that built our segregated media system—as when Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover gave a radio license to the KKK—and those who rebelled against that system, such as Pittsburgh Courier publisher Robert L. Vann, who led a national campaign to get the black-face comedy Amos ’n’ Andy off the air.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ , a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for commentary, is former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is a columnist for New York’s Daily News, and co-host of the nationally syndicated TV and radio news show Democracy Now! His previous books include Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, and Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse.
JOSEPH TORRES is the senior advisor for government and external affairs for Free Press, the national media reform organization. Before joining Free Press, he worked as deputy director at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years.
The book tour is co-sponsored by Democracy Now and Free Press.
For more information and press inquiries, contact Media Literacy Project Strategic Communications Director Hakim Bellamy at hakim [at] medialiteracyproject [dot] org, 505.828.3388
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