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WVU panel to focus on coverage of race issues

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Professors at the Reed College of Media think they’re training the best and the brightest of future journalists in West Virginia and across the nation.

That’s why the college’s administrators and the Center for Black Culture and Research invited a series of media experts to the school to speak about the vital role of media in communicating incidents involving the color of one’s skin in “More Than a Beat.”

“These front-line journalists are changing the way we look at race, are reporting on the militarization of our local police and are raising lots of new and interesting questions about how journalism functions in society and affects all of us,” said Joel Beeson, a journalism professor at West Virginia University.

Speaking at the event at 7:30 p.m. in G21 Ming Hsieh Hall are the following experts: Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, Ryan Reilly of Huffington Post, Chelsea Fuller of Youth Criminalization with the Advancement Project and Errin Whack, an independent journalist.

Each of these experts bring something different to the table.

“We want to make sure that our up-and-coming journalists understand the kind of impact their reporting on race related incidents can potentially have,” said Marjorie Fuller, director of WVU’s Center for Black Culture and Research. “Ferguson, Cleveland and Baltimore—as tragic as they were—have opened our eyes in a sense…

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