What is the role of journalism when it comes to gun violence? How do journalists advance  public discussion about something that traumatizes marginalized communities again and again? What questions should scientists and journalists be asking, and how can they work respectfully with these communities?

Join MLK50: Justice Through Journalism at the Science Writers Conference on Sunday, Oct. 23 for a free discussion, Gun Violence, Community Trauma, and the Journalist’s Role: A Memphis Conversation. Wendi C. Thomas, MLK50’s editor and publisher, will be in conversation with community organizer Ayanna Hampton, who recently lost her mother, Rev. Dr. Autura Eason-Williams, to gun violence. Eason-Williams was the district superintendent of the Metro District in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference, the pastor of Capleville United Methodist Church and an advocate for restorative justice practices.

Learn how MLK50 does news differently, and discuss tips that MLK50 has developed for journalists and their sources. 

The Science Writers Conference is offering free registration for community members. The panel will be from 4:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Renasant Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The deadline to register is Thursday. 

Register here: https://sciencewriters.regfox.com/sciencewriters2022, select the “Special Invitee” option and enter the code Wrx2wU.  We hope you can join us for this discussion. 

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