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Friday, August 23 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Beyond Barriers: Getting Good Stories Without Knowing The Language or Culture

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Often, we journalists think we can't tackle assignments demanding that we speak the sources' native tongue or have intimate understanding of a local community or culture. It's not so. In this session, we show specific multimedia examples of how monolingual reporters surpassed these challenges. We also offer tips from bilingual reporters tapped to help out their colleagues - and this is the inside knowledge they share - allowing folks to progress on their own, whether their beat is cops, courts, features or GA.

Twitter: @aaja, #beyondbarriers

Location: Sutton North 

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Anh Do

Staff Writer, L.A. Times
Anh Do covers multicultural communities and issues at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she served as vice president of Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language publication in the U.S. She has also worked at Dallas Morning News, The Seattle Times and Orange County Register. Her work has been honored by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and AAJA. Anh is the recipient of the Dart Award for Excellence in... Read More →
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Peter Hong

Reporter, L.A. Times
Peter Hong spent 15 years reporting on people in L.A. - many of whom are not primarily English speakers - for the Los Angeles Times. Whether interviewing Salvadorans in South Los Angeles, Vietnamese in San Gabriel Valley or Soviet Jewish refugees in Hollywood, he showed that writing effectively about economics, politics, education and culture requires speaking to all who now form our mainstream. His reporting philosophy was: Neglecting anyone... Read More →
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David Ono

Anchor, ABC7 Eyewitness News
David Ono anchors the No.1-rated newscasts in Southern California on ABC7. His thoughtful reporting shines as he has witnessed history worldwide. He has covered Hurricane Katrina, Haiti's earthquake and Japan's tsunami; traveled across Europe and Asia chronicling brave acts of the Nisei soldier from World War II; attended the Royal Wedding in London; tracked drug runners through Central America; witnessed white smoke at the Vatican... Read More →
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Kyra Phillips

Raising America with Kyra Phillips, CNN
Kyra Phillips anchors CNN's Raising America, focusing on news stories told through a parental lens and how they impact modern American families. She joined CNN in 1999 and moved to HLN in August 2012, leading the network’s 2012 election coverage. Kyra completed four tours of reporting in Iraq, covering war, substance abuse, Baghdad School for the Blind and an exclusive look inside Saddam Hussein’s cell and diary, winning... Read More →

Friday August 23, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
New York Hilton Midtown 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019