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Amplifying Diverse Voices in Your Coverage and Newsroom


May 21, 2021




Teresa Shaak



From small to large newsrooms, diversity, equity and inclusion are being successfully addressed.  Whether it’s been done by focusing on particular audiences, establishing a database of diverse sources, creating different language editions, hiring a more diverse staff or reporting on certain topics, how have they moved forward?  We’ll learn the paths – from baby steps to leaps – that have made a difference, grown readership and amplified diverse voices.

Moderated by Joyce Davis, Outreach and Opinion Editor, PennLive/The Patriot-News, Harrisburg. Featured panelists include:

  • Chris Baxter, Editor-in-Chief, Spotlight PA
  • Sandy Clark, Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue, WHYY
  • John Micek, Editor-in-Chief, Pennsylvania Capital-Star and Estrella-Capital
  • Hollis Towns, Vice President of Local News Initiatives and Atlantic Regional Editor, USA Today Network

This is another session in  the PNA Foundation’s special diversity webinar series Leading Local: The Media’s Impact on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

Joyce Davis is the Outreach and Opinion Editor for PennLive/The Patriot-News.  Before moving to Harrisburg, Davis was Associate Director of Broadcasting for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic.  In her senior role at the international broadcasting agency, Davis supervised hundreds of reporters and editors assigned to radio and internet services to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the countries of Central Asia.  Davis moved to the Harrisburg area in 2008 to accept the position of Vice President of Content for WITF. Davis spent five years as Director of Communications for the City of Harrisburg and supervisor of WHBG Channel 20, the region’s government and public affairs television station.  She also is founder and president of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, part of the World Affairs Councils of America network based in Washington.
Davis’s career includes working as Deputy Foreign Editor and Special Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers.  Davis worked from Knight Ridder’s Washington bureau in the National Press Club building and served as chair of the National Press Club’s Speakers Bureau.  Before joining Knight Ridder, Davis worked with National Public Radio, joining as Middle East Editor before being promoted to Deputy Foreign Editor. She also served NPR as Senior Foreign Editor and Director of News Staffing.  Davis began her career as a night side reporter for The New Orleans Times-Picayune, where she served as night City Editor, Assistant Metro Editor, consumer columnist and editor of an international Op-Ed column for the editorial page, an idea she initiated due to her early interest in global affairs.

This 60-minute webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 11 a.m., eastern time.

Registrants must have both a computer and audio/phone in order to participate.

There is no cost for PNA members.  Non-member fee: $20.

To register, complete the form below or email the PNA Foundation.  A confirmation with log in instructions will be sent to each registrant one or two days prior to the session.

Sponsored by the Calkins Foundation, the PNA Foundation’s Leading Local: The Media’s Impact on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity is a series of webinars focusing on systemic racism and bias and how news media companies in Pennsylvania can combat it.  Sessions will help publishers, editors, reporters, ad directors, HR managers and other leaders to address hiring, news coverage, advertising. product design and audience engagement in order to recognize, improve and impact diversity, inclusivity and equity.  



May 21, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Christopher Baxter is the Executive Director and founding Editor-in-Chief of Spotlight PA. His work as an investigative reporter and editor has regularly prompted meaningful change in the form of new laws and regulations, criminal investigations, resignations, legislative hearings, and more. Most recently, he was the editor for data and investigations at NJ Advance Media, where he led the newsroom’s highest-level investigative projects with a digital-first approach.  Previously, Baxter was the Mike Wallace Fellow in Investigative Reporting with the Knight-Wallace Fellowships at the University of Michigan and, before that, worked for four years as a statehouse investigative reporter in The Star-Ledger’s Trenton Bureau. He began his career as a local reporter for The Morning Call, Allentown.

Sandra Clark, MBA, is Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue at WHYY, the Philadelphia region’s leading public media outlet. Clark joined WHYY in 2016 and is a member of the station’s executive leadership team. She manages all news operations across radio, television, web, and digital media. She also leads the award-winning newsroom’s audience growth and diversification strategies and community engagement initiatives, manages local news partnerships, and partners with the foundations and donor departments on local and national news grants. Clark is a long-time vocal advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity, and closing the power and trust gap between journalists and communities of color. She is a contributing instructor/coach/mentor of emerging leaders for the Poynter Institute and serves as an executive advisor for the Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative. Clark is a past PAPME board president. She earned her B.S. in journalism at the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. from Arcadia University.
John L. Micek is the Editor-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star and a three-decade veteran of the news business. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.  Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.
Hollis R. Towns is an award-winning senior news executive who has a passion for news and community interests. He is currently Vice President of Local News Initiatives for the USA Today Network and Atlantic regional editor. Hollis oversees several regions and helps set the strategy and priorities for the local news division. He works closely with newsrooms and their leaders daily.   Towns began his career with Gannett in 2000 as managing editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was later promoted to executive editor and helped to oversee Enquirer’s daily news, weekly and digital products, as well as serve as liaison for Gannett’s northern Ohio properties.  Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Hollis was the managing editor of the Kalamazoo Gazette in Michigan.  He began his career as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he covered business, public safety, regional news, housing, civil rights and the 1996 Olympic Games.  Hollis is a member of a host of organizations including NLA, NABJ, ONA and IRE.