Binder Con Live Portland

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Binder Con Live Portland
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Meetup with other Portland binders and watch BinderCon Live, streamed from New York City! Admission is free. This event is organized by Kirstin Kelley and Sarah Meyer, with an appearance from special guest Sarah Mirk (Bitch Media online editor) and mingle to follow!


Journalism and Social Justice
Sarah Maslin Nir (New York Times), Jennifer Gonnerman (The New Yorker), Ginger Thompson (ProPublica), Stacia Brown (Baltimore-based professor and reporter for The Atlantic, Salon, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere), moderated by Alizah Salario (freelance journalist)

When hidden or unknown stories are brought to light, journalism has the power to raise awareness, shape policy, and change minds. This panel will focus on how journalism can affect social change, with an emphasis on civil rights issues, race, gender, sexuality and how they all intertwine. Panelists will address the following questions: How do you maintain objectivity in the face of atrocities and injustices? If you have a personal connection to a topic you’re reporting on, how do you prevent bias, or deal with accusations of perceived bias? What are some of the challenges of reporting with the public’s interest in mind? Do you find that others mistake your journalism for activism or advocacy? How does an understanding of structural systems of oppression inform your work?

Suki Kim is the author of a New York Times bestselling investigative memoir, Without You, There Is No Us, My Time with the Sons of North Korean Elite. Her first novel, The Interpreter, was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize. Since 2002, she has travelled to North Korea as a writer, witnessing both Kim Jong-il’s 60th Birthday celebrations as well as his death at age 69. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, and the New York Review of Books. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, and an Open Society fellowship. Born and raised in Seoul, she lives in New York.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a journalist, MacArthur fellow, and the author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx (Scribner, 2003). The result of twelve years closely following the lives of her subjects, the book chronicled the impact of poverty in one extended family. She has been a fellow at the Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars at the New York Public Library and the American Academy in Berlin. She is a currently completing a nonfiction book about standup comedy for Random House.

Presentation by Sarah Mirk + mingle!
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By: Out of the Binders, Inc.