Lydia Chavez

Local Reporting: Engaging & Representing Communities of Color 

Saturday September 8th, 3:30Pm

Local reporting plays a critical role in the context of building the cities and neighborhoods we live in, and local papers and media outlets have been particularly important for early-career journalists of color. Join Lydia Chavez, Founder of Mission Local and Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism in learning the important skills and techniques in pursuing local stories and op-eds, how to meaningfully and respectfully engage communities, and how to present new facets of a community and neighborhood, instead of reinforcing existing stereotypes.

About Lydia Chavez

Lydia Chávez started as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, where she served as El Salvador and South American bureau chief. In 2005, Chávez and her students collaborated to publish Capitalism, God and A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the Twenty-First Century (Duke University Press). And in 1998, Chávez published The Color Bind: California’s Battle Against Affirmative Action, which won the Leonard Silk Award (UC Press). She has also written op-ed pieces for The New York TimesLos Angeles Times and San Francisco Examiner and magazine pieces for The New York Times and Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazines and George magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalismm, a Graduate Diploma in Art History and a master’s degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is the founder and executive editor of Mission Local, a news site covering the Mission District that began at Berkeley in the fall of 2008 and became independent in the summer of 2014.