Reporting on Social Change 50 Years After the Watts Riots


Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 5 p.m.

How is the aftermath of civil unrest covered? How does it impact communities? How can it be improved?

August will mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Watts riots. In the shadow of contemporary racial tensions, the forum will explore how anniversary coverage can be an opportunity to investigate lingering structural problems while highlighting positive social change in the impacted area in South Los Angeles.

The forum will feature community organizations and media that have been exploring solutions-oriented coverage.  Community organization partners are All Peoples Community Center, Coalition for Responsible Community Development, Community Coalition, Community Health Councils, and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. Media partners are La Opinion, LA Sentinel, Hoy, LA Wave, KPCC, Intersections South LA, and students from the journalism program at Augustus Hawkins High School. The Metamorphosis Project, Intersections South LA, and the Civic Engagement and Journalism Initiative directed the initiative.

The panel will also include South LA resident and writer Larry Aubry who will share his memories as a probation officer during the Watts riots, His daughter, journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan, who covered the 1992 Rodney King riots, will join him in a discussion of the role of South LA news coverage.

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