CNN Entertainment Correspondent Nischelle Turner to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Nov. 9 Event at the School

The 2nd Annual Unity Conference Will Promote Diversity in Journalism

Columbia, Mo. (Nov. 7, 2013) — CNN Entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner, BJ ’98, will be the keynote speaker during the 2nd annual Unity Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

2nd Annual Unity Conference
The 2nd annual Unity Conference will promote diversity in journalism and provide student journalists with foundational skills.

The interactive workshops will promote diversity in journalism, provide student journalists with foundational skills from professors and allow the School’s student journalism organizations to unite for a better understanding of diversity. Sessions will be held on documentary storytelling, sports journalism, ethics, religion reporting, anchoring, advertising, multiplatform storytelling and interactive reporting.

Nischelle Turner, BJ '98
Nischelle Turner, BJ ’98

Turner, who will speak after the luncheon, studied radio-television journalism at the School and is now based in New York. Since joining the network in December 2011, her work includes reporting live from the red carpet at the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars in 2012. Turner’s coverage from the Academy Awards was featured in the CNN special, “Road to Gold.”

The University of Missouri chapter of National Association of Black Journalists is organizing the event. The School’s Online News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian-American Journalists Association and the Radio-Television Digital News Association are serving as co-sponsors.

“Cultivating a sense of solidarity like this Unity Conference is a testament to how we as leaders in the Missouri School of Journalism can come together to truly achieve excellence and proactively encourage diversity through educating one another,” said Alexis Rogers, who serves as president of the NABJ-MU Chapter. “This is truly something special for students to be a part of.”

Updated: July 21, 2020

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