our mission

Listen. Learn. Challenge. Change.

Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media is a community-media partnership that aims to change problematic racial narratives and their representation in local news media. The partnership was awarded a $332,000 grant from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations to organize a two-day statewide conference, March 19-20, 2019 at Hamline University, aimed at helping news professionals uncover their own biases and assumptions, and amplifying community solutions to narrative change.

 
 
 
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Listen.

What are the narratives of your life and your communities? Are they adequately and accurately represented in the news media?

Your insights, experiences and stories can help to make media more inclusive, diverse, relevant and trustworthy.

 
 
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Learn.

Are you a member of the media looking to expand your relevance, grow your audience, combat harmful narratives, and increase trust in news coverage? Join us at the Changing Racial Narratives in Minnesota Media Conference, March 19-20, 2019 at Hamline University in St. Paul.

 
 
 
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Challenge.

During the first day of the conference, participants will explore personal connections to their own stories and develop respect and empathy for the stories of community members and colleagues. Through this process, professionals learn to challenge their own assumptions and ways of knowing and place value on the strength of different worldviews.

 
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Change

Day two of the conference will focus on developing tools and strategies for narrative change in the news media profession as a whole. This portion of the conference has at its heart a commitment to amplifying community solutions for narrative change, which acknowledges that communities know how they want to see problematic racial narratives in the media addressed.