Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media Conference

Hamline University

Tue March 19th 2019 8:00 am – Wed March 20th 2019 5:00 pm (CDT)

Join us for Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media, an innovative conference that aims to equip media professionals to challenge racial narratives and build trust in local news media. Learn how to create more accurate, complete and trustworthy narratives by challenging racial bias -- for yourself, your work and your communities. The conference is the product of a collaboration between The Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Public Radio, KMOJ, Pillsbury United Communities, ThreeSixty Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, and Hamline University.

The Truth and Transformation conference exists to help media professionals and media educators collaborate with each other and with communities to:

  • understand the impact that racial narratives have on individuals, communities, and trust in media;
  • create and champion more accurate and complete narratives in news media, individually and collectively;
  • challenge and change systems that inhibit their ability to do so.

As a participant, you will:

  • Experience a personal connection to your own stories and develop respect and empathy for the stories of community members and colleagues 
  • Examine and challenge your own assumptions, biases and ways of knowing and place value on the strength of different world-views
  • Assume personal responsibility for how assumptions and biases can inform/impact your storytelling
  • Learn what you can do in your role to affect narrative change
  • Hear first-hand how individuals and communities are impacted by racial narratives
  • Engage collaboratively, respectfully and empathetically to amplify community-centered solutions to narrative change
  • Co-create practical strategies for achieving narrative change in your profession as a whole.

Register today! Conference attendance is free thanks to a generous grant from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations. Please select the registration option at right that best describes you. Space is limited, so please consider carefully your ability to attend. Conference participants are expected to attend on both March 19th and 20th. If you have any questions or need to cancel or change your registration, please email There is limited funding available for travel/lodging stipends to make the conference more accessible, if you are interested in applying for this please email If the cohort you are hoping to register with is at capacity, please email to be put on a waitlist.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration priority will be given to educators, students, journalists, editors, producers and other media professionals who make content decisions about news coverage and programming. If the conference has not reached capacity by March 1, we will invite media and communications professionals to attend based on the order in which they registered.


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Hamline University

1536 Hewitt Ave, St Paul, MN 55104, USA

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