WISCONSINREPORT.COM (06/27/08) - Not to be confused with the joint campaign rally appearance by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Unity, New Hampshire, a UNITY 2008 Convention in Chicago next month will feature a discussion with Obama and John McCain. The Unity 2008 Convention will be held by Journalists of Color. CNN will broadcast live in prime time the historic discussion with the presumptive presidential nominees July 24th.
The forum, which had been slated for a late-afternoon time slot, will be moved to 8-10 p.m. ET (7-9 p.m. CT) on Thursday, July 24, and is expected to reach more than 2 million viewers around the country and worldwide.
"As an organization representing journalists from a diversity of backgrounds, UNITY's forum will reflect a different brand of questions than the public has heard so far in the campaigns," said UNITY President Karen Lincoln Michel.
"Going prime time will show America what the future looks like in terms of the diversity of the press corps that should be covering U.S. politics and the race for the most powerful position in the free world," the UNITY president said.
The fourth quadrennial convention, which is themed "A New Journalism for a Changing World," is expected to draw thousands of journalists during the five-day event and Career Expo to be held July 23-27 at McCormick Place West.
UNITY is an alliance representing the nearly 10,000 members of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association - will host a dynamic lineup of events, speakers, workshops and discussions relevant to issues and change happening nationwide and globally.
The forum, co-sponsored by CNN and Time Magazine, will provide attendees a rare look into the candidates' positions on a wide variety of topics. During the forum, the presidential candidates are expected to address questions from a panel of working journalists representing all four alliance partners.
The presidential candidates from both parties have been invited and UNITY is working with their staffs to arrange for their attendance.
"The live broadcast of this major event is unprecedented for UNITY," said UNITY '08 Convention Chair Bryan Monroe, vice president and editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines in Chicago.
The forum will bring the major candidates to the stage shortly before the DNC and RNC conventions this summer, and give readers and viewers a unique chance to hear where they stand on issues facing an increasingly diverse America.