Open newsroom: Race, inequality and Covid-19

By May 31, 2020COVID19, Public

MJA members are invited to join a Bureau of Investigative Journalism  open newsroom which will explore how race and inequality are influencing the impact of Covid-19.

The newsroom is taking place 1pm on June 4 — and you’ll need to request a place. This message from the BIJ gives details of the speakers, and how to take part:

Coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on people from black and minority ethnic groups, and whilst it may be some time before we fully understand why, it’s clear that structural inequality and racism will form part of the explanation.


Both have stood in the way of social justice since long before the pandemic, and will likely do so long after. However, coronavirus has meant that data, journalism and activism is now shining a light on this area at both local and global levels.

To bring some of those insights together, the Bureau Local and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Global Health team are joining forces to bring you our next Open Newsroom, on Thursday 4th June at 1pm. We’ll be discussing race, inequality and coronavirus with a panel of experts, who’ll be helping us understand the local and global issues underscoring health inequality, and how they might be addressed to create long-term change.


We’ll be joined by:

Yvonne Field, Founder and Managing Director, The Ubele Initiative.

Ubele supports BAME communities and has called for an independent public investigation into why and how BAME front line staff have been disproportionately impacted by coronavirus.

Mia Malan, Founder and Editor in Chief, Bhekisisa

Mia is an award-winning health journalist and editor, based in South Africa. She founded the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in Johannesburg.

Shavanah Taj, General Secretary of Wales TUC Cymru

Shavanah is General Secretary of Wales TUC Cymru and has been working with colleagues from the trade union sector and beyond to support and campaign on behalf of workers put at risk by structural racism and inequality.

We’re delighted to have such a great panel and are really looking forward to welcoming you to the event.

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