My TEDx Poynter talk: How war of images in George Zimmerman trial will shape future media coverage of race
Trayvon Martin: Thug or victim? George Zimmerman: Racist wannabe cop or misunderstood Samaritan?
By now, the war of media images embedded in Zimmerman’s murder trial for killing unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin is obvious. But how did it develop, and what does it mean for journalists covering race in the months and years to come?
I'll likely be exploring those questions at 11 a.m. today on CNN's Reliable Sources, appearing on an edition of the show after the departure of longtime host Howie Kurtz to talk about the aftermath of Zimmerman's not guilty verdict just eight days ago.
But I developed my ideas earlier in this new TEDx Poynter talk, based around a chapter I’ve written for a new book on journalism ethics in the digital age to be published this fall, developed by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, supported by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and edited by journalism heavyweights Kelly McBride of Poynter and Tom Rosenstiel, ex-director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
As part of Poynter’s third TEDx speakers’ series, I offered a talk based around that chapter; a conversation about the war of media images driving the coverage, and how journalists could navigate those waters.
Click here to read an early draft of the chapter, published by Poynter. And look below to see the talk, which was released just last week on YouTube: