Public Forum to discuss ‘Trayvon Martin and the Media’ on May 7

The public is invited to attend a free forum, “Trayvon Martin and the Media” from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, May 7, at the University of South Florida’s Patel Center for Global Solutions, 11710 Maple Drive, Tampa, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists in partnership with USF News.

Moderated by Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times’ Brandon bureau chief, the forum will feature a panel of local media and law experts who will discuss the media coverage of the case, how social media played a role in news coverage, the Stand Your Ground law, and other legal aspects of the investigation.

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Panelists will include:

• Rev. Charles McKenzie, director of the Florida chapter of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition;
• Eric Deggans, media critic at the Times;
• Kenneth Minton, an adjunct professor at St. Leo University and Hillsborough Community College, who is a former sheriff’s deputy and Stand Your Ground law proponent; and
• Karin Moore, an Orlando-based defense attorney and FAMU professor.

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Map and Directions to the Patel Center:

From the East: Take I-4 west to exit 9/I-75 north. Travel north on I-75 for 3.8 miles to exit 265/Fowler Ave. Head west on Fowler Ave. 4.4 miles to the university’s main entrance at Leroy Collins Blvd. Make a right at Alumni Dr. and another right at Maple Dr., which will bring you to the parking lot for the Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions (CGS).

From the West/Tampa International Airport (TPA): Take I-275 north to exit 45B/1-4 east. Travel east on I-4 for 8.1 miles to exit 9/1-75 north. Travel north on I-75 for 3.8 miles to exit 265/Fowler Ave. Head west on Fowler Ave. 4.4 miles to the university’s main entrance at Leroy Collins Blvd. Make a right at Alumni Dr. and another right at Maple Dr., which will bring you to the parking lot for the Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions (CGS).

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists strives to help ensure diversity in area media and accurate, balanced coverage of communities of color while serving as a resource for both established and aspiring communicators. TBABJ was recognized by NABJ in 2010 as Chapter of the Year.