New Ways: HIV in More Than Black and White: Why the Good News Tide Isn’t Raising All Boats and the News Stories Being Missed in Louisiana and Beyond


Friday, August 30, 2019    
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm


Pelican I
444 St Charles Ave, New Orleans
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Learn HIV news skills and strategies for any beat. We delve into Louisiana – such as its high rates of incidence, the need to get the word out about U=U, relative low rates of PrEP – for case studies of strong and untold stories, with implications and ideas for coverage beyond the Pelican State while showing how you can get info for your area. Plus we’ll examine winning techniques for telling the human sides of these stories and more. Come away with new data, investigative, feature writing and other journalism techniques. This New Ways New Orleans session is part of NLGJA’s work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Partnering and Communicating Together (PACT) to Act Against AIDS, with the campaign shifting to Let’s Stop HIV Together.

Moderator: Femi Redwood
Panelists: Dorian-Gray Alexander, Jesse Ehrenfeld

DORIAN-GRAY ALEXANDER is a self-made expert on living with HIV since 2006 and an activist who embraces life. He hosts “The Proof Positive Show” on WHIV-LP 102.3 FM community radio,, in New Orleans. Committed to public service and social justice, he serves on many community boards. He can also be seen hitting the streets as a 610 Stomper, a 100-man strong all-male dance group.

JESSE M. EHRENFELD, M.D., MPH, is the chair of the American Medical Association. He is also the Joseph A. Johnson Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the departments of anesthesiology, surgery, biomedical informatics and health policy. He was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in 2014.

FEMI REDWOOD anchors the weekend evening newscasts and is a reporter during the week at NBC 25 and Fox 66 News. She enjoys covering breaking news but also loves telling stories that matter to the community. Her goal is to always be a better journalist today than she was yesterday. Redwood grew up in Delaware and South Carolina but calls Brooklyn, New York, her home. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and NLGJA. Redwood is a graduate of Jackson State University, a historically black college in Mississippi. She jokes that she is “Jamerican” (Jamaican and American), and is always looking for a great place to find Caribbean food. She is obsessed with antique furniture and vintage clothes.

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