Pressing Issues: Beyond George Floyd, Covering and Responding to Nationwide Civil Unrest

Beyond George Floyd

Covering and Responding to Nationwide Civil Unrest

A Toledo Press Club Virtual Conference

July 15, 7:00 PM (RSVP for login instructions)

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police has sparked the greatest civil unrest in a generation with nationwide protests calling for police reform and social justice. The Press Club of Toledo invites you to a Pressing Issues virtual conference on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. Hear from a panel of journalists on the front lines of the coverage and communicators charged with formulating responses for their companies and organizations. Together, we’ll explore:

  • The challenges faced by members of the media as they increasingly become targets of law enforcement or protestors while covering demonstrations.
  • The unique challenges facing black journalists and communicators.
  • The choices being made by companies and organizations as they consider how or if they should take a position and respond. Who did it well and who fell short? Does a lack of diversity in corporate communications and public relations hinder those efforts? Are we entering a new age of corporate activism?


Rhonda Sewell, Manager Governmental and External Affairs – Toledo Lucas County Public Library



Brandy Jones APR,  Vice President of External Affairs – Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority

Andrew Kinsey- News Anchor- WTOL 11

Precious Fondren- Features Reporter- Toledo Blade

Bri’on Whiteside- Education Reporter- Toledo Blade

Charles “Charlie Mack” Welch Radio Show Host and Program Director, WJUC FM 107.3