BLACK MEDIA STORY SUMMIT
2020 NATIONAL BLACK MEDIA STORY SUMMIT
JUNE 23-25, 2020
Tuesday — Virtual Town Hall 7:00PM EDT
Wednesday — Panel Discussions, 2:30-4:30 PM
Thursday — Virtual Watch Party, 2:30-4:30 PM; and 40th Anniversary Celebration, evening
2020 SUMMIT FOCUS: DISTRIBUTION
Black Public Media has trained, funded and supported Black stories since 1979. The National Black Media Story Summit, now in its second biennial convening, invites networks, content creators, and content distributors to come together online to continue discussing the state of Black stories across commercial, XR, and public media. Much has changed since our inaugural summit in 2018 (read our Black Paper, which provides an overview of that summit). This year's gathering will focus on distribution, featuring several concurrent online panel discussions about how Black storytellers can gain more control over the distribution of their work. Occurring in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, this Story Summit will also explore how some creatives in our community are traversing new ground and making new partnerships to ensure their work is distributed and that the needs of Black audiences are served.
Join us as we discuss the most pressing issues in the content pipeline, hear from leading creatives, and top executives and brands eager to connect to Black talent and support Black stories across all platforms.
THE BLACK PAPER
BPM convened the inaugural Black Media Story Summit on April 6, 2018 to assess and address deeper systemic challenges across the media industry with the ultimate goal of developing multi-sector partnerships and building a collective of professionals focused on creating an environment for Black content to grow and thrive. The diverse range of professionals included Black thought leaders, activists, commercial and public media professionals, financiers, philanthropic funders, and Black content makers. The sessions focused on everything from content production to financing and distribution and emerging media.
The Black Paper provides an overview of the issues concerns and recommendations raised by those who participated in the inaugural Black Media Story Summit.
2020 BLACK MEDIA STORY SUMMIT PROGRAM
JUNE 23, 7 p.m. — BPM Virtual Town Hall: Covid-19 and the Creative Economy
JUNE 24, 2:30-4:30 PM — Panel discussion series on Rebuilding the Distribution Ecosystem (this is a limited capacity event, pre-registration is required)
JUNE 25, 2:30-4:30 PM — Salute to Marlon Riggs and conversation with his contemporaries about his impact.
June 25, evening — 40th Anniversary Virtual House Party
Details to come
Photo credit: James Brooks