Friday, March 4th


Reporting on Gender with an Intersectional Lens

What does it mean to report on gender-related topics with an awareness of race, class, and other intersections? How can people of all genders and backgrounds investigate matters that pertain to both their identities as well as identities other than their own? Where would you find ideas for focusing on gender-related topics, and how can you pitch those stories to a range of media outlets?

Tasneem Raja, an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, will moderate a virtual conversation on Friday, March 4, with journalists Natalie AlcobaLawrence AndreaAshley Okwuosa, and Kate Sosin to dig into these issues.

The conversation is co-organized by the Pulitzer Center and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, along with NLGJA and Women in Media. UC Berkeley is a Campus Consortium partner.


Speaker bios:

A person with wavy, shoulder-length dark hair, wearing a blue top layered with a black and gray scarf, smiling slightly while looking at the camera. The background appears to be a blurred brick wall, perhaps capturing the essence of Berkeley Journalism's vibrant atmosphere.Raja is the editor-in-chief of The Oaklandside, a nonprofit news site with a community-centered approach and a commitment to reporting for underserved local communities. Raja is a pioneer in data journalism and local nonprofit news startups, having co-founded The Tyler Loop, a nationally recognized community news platform in East Texas. She was a senior editor at NPR’s Code Switch and at Mother Jones, where the team she led helped build the first-ever database of mass shootings in America.


A person with curly brown hair and a neutral expression is facing the camera against a dark background. They are wearing a light-colored shirt over a dark top, along with a necklace. The lighting highlights the contours of their face and hair, capturing a thoughtful moment that could belong in Berkeley Journalism.Alcoba, a Pulitzer Center grantee, is a Argentine-Canadian journalist based in Buenos Aires. She writes extensively about the feminist movement in Argentina, and is interested more broadly in collective organization in Latin America. Alcoba has co-produced short documentaries on the impact of the pandemic on female workers, land occupations, and the legalization of abortion.



Black and white portrait of a smiling man with dark curly hair. He is wearing a checkered dress shirt and a tie. The background appears plain and minimalistic, evoking the focus and clarity often associated with Berkeley Journalism.
Andrea is a public safety and breaking news reporter for The Indianapolis Star. Before joining The Star, he covered politics and breaking news for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and PolitiFact Wisconsin. Andrea was a 2020 Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow who focused on the migrant crisis in Greece, including efforts by women to tell their stories and the stories of other refugees through their own photography and filmmaking.



A person with curly hair, wearing glasses, a black top, and red lipstick smiles while looking at the camera. The background is blurred to keep focus on the person's face, much like a striking profile shot you'd find in Berkeley Journalism.Okwuosa is a Nigerian journalist whose stories on immigration, education, and gender have been published in The Boston GlobeThe Christian Science Monitor, WNYC, Quartz, and others. She currently works as a reporter and researcher for Maternal Figures, an exploratory project documenting maternal health innovations in Nigeria. She also is a Pulitzer Center grantee.



A person with short hair, wearing black-framed glasses, a striped sweater, and a necktie sits at a desk, smiling while looking towards the camera. A partially visible laptop and blurred office background hint at their productive day in the Berkeley Journalism department.Sosin is the LGBTQ+ reporter for The 19th, focusing on transgender rights, incarceration, politics, and public policy. The 19th is an independent, nonprofit newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, politics, and policy. Previously, Sosin worked at Logo TV, INTO, Windy City Times, and NBC News, at the latter conducting deep-dive investigations into transgender prison abuse and homicides.



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Julie Hirano