Local POV of President Biden's Morehouse Speech, His Black Community Support & more w/Donnell Suggs

39m | May 21, 2024

Your Heard Tell Show is turning down the noise of the news cycle and getting to the information we need to discern our times by talking about President Joe Biden's trip to Atlanta to campaign and deliver the commence address at Morehouse College, which brought national media attention and ongoing narratives. We skip all that and turn to Donnel Suggs, Editor-in-Chief of the Atlanta Voice who covers the black community in Atlanta that President Biden was seeking to reach out and campaign to. Donnell explains the background of Morehouse College and why it carries such significance in the black community, the protests and narratives that came from the president's speech and campaign stops, takes us behind the scenes of being in the reporting pool for a presidential visit, and talks the differences between local coverage and national reporters who come just for the big story. Plus, we talk about the importance of local journalism during an election year, ask if the black community is getting talked to or talked at by the campaign, the importance of HBCUs in that community, and how to cover a growing place like Atlanta undergoing generational and rapid change.

All that and more on this episode of Heard Tell.

Read Isiah Singleton's piece on President Biden at Morehouse here:

Read Donnell Suggs coverage of Spelman College here.

Read Laura Nwogu piece on Georgia Tech graduation here.


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