NBC Universal, which faced some tough questions on Capital Hill last week about the proposed NBC Uni-Comcast venture’s commitment to diversity, will have a major presence at the July 28-Aug.1 convention and career fair of the National Association of Black Journalists in San Diego, highlighted by an appearance by NBC Uni president and CEO Jeff Zucker.
According the event’s schedule, NBC Uni will sponsor four sessions, the only media company to do so, with company’s reporters and executives also appearing on nine other panels. Among the NBC Uni 4 sessions is a panel featuring Zucker about the new J.J. Abrams drama series Undercovers, which stars two black actors, Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson will moderate the panel, the only one at the convention dedicated to an entertainment program, which also includes Kodjoe and NBC Uni’s chief diversity officer Paula Madison. Completing the NBC Uni theme at the convention, NBC News and its local TV stations will receive NABJ’s Best Practices Award, and Paula Madison will receive its Legacy Award.