Jacksonville Today and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund presented ‘A Conversation with Jelani Cobb,’ Columbia Journalism School Dean, staff writer for The New Yorker, and noted author. Jelani Cobb joined Jacksonville Today reporter and Northeast Florida National Association of Black Journalist (NEFLNABJ) member Will Brown on stage for a conversation about the future of journalism, empowering our communities, family and other topics affecting the African Diaspora.
Cobb and Brown’s discussion left attendees with some reasonable takeaways on how Black history in Florida needs to be referenced with the acts of today, along with the oppression of voting throughout the nation. The conversation also explored if journalism would gain trust again with the communities they serve. Cobb shared that to be trustworthy; journalist/media companies have to give trusting information. He received applauses throughout the event for his candor on issues of race and personal success. “This was an awesome opportunity to hear a scholar speak on black history, education and politics in the Black community,” said Al Pete. Dr. Cobb has been dean of the Columbia Journalism School since 2022.