Continental backs journo convention

Continental Airlines has announced its sponsorship of the UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.‘s UNITY ‘08 Convention, to be held July 23-27, 2008, at McCormick Place West in Chicago. Nearly 10,000 journalists are expected to attend the UNITY ‘08 Convention, a collaborative effort between UNITY’s four alliance associations, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association that occurs every four years.

“Continental’s sponsorship of UNITY is a natural next step from our four- year relationship as Official Events Airline of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists,” said Ned Walker, senior vice president - worldwide corporate communications, Continental Airlines. “As a global airline, we applaud UNITY’s efforts to advocate for fair and accurate news coverage about our nation’s diverse residents.”

“UNITY is pleased to count Continental Airlines among supporters who care about advancing media diversity,” said Onica N. Makwakwa, executive director. “The support from Continental Airlines will enable us to focus our resources on supporting programming and student projects at the upcoming UNITY ‘08 Convention.”