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Greetings from the Sunshine State

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I’ve just arrived in Orlando, Florida, where I’ll be spending the next couple of days participating in this year’s National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention. I'll be speaking on two panels related to immigration, so if any Multi-American readers are in town, stop by and say hello.

Thursday morning I'll be joining Al Jazeera journalist Dima Khatib to discuss the coverage of Islamic communities in the United States during what has been a difficult and extraordinary period for Middle Eastern immigrants and their descendants. The panel starts at 10:30 a.m.

At 9 a.m. Friday I'll be on an immigration reporting panel with two journalism professors and an immigration attorney. We'll talk about how the news media has reported stories like that of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, and how to improve coverage of immigration issues.

The convention schedule can be downloaded here. I'll also be staffing the NPR booth on Thursday afternoon, so please come on by.