Diversity Speaker Series
Highlighting Minorities in the Media
The JMC Diversity Speaker Series exposes students to successful minorities who can serve as role model in the professions they are studying. In the 2012-2013 academic year, distinguished guest speakers included:
Sports Reporting and American Society
Dwayne Bray, a senior coordinating producer ESPN, offered students and faculty a candid exploration of the growing role of sports in American lives and how ESPN seeks to produce hard-hitting journalism about the teams and sports franchises which ESPN does business. "How do we report aggressively on teams when we have billion-dollar business relationships with sports leagues? We chase the best stories out there. Good stories are based on notebooks filled with good facts and figures," he said. "To build good stories, you have to work harder than everyone else."
Racist Images in Popular Culture
David Pilgrim, Ph.D., the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Michigan, engaged students and faculty in a provocative discussion about the effects of racist images embedded in popular culture throughout history. Pilgrim shared images that pandered to stereotypes of minorities or women and urged students to speak up when they believe a message is unfair, inaccurate or stereotypical. "You need to be the one to raise your hand and speak up when you something is wrong. Be passionate in the pursuit of answers about how we portray others."
The 'Visceral' Power of Photography
Jim Colton, internationally renowned photo editor who recently retired after a distinguished career at Sports Illustrated and Associated Press, spent an evening with JMC students, faculty and guests reflecting on the power of photography and its digital evolution. "For a photo to be effective, it has to be affective. A picture must evoke a visceral reaction in the viewer – crying, laughing, thinking." His multimedia presentation spanned a significant range of world and photographic history, from the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II through iconic photos of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also spoke about the enormous changes in photography. "What's happened in the last 10 years has not been seen before in our industry. The number of pictures in the last two years equals the total number of photos ever taken in history. We have so much to look at it, and a lot of it is crap. We need photo editors to filter and make sense of it. Photo editors are treasure hunters who find the gem in the box and get it published."