How Is Diversity Represented in the Media? JMC Conversation to Offer Insight, Perspective

Franklin Hall, FirstEnergy Auditorium (Room 340)

Kent State University’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), in partnership with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), will present a conversation about diversity in the media on April 12 at 7 p.m.

“Breaking Down Barriers: How Diversity Is Represented in the Media” will take place in Franklin Hall’s FirstEnergy Auditorium (Room 340) and feature panelists Traci Williams, senior lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Eric Mansfield, executive director of media relations, University Communications and Marketing; Shanice Dunning, M.A. ’14, reporter, Cleveland 19 (WOIO); and Lorraine Schuchart, founder and CEO, Prosper for Purpose.

The discussion will offer insight on the way journalists and public relations professionals work toward media coverage and messaging that is reflective of America’s vast diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and more. Potential topics include:

  • How Kent State works to craft messages that are distributed to students from all walks of life
  • How much thought goes into diversity and representation in local media and campus news organizations
  • How stereotypes and misconceptions are displayed in the media and what has been done to break down these stereotypes

Panelists will offer expertise in the areas of journalism and public relations, with plenty of opportunities for questions and interaction with student attendees. Representatives from the following student organizations have been invited to participate: Black United Students, Native American Student Association, Hillel, National Association of Black Journalists, Trans*Fusion and the International Student Council. Student media organizations including TV2, The Kent Stater, The Burr Magazine, Uhuru and Fusion also will participate.

In 2016, PRSSA Kent earned the Dr. F.H. Teahan Award for Diversity at PRSSA National Conference in Indianapolis. The Teahan Award is PRSSA’s highest honor.

This event is presented as A JMC Conversation. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication regularly hosts conversations on topics that permeate society.

“In doing so, we can prepare future journalists to report accurately and ethically on topics of local, national and global concern, and we can equip future public relations and advertising professionals to advocate for solutions,” says Thor Wasbotten, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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