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

PRSSA Kent Hosts Event in Collaboration with KSU Student Organizations

Kent State’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA Kent), in partnership with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), will present a conversation about diversity in the media on April 12, 2017 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 panel moderator Traci Williams, JMC senior lecturer, and panelists Amanda Leu, coordiantor of the College of Communication and Information's Office of Academic Diversity Outreach; Shanice Dunning, M.A. ’14, reporter at Cleveland 19 (WOIO); and Lorraine Schuchart, APR, founder and CEO of Prosper for Purpose.

Archived: Watch the Conversation

The discussion will shed 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 will also 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.” JMC 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,” said Thor Wasbotten, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:56am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 2:58pm