Thursday, April 25, 2013
Diversity in American Media: LGBTQ Stories and Storytellers
Contemporary issues of diversity permeate the ever-changing social landscape. In this environment, the media plays an increasingly vital role in telling the stories of underrepresented communites. This initiative--funded by a grant from the University of Maryland Office of Diversity and Inclusion--is designed as a launching point for greater engagement and understanding.
Our inaugural event, "LGBTQ Stories and Storytellers," highlights the stories--from reports on the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" to coverage of the landmark marriage cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court--as well as the storytellers--LGBT journalists who often play a dual role in constructing these narratives.
This free daylong event is meant to engage the University of Maryland and surrounding communities in a conversation about coverage of LGBTQ issues and newsroom identity.
Two panels will feature prominent LGBTQ journalists. The first, at 11 a.m., will examine LGBTQ stories; the second, at 4:30 p.m., will focus on LGBTQ storytellers. MSNBC anchor and Maryland native Thomas Roberts will deliver our keynote address at 7 p.m.
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Other Contact Information:
Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, College Park Scholars, Merrill Graduate Student Association, NLGJA, BuzzFeed