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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Diversity in American Media: LGBTQ Stories and Storytellers

Description:
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.
Start Time:
11 a.m.
End Time:
9 p.m.
Room:
Orem A
Venue:
Riggs Alumni CEnter
Web Address:
scholars.umd.edu/diam
Email Contact:
bparks@umd.edu
Other Contact Information:
Benjamin Parks 301-314-0176
Event Sponsor
Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, College Park Scholars, Merrill Graduate Student Association, NLGJA, BuzzFeed
Ticket Information
http://www.eventbrite.com/org/3700496411?s=13993483
Event Directions
riggs.umd.edu/map.html


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