Emerging issues in contemporary journalism – A discussion co-hosted by the Online News Association and University of Kansas School of Journalism

The University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications will co-host a digital diversity summit with the Online News Association (ONA) on December 3, as part of the J534 Diversity in Media class.

The student-led summit will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST and will focus on emerging issues in contemporary journalism including: net neutrality, media consolidation, broadband access in rural America, the role of citizen journalism in the Arab Spring, and comic journalism.

The summit is open to interested members of the public to attend either in person or online.

The entire discussion will be livestreamed on the J-School homepage and liveblogged on Twitter under the hashtag #digdiv. Virtual attendees will be encouraged to tweet questions to the speakers and to actively participate in the discussion.

Telling Stories of Diversity in the Digital Age

Saturday, December 3, 11:00am to 4:30pm CST

Attend in person: University of Kansas, Stauffer-Flint Hall

Open to the public, no charge to attend.

Livestream: http://www.journalism.ku.edu/

Twitter: Follow and participate using hashtag  #digdiv.

Facebook: Join the event Page (includes links to resources from the 2010 Summit)

Schedule of presentations (all times in CST):

11:00 – 11:05: Welcome from Simran Sethi, Associate Professor, KU William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications (@simransethi, @KUJournalism)

11:05 – 12:20: Net Neutrality and Media Consolidation

  • Openness and Access: The Two Pillars of Internet Policy, Timothy Karr – Campaign Director, Free Press (@TimKarr, @freepress)
  • Media Policy for Social Change and Movement Building, Amalia Deloney – Media Policy Field Director, Center for Media Justice (@guatemalia, @mediajustice)
  • Putting Toll Roads on the Information Superhighway, Michelle Janaye Nealy – Freelance Reporter and videographer (@michellejanaye)

12:25 – 1:40: Bridging the Digital Divide

  • Digital Divide(s): A Look at the Data, Kathryn Zickuhr – Research Specialist, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project (@kzickuhr, @pewinternet)
  • Myths about the Digital Divide, Jessamyn West – Community Technologist, MetaFilter.com (@jessamyn)
  • Crossing Digital and Social Divides in Los Angeles, Kathleen Patton-Kimmel – CEO and President, Crossing the Digital Divide (@cddnp)

1:45 – 3:00: Grassroots Media on the Global Stage

  • The Revolution Will Be Tweeted: The Effective Use of Social Media in The Arab Spring, Dima Khatib – Latin America Bureau Chief, Al Jazeera (@Dima_Khatib)
  • Graphic Voices: Comics Journalism and the Power of Non-fiction Visual Storytelling, Dan Archer – Comics/ Graphic Journalist (@archcomix)
  • Mobilizing Friends and Followers: Effective Grassroots Activism and the Role of Social Media, Lisa Dougan – Director of Field Outreach, Resolve (@lisadougan)

3:05 – 4:20: Accessibility and Opportunity

  • The Best Day of My Life So Far, Benita Cooper– Founder and Executive Director, The Best Day of My Life (So Far) (@bestdaysofar)
  • Seeing Anew: iPads and Cortical Visual Impairment, Dr. Muriel D. Saunders – Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas Life Span Institute
  • App 911: The Use of Technology in Disaster Communications, Daniel Schaefer – Doctoral Candidate in Communications, Journalism and Mass Communication Technology Coordinator, University of Colorado-Boulder (@@schaefd

4:20-4:30: Closing remarks from Jeanne Brooks, Community Engagement Manager, Online News Association (@jmfbrooks, @ona)

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