Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Thursday webinar to discuss book that says journalism culture must change to function in a diverse society

A free webinar at 11 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 3 offers an in-depth discussion of how journalism can keep its relevance and quality in an increasingly diverse society, as covered in the new book Reckoning: Journalism's Limits and Possibilities. From the book's website: "The book is about how journalists know what they know, who gets to decide what good journalism is, and how we know when it’s done right." 

Journalists could easily ignore criticism of sexist or racist coverage in the past, because most of them were white males and there were few ways for women or people of color to offer differing narratives, authors Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young argue. But the rise of social media and a more egalitarian society has brought more pushback against structural problems in journalism, and journalists can use that criticism as a diagnostic tool, they write.

Callison, Young and Navajo Times reporter Donovan Quintero will discuss how journalists and educators can change the culture of journalism and journalism education for the better in a diverse society. The moderator will be Dale Willman, who leads the new Resilience Media Project at Columbia University

Columbia's Earth Institute and the Society of Environmental Journalists are co-sponsoring the discussion. Click here for more information or to register.

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