The Forum on Media Diversity, a partnership of the Manship School of Mass Communication and the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, is dedicated to national service by acting as a source of information and scholarship about diversity in the academic and professional realms of mass communication.
The forum is based on the ideas that representative and diverse coverage can determine the success of the news industry, and better journalism/mass communication education will help achieve this goal. For example, we recently conducted a survey that found an increase in diversity content in the curriculum of journalism schools. About 60 percent of the journalism programs at U.S. universities are offering at least one course on diversity, which is a 25 percent increase over what we found in an earlier survey several years back.
The foundation of the Forum’s site is its annotated bibliography on the multiple issues involving media and diversity--more than 2,000 articles from journals and books comprise its database--all accessible to you at the stroke of a keyword. Our intention is to provide one consistently updated source that serves as a valuable tool for educators and professionals.
Additional components of the site include a directory of diversity organizations and sites, special commentary and reports from conferences and workshops. Components of the site will vary according to the most contemporary information available.