The panel “Diversity in the Media” explored the idea of how media can have a lack of diversity and how when there is diversity in the workplace or in journalism stories, a whole race of people can’t be classified as thinking the same, because of this it’s harder to reach a wider audience. The panel also talked about the idea of stories being one sided such as police brutality. There’s actually a website called Cop block that’s about police brutality, and like some of the panel members mentioned with social media it’s easier to be a “journalist” and with no gatekeeper of any kind it’s really not an accurate look at journalism, plus not everyone can be a good journalist. The panel also brought up the idea of going places and talking to people to get an accurate journalist look.
You can use social media for references, but you can’t relay on social media and you can’t get your stories directly from social media. One of the panel members Nic used to work at a gay pride magazine basically and he talked about the idea of how in the media LGBT people are portrayed more white than anything else. He also said there’s so many different groups of people in the community, when they did the cover photo; someone was offended because their group wasn’t being represented. One thing that I found interesting was the idea of “diversity of thought.” I briefly mentioned this in the beginning, but it’s really the idea that people feel differently and how can you as a journalist represent all these views?
Everyone probably has a little bit of a basis, but you just have to forget that and you have to know a little bit of a variety of topics because you might have to cover them. Like Nic said he “even has to know a little bit about The Broncos, and I don’t like The Broncos.” The panel continued with the idea that you might get a negative feedback, one of the panel members has a talk show of some kind, and one day she was the host. She got a complaint as to why a black woman was hosting the show? She doesn’t want things get to her like that because she “can’t control the color of her skin, but if I get a complaint about something I can control like my hosting skills, that would bother me more.”
I personally feel like I learned quite a bit from this panel, the idea that you have to go out and find the story. You have to talk to multiple people maybe even some you don’t want to talk to, but that’s how you become a successful journalist. I also like the idea that having to reach the biggest possible number of people, and hearing all the differing opinions, that’s really how you grow as a journalist, you also grow from reading good and bad pieces of journalism. I learned a lot from this panel, I’m happy I went.