New Media/Socia Media/Multimedia: Where Is The Diversity?

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

I was scrolling through my Google Reader earlier this month when I read this Dec. 8 post on Steve Buttry’s informative blog on multimedia.  He was writing about News Foo, an invitation-only event that was (as Steve wrote) a “stimulating and thoughtful interaction with creative and innovative journalists, entrepreneurs, digital thinkers and technology pioneers.”  The event was held at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.  When I read Buttry’s post, my first question was “I wonder how many journalists of color were in attendance?”  You can see the list of attendees here.

I sent out some Tweets to people I would guess should have been invited.  A handful were, but chose not to attend for whatever reason.  But then this post from Retha Hill, director of the new media innovation lab at ASU – who did attend News Foo – offered more information.  And Hill asked the bigger question – why are new media conferences lacking in minorities?  That, in turn, led to a spirited live Twitter chat yesterday hosted by PBS Media Shift, which featured Doug Mitchell, chairman of NABJ’s Media Institute, among other things.  You can follow the chat at the #mediadiversity hash tag.  My big takeaway was one side saying “we don’t know where you new media journalists of color are” on one side and “here we are, but you ignore us” on the other.

Here at NABJDigital, we have worked hard to spotlight and champion journalists of color who we think are doing some interesting things on the new/social/multimedia side of the business.  Below are the ones we’ve done since starting this blog in October 2009.  If you know of others, PLEASE – let us know.!

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4 responses to “New Media/Socia Media/Multimedia: Where Is The Diversity?

  1. Thanks for the mention of my blog. At first I thought you were continuing the discussion of diversity that started in the comments. But on closer examination, I see that you didn’t actually mention that discussion and may have read before it started. Henry M. Lopez raised a question about diversity at News Foo in the comments: http://bit.ly/eDUFo5

    • I did end up reading the comments, and they were quite informative. But the one that really hit home for me was from Brad Flor, who said: “Protip: If you want to get invited to stuff like this, make interesting, novel things relevant to the new/media world and send them along to the people who organize events like this.” This is what we try to do here at NABJDigital; we will step up our efforts in 2011.

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  3. Pingback: Hey Mashable – How About Adding Some Color To Your Media Summit? | NABJdigital Blog

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