#EdShift Chat: How To Make J-Schools More Inclusive

    by Melissa DiPento
    September 22, 2017
    CUNY Journalism students at orientation. (Courtesy CUNY J-School)

    If journalists, educators and the public want to see changes reflected in newsrooms, we must start in the classroom. Newsrooms and classrooms alike often are not representative of the communities they serve.

    In this chat, we hope to explore the barriers to entry for diverse students communities interested in pursuing journalism, including the digital divide and financial obstacles. We’ll also discuss possible ideas and solutions to improving the current high school to undergraduate journalism pipeline. This will be a conversation for both students and educators, as we want to foster dialogue between these two groups.

    The chat was held on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Participants included: Amara Aguilar of USC Annenberg, Patricio Contreras of Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Kat Friedrich, editor at The Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Ted Gutsche of Florida International University, and Michael McKisson of the University of Arizona.


    #EdShift’s Melissa DiPento moderated the event. See the Storify below to catch up on the conversation.

    Tagged: digital divide diversity diversity in the newsroom inclusion

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