Diversity News

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Assistant Professor Rachel Grant and Journalism Associate Professor Bernell Tripp will be panelists at the 2020 online American Journalism Historian Association’s (AJHA) National Convention from Oct. 2-3. Grant, Felecia Jones Ross and Earnest Perry will be the panelists for “Black Women,…

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Posted: September 22, 2020

Rachel Grant, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism assistant professor, will be a featured speaker at the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information’s (CCI) 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Week. Grant’s presentation, “Contextualizing the History of the Black Lives Matter Movement,” will kick off the virtual…

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Posted: September 22, 2020

In this video interview, Dr. Rachel Grant discusses the new Narrative Justice Project and media’s coverage of racial injustice and its role in driving social change.

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Posted: August 14, 2020

Heading home with groceries recently in Gainesville, Florida, I darted my car onto a street in front of an oncoming SUV. A second later, there was a sheriff’s deputy behind me. No reason to believe he even noticed me, but yet my back stiffened in fright. With black men up to…

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Posted: July 14, 2020

Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications associate director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and Telecommunication associate professor, will moderate a conversation with #BlackLiveMatters founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi on June 25 at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted: June 24, 2020

Dear CJC Colleagues and Students: The killing of George Floyd is a tragedy of multiple dimensions. It is both despicable and intolerable that a Black man would be treated with such disdain by law enforcement that he would lose his life. This comes on the heels of the deaths of…

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Posted: June 2, 2020

By Taylor Johnson When April Rubin first applied for the NAHJ Facebook scholarship, she found out she was ineligible because of her freshman status. “Since then, I’ve been on the mailing list and just been looking out for the scholarship application to reapply,” said the rising junior at the University…

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Posted: May 27, 2020

The benefits of diversity in education, especially higher education, stretch far and wide — affecting students’ academic and social experiences, as well as having a direct impact on their future.

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Posted: May 20, 2020

When Report for America announced the selection of 225 journalists for its 2020-21 reporting corps recently, it shared welcomed news for those calling on newsrooms to better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve: 42 percent of this year’s corps are persons of color. This stands in contrast to the reality…

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Posted: May 11, 2020

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations seniors Giselle Garcia, Gernise Gregoire and Tamarra Thal received scholarships from The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations to attend the 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Summit on Nov. 8 in Chicago. The scholarships provide the opportunity for the students…

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Posted: August 30, 2019

Popular opinion in some academic circles has been that “big ownership” is bad for diversity. But does ownership structure or type really play a role in the diversity levels of on-air talent in local markets?

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Posted: August 23, 2019

Pat Ford, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations visiting  professional-in-residence, is the author of “Lessons from Leaders: More Progress, Fewer Platitudes” published in PRWeek on May 6. Ford reflects on his time and commitment to advocating for more diversity, inclusion and equity in the PR profession.…

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Posted: May 9, 2019