Green Bay Press-Gazette spotlights diversity in news media and local area

March 8, 2010

From Green Bay Press Gazette, March 1, 2010
by Karen Lincoln Michel, kmichel@greenbaypressgazette.com, (920) 431-8327

Diversity and its impacts on the media and our local communities are the focus of a series of upcoming events by the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The newspaper's diversity activities kick-off March 8 with a panel discussion at St. Norbert College on "Diversity and the Changing Media Landscape" and culminate on March 10 with a Diversity Day event with area college students.

"As the demographics of our area continue to change, it's important that we shine the spotlight on our diversity," said John Dye, executive editor of the newspaper. "As our understanding of each other expands, our community can continue to grow and prosper. We're proud to be involved in this series of events and invite our readers to join us in the community conversation about diversity."

The kickoff event, sponsored by the Ho-Chunk Nation and hosted by St. Norbert College, begins at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 8, at the F.K. Bemis International Conference Center on the St. Norbert College campus, 100 Grant Street, De Pere. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion, to be held in the Fort Howard Theater, brings together professionals from around Wisconsin to talk about the state of diversity efforts during challenging times facing the news industry. The one-hour and 15 minute discussion will be streamed live over the newspaper's web site at http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com.

Panelists are Brian Bull, assistant news director at Wisconsin Public Radio; Thomas Kunkel, president of St. Norbert College; Genia Lovett, president and publisher of the Post-Crescent of Appleton; and George Stanley, vice president and managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Karen Lincoln Michel, assistant managing editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, will moderate the panel.

The Press-Gazette is also partnering with the Green Bay Area Public School District on a regional essay contest for high school students. The essay topic is based on the familiar exhortation often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: We must "be the change...we wish to see in the world."

The Gandhi quote is also the theme for the school district's Sixth Annual Northeast Wisconsin High School Diversity Leadership Conference on March 10 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.

Winners of the essay contest will be announced at a reception immediately following the panel discussion. The three winners will each receive an award, a certificate and a Flip HD camcorder, sponsored by Gannett Co., owners of the Press-Gazette.

The newspaper's "shadow day' on March 10 offers seven area college students a chance to tag along with a Press-Gazette staff person to get hands-on experience in daily journalism. Students have been selected from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and NWTC.

Dye said the Press-Gazette is dedicated to strengthening its commitment to diversity, and these events will allow the public and area youth to learn more about efforts to report on our increasingly diverse community.