Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd protests are flashpoints for a new national conversation about race and power. Such are not unfamiliar issues for community and public media, which have had recent scandals in organizations of all sizes.
Beyond the headlines in community and public media are consistent tensions over culture and content. Ultimately, we desire a climate to support every diverse new leader, producer, volunteer and stakeholder to fully contribute to media and society. What can be done? Just as importantly, what IS being done to effectively address diversity, equity and inclusion? What have we learned so far? And how can rural communities, where populations may be older and white, adopt effective models to reflect more of what our shared future will be?
In this panel discussion, leaders from across the noncommercial media spectrum will convene to give their assessments of where we as media makers, organizers and concerned hearts and minds stand in creating change. We will appraise our status in areas such as programming, engagement, development and recruitment. We’ll also talk readiness and action. Attendees will take home essential principles and practices to build relationships of trust, accountability, and collaboration with our communities.