You’re invited to KU-ONA online summit: Telling Stories of Diversity in the Digital Age

By on November 30, 2011

Join the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Online News Association Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, for a student-led online summit, “Telling Stories of Diversity in the Digital Age.”

Presentations will focus on emerging issues in contemporary journalism, including net neutrality, media consolidation, broadband access in rural America, the role of citizen journalism in the Arab Spring and comic journalism.

The summit will open with introductory remarks from Associate Professor of Journalism Simran Sethi, who teaches the Diversity in Media class. “Opportunities for storytelling are unprecedented,” says Sethi. “We no longer need to rely on legacy media to share information or connection with one another. This evolution is particularly salient for diverse constituents who are marginalized or left out of mainstream discourse.”

Jeanne Brooks, ONA Community Engagement Manager, adds, “Access to information and an informed public are essential to a healthy democracy. We’re delighted to be part of the University of Kansas’ efforts to bridge the digital diversity divide, not only in the areas of ethnicity and gender, but across age, technology platforms and public policy."

ONA members and supporters are encouraged to attend. The summit will be streamed live on the School of Journalism’s website at and live-blogged on Twitter through the hashtag #digdiv.

Twitter participants will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to speakers. One Twitter participant will be picked at random by KU to receive a complimentary annual membership to ONA. For detailed schedule information, visit the Facebook summit fan page or contact; on Twitter at @simransethi.