Media diversity takes center stage in series

Media diversity takes center stage in series Students come to the American Indian Journalism Institute to get experience and instruction in the field of journalism. They also gain insight from seasoned professionals through an informative lecture series.

Now, South Dakota Public Broadcasting is giving everyone a chance to hear these words of wisdom.

Beginning Sept. 26, SDPB Television will broadcast lectures from the "AIJI Lecture Series" on Sundays at 2 p.m. The first featured speaker will be USA Today and Freedom Forum founder Al Neuharth.

Other lecturers in the series include Victor Merina, former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Steve Coll, managing editor of The Washington Post.

Newsroom diversity is a common theme in the series. The latest statistics show a mere 314 Native Americans are employed at daily newspapers across the U.S. and, as Native American Journalists Association executive director Ron Walters points out in his lecture, native journalists can be agents of change and influence the public's perceptions of Native American people.

There will be 10 lectures in the series, which runs through November. The lectures will also be available at

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