Wanda Lloyd, executive director of the Diversity Institute at the Freedom Forum, will speak to Belmont University journalism students and guests January 15 on the topic of whether racial diversity in the nation’s newsrooms really matters. Lloyd is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room A in the Beaman Student Life Center on the Belmont campus.
The event, presented by the Belmont University New Century Journalism Speaker’s Series, is free and open to the public and the news media. Journalists, educators and students are invited and encouraged to attend. Click Here for a copy of the New Century Journalism Speakers Series poster.
The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute in Nashville is a program to develop a new pool of journalists of color, and trains non-traditional students to work at their local daily newspaper in the United States. Most students are making a career transition into journalism. The Diversity Institute faculty includes career professional journalists and guest trainers and speakers. The program has 35 graduates in its first two years.
Lloyd was formerly managing editor at The Greenville (S.C.) News. Before that, she was senior editor/days & administration at USA TODAY, where she served earlier as deputy managing editor/cover stories and managing editor/administration. She also worked at the Providence Evening Bulletin, Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal and The Washington Post. She served for two years as a Pulitzer Prize juror, and is a member of the American Press Institute’s News Advisory Board, the board of directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the advisory board of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the board of trustees of Spelman College, and the Accrediting Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Belmont University’s New Century Journalism program is designed to prepare students to work in newsrooms across broadcast, print and online media platforms.