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Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication Presents

Networked News, Racial Divides

9/20/18, 4:00 PM

About this event

Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities

Why do progressive communities have such a hard time talking about race? In this discussion, Robinson will explore the obstacles to public discourse about racial inequalities and also review some recommendations for how to go about building trust in today’s multi-cultural, digitized world. She’ll frame out how our local communities’ information streams are being reconstituted by digital platforms like Facebook and all of the new actors in that content production, noting why some voices get heard more than others. This research uses the K-12 education issue of racial achievement disparities as an exemplar to thinking about privilege and power in deliberation. This work draws on eight years of analysis of community dialogues, interviews with journalists, politicians, activists, and citizens, textual analysis, and deep case study of five cities -- Chapel Hill, NC, Evanston, IL, Ann Arbor, MI, Cambridge, MA, and Madison, WI. Robinson will also share her own racial journey as a White progressive during this research.

This event is free and open to the public.

Our speaker:
Sue Robinson (PhD, Temple University, 2007) holds the Helen Franklin Firstbrook Professor of Journalism endowed research chair at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here she researches and teaches about digital technologies like social media, journalism studies, reporting skills, multimedia, and information authority. She lives in Madison with her husband and two children.

Event Location
  • Murphy Hall, room 100
  • 206 Church Street SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA
This event is presented by Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication