The School of Communications seeks to foster understanding of issues and perspectives that are inclusive. The purpose of the Media Diversity Lecture Series is to discuss issues and present perspectives relating to mass communications across diverse cultures in a global society.
Visiting Media Professionals Conduct Spanish Journalism Workshop:
In January 2017, Miriam Ruiz and husband Ivan Martinic, both guests of the School of Communications during fall semester, conducted a Spanish journalism workshop prior to returning to their home in Chile. Ruiz, a journalism professor at the Universidad del Desarrollo and Martinic, an editor at El Mercurio newspaper in Santiago, taught students that the ability to write in two languages makes a journalist more valuable in the workforce, and developing that skill will give a graduate a leg up on the competition.
Following a lecture on journalism in Latin America, eight News Media students worked with Ruiz and Martinic to research current events in Spanish-speaking countries and then write a news story covering those events. Their grammar, storytelling, and journalism skills were then critiqued and applied further using various workshop activities. Ruiz said BYU is uniquely qualified for bilingual journalism because of how many returned missionaries attend the school and that she is excited to see what they will accomplish in the future.
Myriam Ruiz Silva from the Universidad del Desarrollo presented the first lecture:
In October 2015, journalism Professor Myriam Ruiz Silva from the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile spoke about women in the media. Her lecture focused on the idea that women are generally the minority in news media and in the workforce. She comes to the United States yearly with students to document newsworthy events and to help her students get a different perspective on broadcast media. She was the first lecturer in the Diversity in Media Lecture Series.
Pat Wheeler from Morgan State University presented the second lecture:
In March 2016, the School of Communications welcomed Pat Wheeler, a distinguished guest professor from Morgan State University, in a faculty exchange program in which a communications professor from BYU visited Morgan State. In the several classes and meetings in which she spoke, she was able to share with BYU students her experience and perspective on the importance of communications while encouraging them to be good listeners and writers. Wheeler expressed a desire to return to BYU and to continue the exchange program in future semesters.