Experts to Discuss Evolving Nature of Mainstream Publishing Experience at LSU Reilly Center, Red Stick Reads Event

October 24, 2022

BATON ROUGE—Publishing has historically centered the narratives of the majority and sidelined those in the minority. The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will host “Diversity in Publishing” on Friday, Oct. 28, at Red Stick Reads, Baton Rouge’s only independent local bookstore, to explore the evolving diversity in the publishing industry.

The panel will feature storytellers, publishing industry professionals and historians who will highlight their experiences and steps needed to build toward equal opportunity in publishing.


  • Trinity Green, Moderator, President, LSU Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists
  • Jina DuVernay, Program Manager, Clark Atlanta University
  • Farrah Rochon, Author
  • Jacinta Saffold, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans
  • Krishan Trotman, Vice President and Publisher, Legacy Lit

“We’re excited to host this event in partnership with the LSU Reilly Center to highlight the continued evolution of the publishing industry,” said James Hyfield, owner of Red Stick Reads. “As a local independent bookstore, we aim to create a space that feels inclusive to our community and inspire a love of reading for all.” 

The event is Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Red Stick Reads, located at 541 S Eugene Street in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Admission is free and open to the public, but you must reserve your seat on Eventbrite by Thursday, Oct. 27. The event will also be livestreamed on the Reilly Center’s Facebook Page.

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The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

Red Stick Reads is owned by Tere and James Hyfield, a husband and wife team of book sellers. They recently shifted their pop-up bookstore to a permanent location. The boutique-style shop is a space for fellow book lovers in Baton Rouge to come together and connect over a shared love of all things books. They believe in the power of storytelling, and offer a carefully curated selection of books that they hope inspires and promotes a love of reading for all ages.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: Master of Mass Communication, Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs, Certificate of Strategic Communication and a dual MMC/Law degree. Like us on Facebook @ManshipSchool, or follow us on Twitter @ManshipSchool, Instagram @ManshipSchool and LinkedIn LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.