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Ralph Izard - Media Diversity
Ralph Izard

Founder of Media Diversity Forum

Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University
Professor Emeritus, Ohio University

Dr. Izard, founder of Media Diversity Forum, was professor emeritus, both at Ohio University and at Louisiana State University. Izard was on the faculty at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where he served as director for 12 years, and at the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU, serving as interim dean for one year. He specializes in ethics, First Amendment and journalistic writing. He was a Freedom Forum fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York from 1998-99 and editor of the Newspaper Research Journal, 1988-2000.

Dr. Izard passed away on September 3, 2020.

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Forum's Editors

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Masudul Biswas

Masudul (Mas) Biswas
Site Editor & Web Developer

Associate Professor, Loyola University Maryland

Masudul Biswas, Ph.D. conducts research in the intersections of diversity, media and/or politics/public affairs. He along with his colleagues examines how diversity is taught in Journalism and Communication programs. He posts and edits content on Media Diversity Forum's website. He also develops and maintains webpages of this website.


Jinx Broussard
Jinx Broussard

Jinx Broussard
Co-Editor, African American Issues

Professor, Louisiana State University

Dr. Broussard held numerous academic and professional positions before joining LSU’s faculty, where she focuses on public relations courses. She taught and served in a variety of positions at Dillard University, including co-chair of the Mass Communication Department from 2004 – 2006. She was the coordinator of a unique collaboration between Dillard University and the Manship School of Mass Communication. Broussard is a facilitator/ faculty member for the New York Times Summer Journalism Institute. As owner and president of Jinx Broussard Consulting and Public Relations, Inc., which she established in 1994, Broussard worked with a variety of businesses and organizations in New Orleans and beyond. She worked as the Louisiana Press Secretary for the Clinton-Gore Campaign in 1992 and served as press secretary to Mayor Sidney J. Barthelemy in New Orleans for seven years. She began her career as a reporter. Broussard was the first African-American to earn an undergraduate degree in journalism from LSU. She also earned her M.A. from LSU, where she completed a thesis entitled ‘Establishment of a Public Information Program for the City of New Orleans."More info

Dorothy Bland
Dorothy Bland

Dorothy Bland
Co-Editor, African American Issues and Diversity

Professor, University of North Texas

Dorothy Bland is a journalism professor at the University of North Texas. She is a former dean, and UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism earned AEJMC’s Equity and Diversity Award under her leadership in 2016. Bland worked 25 years in the news industry, including USA Today. She is an award-winning journalist and earned three Gannett rings for outstanding performance as a publisher. Diversity is among her research interests, and she teaches “Race, Gender and Media.” She earned her M.B.A. from George Washington University, and her B.S. in journalism from Arkansas State University.

Victoria LaPoe
Victoria LaPoe

Victoria LaPoe
Editor, Indigenous Issues

Associate professor, Ohio University.

Dr. LaPoe's research interests include construction of reality within television news, how it affects groups such as American Indians, political science, science communication, and emerging media. She is a co-author in an upcoming book by the University Press of Mississippi on the Media Lessons of Two Gulf Disasters – Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Victoria is an award winning journalist who worked in television news for thirteen years.


Nam Young Kim

Nam Young Kim
Editor, Asian American Issues

Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University

Dr. Kim is an associate professor in the mass communication department at Sam Houston State University. Her research interests focus on the effects of new media technologies on persuasion.


Forum's Former Editors/Contributors

Tracy Everbach - Gender Studies
Tracy Everbach

Managing Editor

Associate Professor, University of North Texas

Dr. Everbach is an associate professor of journalism at the University of North Texas and a former newspaper reporter. Her research interests focus on gender in media, including newsroom management, media coverage and sports. She worked as a newspaper reporter for 14 years, 12 on the Metro desk of The Dallas Morning News and two at the Boston Herald. She also is the 2012-2013 head of the Commission on the Status of Women for AEJMC. Dr. Everbach was formerly the assistant editor for the Media Diversity Forum's gender studies.

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Roslyn Satchel

Co-Editor, African American Issues

Associate Professor, Pepperdine University

Dr. Satchel is Associate Professor of Communication and an affiliate faculty member in the Social Action & Justice Colloquium at Pepperdine University. She is also an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. For more than 20 years, Dr. Satchel's global work as a human rights advocate for victims of violence and indigent/imprisoned women & children has distinguished her as an activist, scholar, and community organizer. She earned a PhD in Media & Public Affairs at Louisiana State University, a JD and a MDiv at Emory University, and a BA in Communication at Howard University. Dr. Satchel's recently released book, What Movies Teach about Race: Exceptionalism, Erasure and Entitlement brings her communication, legal, and theology backgrounds together to examine media systems and representations of race, gender, class, and other intersectional identities.

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Cristina Azocar

Co-Editor, American Indian Issues

Department Chair and Associate Professor, San Francisco State University

In 2001, Cristina Azocar completed her doctorate in Communication Studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, joining a miniscule number of Native American PhDs in mass communication. Her research explores news coverage of people of color and its impact on public perception.

Jaime Loke
Jaime Loke

Editor, Gender Studies

Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University

Dr. Loke is a member of the journalism faculty at Texas Christian University. Her research interests rest on the intersection of women and minorities, mass media and the new online public spaces. Additionally, her scholarly work relies on critical media and cultural studies theory in accompaniment to the more traditional journalism research.


Dane Claussen - LGBT
Dane Claussen

Co-Editor, GLBTQ Issues

Editor, Newspaper Research Journal

Dr. Dane S. Claussen is Editor of Newspaper Research Journal and a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University. He is the former James Pedas Professor and chair, Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations, at Thiel College; former Editor, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator; former executive director, ACLU of Nevada; and former professor/faculty chair, School of Communication, Point Park University. He is author of Anti-intellectualism in American Media; and editor/co-author of Sex, Religion, Media and two other books.


Gary Hicks
Gary Hicks

Co-Editor, GLBTQ Issues

Department Chair and Professor, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville


Dr. Gary Hicks is chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In his research, Dr. Hicks focuses on the impact of media on society's marginalized communities. He has done qualitative studies of media portrayals of lesbians and gay men, immigrants, and the disabled. His current research focuses on media portrayals of those suffering mental illness. His framework for studying these groups includes ethical theory, as well as critical and cultural theories. Because of his background as a newspaper reporter and as an associate producer in the southwest bureau of The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, he works to make his research relevant and applicable to the real-world work of media practitioners.

Maria Len-Rios

Co-Editor, Hispanic/Latino issues

Associate Professor, University of Georgia

Dr. Len-Ríos’ research focuses on inequalities in public relations and health communication. Together with colleagues and doctoral students, she has earned more than 9 Top Paper awards in national and international academic conferences across multiple areas - public relations, health and science communication, mass communication & society, popular culture and magazine research.

Dr. Len-Ríos has taught courses in cross-cultural journalism, public relations, public relations writing, strategic campaigns, master's thesis seminar, quantitative methods, mass media seminar and doctoral seminar courses. Click here for more information.

Melita Garza
Melita Garza

Co-Editor, Hispanic/Latino Issues

Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University

Melita M. Garza, Ph.D. is a media historian and qualitative researcher focusing on journalism as an agent of democracy and citizenship, including its role in constructing a social reality of what it means to be an American. For instance, her book, They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018) analyzes how English- and Spanish-language media constructed identities of Mexicans and Mexican Americans as either invaluable contributors to the US economy or disposable, deportable labor. Prior to receiving her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Garza was an award-winning journalist for more than two decades for the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, the Milwaukee Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Debra Mason
Debra Mason

Editor, Religion

Professor & Director, Center on Religion & the Professions, The University of Missouri

Dr. Mason brings more than 25 years of professional reporting, research, and teaching experience to her position. Her major religion and media research work includes a content audit of religion news spanning 50 years and the largest telephone survey of religion journalists. She edited the recently published Religion Reporting: A Guide to Journalism’s Best Beat, and co-edited Readings in Religion as News, a collection of religion news from the colonial era to the present. Mason also serves on the editorial board and is book review editor for the Journal of Media and Religion.