Newhouse Sports Media Center to host diversity forum

Chris Kluwe

Hello again. My work on my doctoral dissertation the past few months has, unfortunately, made me put this blog on a kind of hiatus. But the Newhouse Sports Media Center at Syracuse University - of which I'm honored to be a part - is hosting a wonderful event on diversity in sports media I wanted to share with you.

"Making the Calls: The State of Diversity in Sports Media in 2014" is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Newhouse School in Syracuse. Among the panelists will be Chris Kluwe, the former Minnesota Vikings' punter and activist for gay civil rights, who wrote for Deadspin a few months ago that he believes he was released in part due to his very public support of same-sex marriage. In addition, regional and national reporters, writers, broadcasters and editors will be on hand to discuss the importance of diversity in sports media, the challengers and issues that we as an industry face.

There will be individual panels involving management and decision makers; journalists and broadcasters; advocates; and women's issues. A complete list of the panels and panelists can be found here.

The event is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. If there is going to be live streaming or a webcast, I'll update this post with that information. The official hashtag is #MakingTheCalls