Bryan Monroe, editor of, will be the keynote speaker for “Diversity in Media: Covering the Total Community,” a forum about diversity in staffing and news coverage, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive.

The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists, LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and Baton Rouge Community College are partnering to present the event at BRCC’s Magnolia Performing Arts Theater. It is free and open to the public. There will be a question and answer period.

Monroe is a Nieman Fellow, former editor and news executive with Knight Ridder, a former vice president and editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines and a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. He led Knight Ridder’s efforts during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, helping the staff of the Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss., publish continuously throughout the storm and its aftermath. His and his team’s efforts were awarded with 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service.

Other panelists are Fred Kalmbach, managing editor of The Advocate; Vicki Zimmerman, Region 1 news director for Raycom Media, parent company of WAFB; Chuck Bark, news director at WBRZ; and Josh Grimm, an assistant professor at the Manship School whose research focuses on representations of race in journalism, particularly portrayals of immigrants and immigration legislation.

Maxine Crump, executive director of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, will be the forum moderator.