Media Days to bring professionals to students

Professionals from media outlets around California are set to converge on Palomar for Media and Communication Days April 23-26.

Hosted by Palomar College, MiraCosta College and Cal State University San Marcos, Media and Communication days is a free, four-day event designed to cultivate interest in news media and mass communication. The event will offer students the opportunity to meet with journalists and media professionals through lectures and panels that will be open to the public.

The event will kick-off Monday, April 23 with a keynote address from Don Bartletti, a Palomar alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who won for his startling portrayal of how undocumented youths travel north from Mexico to the U.S. The keynote will be held at in the P-building, Room 32 at 7 p.m.

Don Bartletti said he hopes students get a better feel for the amplitude of responsibility and profound satisfaction that can come with working in the media.

“I want to show potential photojournalists and reporters how profoundly thrilling, gut-wrenching, joyous and historically responsible this profession is,” Bartletti said in an email. “I hope that today’s communication students will be inspired and realize that they can feel the same way.”

Day two of the event will offer a series of panels focusing on subjects from investigative journalism to social media. Panels will feature professionals opining on the emerging technologies and methodologies in the field while taking questions from audience members. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. until the final panel of the day at 2 p.m. on April 24.

Adviser to Impact Magazine and M.A.C. organizer Wendy Nelson said the event will be a good opportunity for students to rub shoulders with people who they may one day work for.

“I hope hearing people in the industry talking about their jobs will help students make a connection between their degrees and their potential careers,” Nelson said.

On April 25 Media Days moves to Cal State University San Marcos (C.S.U.S.M.) where a panel on internships and careers in communications will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Room ARTS 240 on campus. Associate Professor of Communications at C.S.U.S.M. and M.A.C. organizer Liana Rossman said that she hopes the event will shed some light on the opportunities communications degrees offer for students who don’t know what a communications degree can be used for.

“The real question is what can’t you do with one,” Rossman said. “I hope this will help students who are undecided figure out if they would be interested in communication.”

Finally, Media Days will wrap up at MiraCosta with a lecture called “The Secret Lives of Publicists” hosted by entertainment publicist and keynote speaker Steve Rohr. At the lecture, Rohr will chew over the trials of developing effective public relations strategies, execution and production.

Telescope adviser and M.A.C. organizer Erin Hiro said she hopes the event will empower students to ask questions, make connections and become more media savvy.

“We want to turn the tables and have students ask the journalists questions for a change,” Hiro said.

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Author: Shaun Kahmann

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