High school students attended annual Communications Day

On Tuesday, April 3, more than 130 students from six area high schools attended Penn State Beaver’s seventh annual Communications Day, which featured a theme of "A World Away. A Message Apart." The event was designed, organized and implemented by students in the Introduction to Public Relations and the Public Relations Methods courses taught by Juliette Storr, associate professor of communications.

Participating high schools were Aliquippa, Moon, New Brighton, North Hills, Riverside and West Allegheny.

The event provides high school students with an introduction to prospective career opportunities in television production, radio broadcasting, public relations, journalism and social media through a series of workshops led by communications professionals. It also offers Beaver campus students the opportunity to engage in daily logistics and details associated with communications.

Workshops featuring guest speakers were selected to highlight major segments and current trends in the communications field.

Social Media Workshop: Guest speaker was Steve Pearson, account services associate, Markowitz Communications, Pittsburgh.

Journalism Workshop: Guest speakers were Matt Farago, executive director, Champs Sports Network, Pittsburgh, and director of media relations, Johnstown Generals professional arena football team, and Matt Jones, freelance writer and 2010 alumnus of the Beaver campus communications baccalaureate degree program.

Public Relations and Marketing Workshop: Guest speaker was Aimee Gelston, president, Strategic Images, Pittsburgh.

Television Broadcast Workshop: Guest speaker was Rosemary Martinelli, independent media consultant, communications professor for La Roche College and the University of Phoenix, and two-time Emmy Award nominee.

Radio Broadcast Workshop: Guest speakers were Bob Barrickman, sports director, 1230 WBVP/1460 WMBA, Beaver Falls, and DJ Flick, assistant program and music director, 96.1 KISS Radio, Pittsburgh.

Senior communications majors Amy Green and Julie Leeper were coordinated the project. Beaver campus offers a bachelor’s degree in communications with options in journalism and corporate communications.

For information about the communications major or the campus, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact Storr at jms1015@psu.edu or 724-773-3575.

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Last Updated April 09, 2012