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Bowie State University Department of Communications to Host Third Annual Media Day

March 16, 2012

(BOWIE, Md.) - Individuals interested in communications professions can learn how to launch their careers and interact with professionals from the worlds of television, radio, public relations and the music industry during the Bowie State Department of Communication's Third Annual Media Day on Tuesday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event takes places at the university's Fine and Performing Arts Center and is open to students, alumni and the general public.

"Our annual Media Day provides our students and alumni with an opportunity to gain valuable information from exceptional media professionals," says Dr. Otis Thomas, chair of the Bowie State University Department of Communications. "It also promotes  Bowie State in the media and technological worlds."

The theme of this year's Media Day,  "Getting Your Foot in the Door: How to Prepare for a Career in Communications," focuses on strategies aspiring communicators can use to secure an internship, land a first job and launch a successful career path in various communications fields.

Attendees will gain insight into various communications opportunitieis and will learn strategies for succeeding in the ever-changing global media marketplace from an esteemed group of panelists including:

  • Del Walters, WTOP Radio/Investigative Reporter/Independent Filmmaker, Washington
  • Derek McGinty, Nightly Anchor, WUSA-TV 9, Washington
  • Stan Stovall, Anchor, WBAL-TV, Baltimore
  • Khalim Piankhi, Vice President, Community Relations, WUSA-TV9, Washington
  • Ian Spring, Manager of Sports Programming, SiriusXM Satellite
  • Winston Chaney, Morning Show Personality, WYCB AM 1340, Radio One
  • James R. Artis, Client Development, MIH Enterprises, LLC, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Natalie Dean, Senior Account Executive, Edelman, Washington
  • Charles Garris, Singer, Songwriter and Music Producer, Washington
  • Joy Lammie, Account Supervisor, Fleishman-Hillard, Washington
  • Cheryl W. Thompson, Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post

The format of the event is a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Thomas followed by a question and answer session between the audience and the panelists.

This is the first Media Day held in the university's new $71 million Fine and Performing Arts Center.  The center opened in January 2012 and features 123,000 square-feet of space for students and faculty. The new building houses Bowie State's art, music, music technology, theatre arts, and visual communication and digital media arts programs.

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