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02/14/2008

Students Encouraged to Taste Their Next Slice of Life: Department Hosts Mass Communcation Week


ROCK HILL, S.C. - Robert Horner, president of NBC News Channel, will headline the 19th annual Mass Communication Week held Feb. 25- 28 at Winthrop University.

Sponsored by the Department of Mass Communications, this year’s program features a variety of communication professionals designed to help give students an idea of what life may be like after graduation. Presenters include Herb White, editor of The Charlotte Post, and Gene Policinski, vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn.

“We are very pleased with the selection of speakers we have this year, all of them are incredibly accomplished within their respective fields,” said William Click, chair of the Department of Mass Communication. “We hope students will gain a better understanding of career paths they can take after they graduate.”

On Monday, Feb 25, Horner, the founder of the Charlotte-based NBC news satellite service for network affiliates, will speak at 10 a.m. in Owens Hall G01. Then, at 2 p.m., Herb White, editor of The Charlotte Post, will talk to students in Johnson 117.

Tuesday, Feb 26, features two presentations by Policinski, one at 11 a.m., and later at 2 p.m., both in the Johnson Theater. Nearly a 40-year veteran in the journalism field, Policinski was founding editor of USA TODAY Sports Weekly and held several positions in radio, television and online operations.

On Wednesday, Feb 27, at 10 a.m., Debbie Abels, president and publisher of The Rock Hill Herald, will address students in Owens Hall. Abel joined The Herald in 2007, after spending 34 years with The Charlotte Observer in various capacities.

At 3:30 p.m., a panel of recent Winthrop alumnae including Lindsey Stewart, class of 2006, of The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle; Jacqueline Diaco, class of 2004, the marketing manager for the Wood Division of Biesse America; and Sonja Rawlinson-Burris, class of 2002, a visitor services and sales associate for the Rock Hill and York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, will address students in Johnson’s Black Box Theater.

Finally, on Thursday, Feb 28, distinguished alumna, Nicolle DuBose, class of 2000, will present at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., both in the Johnson Theater. Currently the marketing manager for the Atlanta Bread Company, Dubose’s presentation is being sponsored by the Winthrop Association of Women in Communications.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Winthrop Department of Mass Communication at 803/323-2121.

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