Edinboro University Students To Learn About Careers In Media

- Lambda Pi Eta, the communications honors society at Edinboro University, and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host speaker Gerry Weiss of the Erie Times-News and breakout sessions featuring some of Erie’s finest communication professionals on April 15 in Compton Hall on the Edinboro campus.

Students, in particular those with an interest in communications and media careers, are especially encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will open at 6:30 p.m. with a keynote address from Weiss in Compton Hall, Room 107A.

Following Weiss’ presentation will be two breakout sessions, the first from 7-7:40 p.m. and the second from 7:50-8:30 p.m., that will allow students to hear directly from professionals in print journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations and professional communications.

“No matter what communications platform a student may be majoring in, we have a speaker for them that can answer questions, give advice or even edit work,” said Taylor Johnson, president of Lambda Pi Eta. “With PRSSA's help, we have created an event that is extremely beneficial to students.”

Presenters for the breakout sessions include Weiss and Jim Martin of the Erie Times-News on the topic of “Examining the intersection of storytelling and reporting the facts,” Joelyn Bush of the Erie Community Foundation addressing “A day in the life of a communications professional,” and Mike Ruzzi and Maura Sirianni of WICU12 discussing “Television news career opportunities.”

“The program is a great example of the leaders of our student groups working together with faculty to plan a top-notch event,” said Dr. Tony Peyronel, chairperson of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Edinboro.

“I think this is a great opportunity for our students to listen to and network with an outstanding group of regional professionals.”

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