Media professionals to share their risky moves at Winthrop this week

adouglas@heraldonline.comFebruary 23, 2013 

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    Monday – Allie Tsavdarides will speak at 11 a.m. at Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center and at 2 p.m. in Whitton Auditorium in Carroll Hall.

    Tuesday – Steve Brusk will speak at 9:30 a.m. in Owens G02 and 2 p.m. in Johnson 101.

    Wednesday – Dee Dixon will speak at 11 a.m. in Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

    Wednesday – An alumni panel of recent graduates will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Johnson Blackbox Theatre. Alumni include: Laney Whittle, 2011 graduate, an administrator at Agapé Senior Care; Jessica Pickens, 2011 graduate, education and county government reporter for the Shelby Star; and Dwayne Greene, 2008 graduate, producer for News 14 Carolina in Raleigh.

    Thursday – Adam O’Daniel will speak at 9:30 a.m. in Owens G02.

Winthrop University’s Mass Communication Week will feature a CNN coverage manager, a Los-Angeles based marketing alumna and the CEO and publisher of Charlotte’s Pride Magazine.

Speakers will focus on the theme “Take A Chance,” sharing with students stories about making risky moves that helped advance their careers.

Events will take place in various campus locations Monday through Thursday.

Steve Brusk, political unit coverage manager for CNN, will deliver two keynote addresses. He has covered three presidential campaigns; the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Washington and New York; Hurricane Katrina and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Allie Tsavdarides, a 2004 Winthrop graduate and community and grassroots manager for TOMS Shoes, Los Angeles, will discuss her role in the company’s development from a start-up shoe company to a global One for One brand – one person buys a pair of shoes, and another person in need also gets a pair.

Dee Dixon, publisher and CEO of Pride Magazine, is an advertising professional who helped develop the Charlotte-based magazine which targets the African-American community. She recently launched Pride Public Relations.

Adam O’Daniel, the Charlotte Business Journal’s finance editor and 2005 Winthrop graduate, will talk about his career as a business writer –including at The Herald – and his coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

All Mass Communication Week events are free and open to the public. For information, call Winthrop’s Mass Communication department at 803-323-2121.

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