Winthrop hosts media professionals during ‘Mass Communication Week’

adouglas@heraldonline.comFebruary 21, 2014 

Winthrop University’s department of mass communication will host several media professionals and alumni next month during its 24th annual “Mass Communication Week.”

The week’s headline speaker is Winthrop graduate Raynard Gadson, an associate producer for Atlas Media Corp. in New York City. He has worked on the “Dr. Oz Show” and now produces “docu-series” for the Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery and Bio.

This year’s mass communication week theme is “A Passport to Your Future.” All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule of events is as follows:

•  On March 3, Gadson will speak at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Also, Bruce Murdy, president of Rawle Murdy, a marketing, advertising and public relations firm, will speak at 10 a.m. All three events are in Room 101 in Johnson Hall at Winthrop.

•  On March 4, Orage Quarles, publisher of the Raleigh News and Observer, will speak at 2 p.m. in Room G01 in Owens Hall. Quarles was previously publisher of The Herald in Rock Hill and has extensive experience in publishing and editing. In 2002, he was named as the nation’s “Outstanding Publisher” by Editor and Publisher Magazine.

Also on March 4, Jill King will speak at 3:30 p.m. in Room 101 in Johnson Hall. King is vice president of operations at BFG Communications in Bluffton. She has more than 18 years of experience in the industry.

•  On March 5, alumna Melissa Kerney Umbarger from the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., will speak at 11 a.m. in Room 101 in Johnson Hall. She began her newspaper career as a copy editor and is now the special sections editor in Greensboro. She graduated from Winthrop in 2001.

Also on March 5, recent Winthrop graduates will join a panel to discuss their careers in the media industry. Panelists include 2010 alumna Taylor Baldree with Red Ventures; 2011 alumna Shatesha Scales with WCCB Charlotte; and 2010 alumna Deni Avant with Samaritan’s Feet International. The panel discussion will be in Johnson Hall’s Blackbox Theater at 3:30 p.m.

•  On March 6, president and CEO of South Carolina ETV Linda O’Bryan will speak at 9:30 a.m. in Room 101 in Johnson Hall. O’Bryan joined S.C. ETV in 2010 and has since opened a radio production facility, a television newsfeed studio and has launched two national music series for National Public Radio.

For information, contact Winthrop’s mass communication office at 803-323-2121.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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