March 17, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 8

Media awareness week is coming up

Jeannine Alsous, a current sophmore, stands by her co-designed poster on stereotypes in the media.

Jeannine Alsous, a current sophmore, stands by her co-designed poster on stereotypes in the media.

The Niagara University's Communications Studies Department presents Media Awareness Week at the end of March. The event gives the CMS program the opportunity to introduce a critical look at media to all majors and minors, as well as those who do not attend NU.

In past years, it was Media Awareness Day, but now Media Awareness Week is three days consisting of five fun-filled and informative events.

Media Awareness Week allows the Communication Studies Department to educate, potentially, the entire campus on issues related to critically examining media, said Dr. Kalen Churcher, assistant professor.

Beginning March 29 at 12:40 p.m. in Bisgrove 351, an industry panel of people with positions in the media will talk with students about their careers and how to prepare for media careers. On the same day at 6:30 p.m. in Dunleavy 127, there will be a video contest open to college and high school students who constructed a 30-second public service announcement looking at media from a critical perspective.

On March 30 at 11:15 a.m. in Bisgrove 351, an alumni panel will take place. This panel will consist of recent Niagara graduates with jobs in the communications area, and graduate school students, who will be willing to give information and advice. That evening, at 6:30 p.m. in Dunleavy 127, a documentary will be screened, Shadows of the Lynching Tree, produced by Carvin Eison, who will also be in attendance.

The final day, March 31 at 12:40 p.m. at the Castellani Art Museum, a music panel will take place. This panel will discuss the state of the music industry in relation to pop culture. This panel includes Randy Bowen of the Canadian band, See Spot Run, and Chenjerai Kumanyika, a nationally recorded rapper. Arman Petri, a sound recording engineer, who has worked with the Goo Goo Dolls and Six Pence None the Richer, will also take part, along with Ken Culton, a professor of sociology at NU, who teaches a music in sociology class, (as well as playing the drums).

Churcher states, We've got some really good panels this year, including one on the music industry that should be absolutely great. I'd encourage anyone interested in music or pop culture to attend.

Also throughout the week, media law posters will be displayed around campus illustrating legal issues in the media.

Media Awareness Week is not just for communication  majors, nor is it limited to NU students. It is geared toward all majors and minors, as well as students from other college and high school campuses.

Dr. Brian Martin Murphy, associate professor, encourages all to attend.

Every single student lives in media, but very few understand the influence on their lives, he said. Media Awareness Week is the time when the communications department reaches out to the campus to explain the influence.

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