Media Day 2020

The 39th annual Media Day will be held Wednesday March 4, 2020 in the Campus Center ballrooms on the University of West Georgia (UWG) campus. We will have 5 panelists discussing their education, experiences, career, internships ... There will also be 40 - 50 networking professionals, many of whom graduated from UWG with a degree in mass communications. The list of particpating professionals can be found below.

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

 Jose Avila-Kelly Headshot




Jose Avila-Kelly '05, '07

Tech Ops Supervisor at CNN
Honors Luncheon Keynote Speaker






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  • 2020 Panelists

    Meet the five participants for the 9:30am Panelist Session.

    Headshot of Chris AdamsonChris Adamson is currently the Marketing Manager for Premier Events, the leading event producer in Metro Atlanta. Chris has a passion for events and seeing a project develop from the initial idea and concept to the actual execution. When he’s not figuring out how to get the most likes on a photo on Instagram, he’s spending time at concerts, an Atlanta festival, in the woods, or on Lake Lanier digging into his Georgia roots. Prior to his career in radio, Chris was the founding President of NBS-AERho at his Alma Mater, the University of West Georgia, where he graduated from in 2013 with a B.S. in mass communications with a minor in marketing.


    Headshot of Jose Avila-KellyJose Avila-Kelly has spent eight years with CNN, currently in the role of Studio Operations Supervisor. He started off as a camera operator in the studios where he did jib, robo, and video for shows such as MXP with Robin Meade, CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon, and IDESK. After a year and half, Jose was promoted to S.W.A.T. where he became a steadicam operator and was expected to cover any show at anytime. The 2020 presidential election will be his third presidential election with CNN. A native of Brownsville, TX, Jose has two degrees with the University of West Georgia, mass communications (2005) and management (2007).




    Headshot of Kristal DixonKristal Dixon started covering Cobb County with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in February 2019. Before joining the AJC, Dixon worked for from 2012 to 2019 and the Cherokee Tribune from 2007 to 2012. She graduated in 2002 from Griffin High School and in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications from the University of West Georgia where she held different positions at The West Georgian.






    Headshot of Jasmine JonesJasmine Jones is a Field Marketing Manager at McAlister's Deli. She is an Atlanta native and a graduate of the University of West Georgia, class of 2013. An enthusiastic problem solver, Jasmine provides top-notch internal client service and committed to seeing the big picture, while keeping an eye on the small details. In her free time she enjoys volunteering and cozying up with a good book. 






    Headshot of Jason Winn

    Director Jason Winn is an independent Director and Producer best known for The Fat Boy Chronicles, Life-time Movie The Assault, Shifting Gears the horror film Dead Thirsty (aka Rave Party Massacre) and the adult drama Let’s Make it. With 20 years of extensive production experience under his belt, Winn has executive produced two feature documentaries and directed the award-winning feature documentary Spiral Bound. Winn’s colleagues and former cast members attribute his continued success to his innate ability to inspire stellar performances from his actors as well as his intuitive talent for making films that are cerebral, emotionally charged, entertaining, and relevant. His ability to consistently deliver first-rate work and stirring performances demonstrates his vision and versatility.

  • 2020 Networking Professionals

    Here is the list of professionals that will be particpating in the 10:45am Networking Session, listed in alphabetical order by last name.
    Check back often - the list is constantly growing!

    2020 Networking Professionals
    Name Title Company
    Chris Adamson '13 Marketing Manager Premier Events
    Kelsey Asher '17 Freelance Marketer Freelancing
    Mark Auclair '04 Media Sales Consultant Valpak of Atlanta
    Jose Avila-Kelly '05 Tech Ops Supervisor CNN
    Brya Berry News Anchor WRBL News 3
    Adam Bomb On-Air Q99.7 Atlanta's Hit Music - Westwood One
    Chad Brock '14 Steadicam Operator IATSE Local 600
    Bode Brooks '19 Evening Anchor KTVE NBC 10
    Hannah Collins '19 Service Line Community Outreach Coordinator Tanner Health System
    Ashley Copeland '14 Communications Manager City of Newnan
    Corey Cusick Editor Times-Georgian
    Angela Dailey '11 Owner / Publisher Angel Media, LLC; West Georgia Woman Magazine
    Zachary Dailey Advertising Sales Executive / Photographer Angel Media, LLC; West Georgia Woman Magazine
    Kristal Dixon '06 Journalist The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Holly Drake Assistant to Executive Producer RedCube Creative
    Jonathan Drake '06 Co-Owner RedCube Creative
    Darryl Forges '14 National Correspondent CNN Newsource
    Mimi Gentry Writer / Researcher Stranger Than Fiction
    Sam Gentry '10 Manager of Media Relations University Communications & Marketing at UWG
    Steve Gradick Owner Gradick Communications
    Jason Green '15 Cinematographer Filmmaker
    Jacob Hawkins '06 Director, Corporate Communications, Americas InterContinental Hotels Group
    Kevin Hemphill Web Development RedCube Creative
    Mark Herring Circulation Director Times-Georgian
    Shelitha Hurd '99 News Producer WSB-TV
    Eugenia Johnson '10 Senior Public Relations Manager Brunet-Garcia Advertising
    Jasmine Jones '13 Field Marketing Manager McAlister's Deli
    Blair Jordan '14 Producer Lionstar Films
    Brian Little Co-Owner RedCube Creative
    Tray Lowery '16 Communications Coordinator Tanner Health System
    Kelsey Matthews '13 Brand Strategist The Resource Guild
    Sean McCormick Account Associate William Mills Agency
    Candace McHan Assistant News Director WALB
    Alex McKinley Project Manager RedCube Creative
    Shavonda Miles '03 Communications Specialist Vonda Mone LLC
    Justin Monsewicz '13 Content Writer Instacart
    Casey Nichols '06 Photojournalist WSB-TV / Cox Media Group
    Lindy Oller '13 Blog Writer JUST1 International
    James Paul Owner / Content Creator Schiller Productions, LLC
    Sarah Powell '13 Communications Specialist University Communications & Marketing at UWG
    Justen Ransom '15 Producer WGCL CBS 46
    Gracie Shefelton '18 Public Relations / Account Associate William Mills Agency
    Hilary Sigler '15 Market Coordinator The Avenue West Cobb
    Matt Skinner '18 On-Air Talent / Operations Gradick Communications
    Kathleen Sturgeon '14 Regional Editor Patch Media
    Stacey Taylor Professional Blogger & Social Influencer The SistahChick & Co. LLC
    Adam Tucker '15 Associate Producer Fort Benning Television
    Lacee Watkins Social Media & Events Director M-Squared Public Relatons
    Teresa Whitaker '85 Anchor / Reporter WRBL TV
    Jason Winn Director / Producer Independent
    Joshua Winters '13 Video Editor Ideas United
    Maggie Wise Account Associate William Mills Agency
    Brandon Wright '17 Public Information Officer Insurance & Safety Fire Commissioner's Office
    Jason Wynn '01 DNG News Production / Field Trainer CNN
    Jared Yamamoto '12 Producer / Researcher for Von Haessler Doctrine WSB Radio
    Heath Yates '07 Functional Analyst Southwire Company, LLC

    2020 Networking Professionals

    • Name: Chris Adamson '13
      Title: Marketing Manager
      Company: Premier Events

    • Name: Kelsey Asher '17
      Title: Freelance Marketer
      Company: Freelancing

    • Name: Mark Auclair '04
      Title: Media Sales Consultant
      Company: Valpak of Atlanta

    • Name: Jose Avila-Kelly '05
      Title: Tech Ops Supervisor
      Company: CNN

    • Name: Brya Berry
      Title: News Anchor
      Company: WRBL News 3

    • Name: Adam Bomb
      Title: On-Air
      Company: Q99.7 Atlanta's Hit Music - Westwood One

    • Name: Chad Brock '14
      Title: Steadicam Operator
      Company: IATSE Local 600

    • Name: Bode Brooks '19
      Title: Evening Anchor
      Company: KTVE NBC 10

    • Name: Hannah Collins '19
      Title: Service Line Community Outreach Coordinator
      Company: Tanner Health System

    • Name: Ashley Copeland '14
      Title: Communications Manager
      Company: City of Newnan

    • Name: Corey Cusick
      Title: Editor
      Company: Times-Georgian

    • Name: Angela Dailey '11
      Title: Owner / Publisher
      Company: Angel Media, LLC; West Georgia Woman Magazine

    • Name: Zachary Dailey
      Title: Advertising Sales Executive / Photographer
      Company: Angel Media, LLC; West Georgia Woman Magazine

    • Name: Kristal Dixon '06
      Title: Journalist
      Company: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    • Name: Holly Drake
      Title: Assistant to Executive Producer
      Company: RedCube Creative

    • Name: Jonathan Drake '06
      Title: Co-Owner
      Company: RedCube Creative

    • Name: Darryl Forges '14
      Title: National Correspondent
      Company: CNN Newsource

    • Name: Mimi Gentry
      Title: Writer / Researcher
      Company: Stranger Than Fiction

    • Name: Sam Gentry '10
      Title: Manager of Media Relations
      Company: University Communications & Marketing at UWG

    • Name: Steve Gradick
      Title: Owner
      Company: Gradick Communications

    • Name: Jason Green '15
      Title: Cinematographer
      Company: Filmmaker

    • Name: Jacob Hawkins '06
      Title: Director, Corporate Communications, Americas
      Company: InterContinental Hotels Group

    • Name: Kevin Hemphill
      Title: Web Development
      Company: RedCube Creative

    • Name: Mark Herring
      Title: Circulation Director
      Company: Times-Georgian

    • Name: Shelitha Hurd '99
      Title: News Producer
      Company: WSB-TV

    • Name: Eugenia Johnson '10
      Title: Senior Public Relations Manager
      Company: Brunet-Garcia Advertising

    • Name: Jasmine Jones '13
      Title: Field Marketing Manager
      Company: McAlister's Deli

    • Name: Blair Jordan '14
      Title: Producer
      Company: Lionstar Films

    • Name: Brian Little
      Title: Co-Owner
      Company: RedCube Creative

    • Name: Tray Lowery '16
      Title: Communications Coordinator
      Company: Tanner Health System

    • Name: Kelsey Matthews '13
      Title: Brand Strategist
      Company: The Resource Guild

    • Name: Sean McCormick
      Title: Account Associate
      Company: William Mills Agency

    • Name: Candace McHan
      Title: Assistant News Director
      Company: WALB

    • Name: Alex McKinley
      Title: Project Manager
      Company: RedCube Creative

    • Name: Shavonda Miles '03
      Title: Communications Specialist
      Company: Vonda Mone LLC

    • Name: Justin Monsewicz '13
      Title: Content Writer
      Company: Instacart

    • Name: Casey Nichols '06
      Title: Photojournalist
      Company: WSB-TV / Cox Media Group

    • Name: Lindy Oller '13
      Title: Blog Writer
      Company: JUST1 International

    • Name: James Paul
      Title: Owner / Content Creator
      Company: Schiller Productions, LLC

    • Name: Sarah Powell '13
      Title: Communications Specialist
      Company: University Communications & Marketing at UWG

    • Name: Justen Ransom '15
      Title: Producer
      Company: WGCL CBS 46

    • Name: Gracie Shefelton '18
      Title: Public Relations / Account Associate
      Company: William Mills Agency

    • Name: Hilary Sigler '15
      Title: Market Coordinator
      Company: The Avenue West Cobb

    • Name: Matt Skinner '18
      Title: On-Air Talent / Operations
      Company: Gradick Communications

    • Name: Kathleen Sturgeon '14
      Title: Regional Editor
      Company: Patch Media

    • Name: Stacey Taylor
      Title: Professional Blogger & Social Influencer
      Company: The SistahChick & Co. LLC

    • Name: Adam Tucker '15
      Title: Associate Producer
      Company: Fort Benning Television

    • Name: Lacee Watkins
      Title: Social Media & Events Director
      Company: M-Squared Public Relatons

    • Name: Teresa Whitaker '85
      Title: Anchor / Reporter
      Company: WRBL TV

    • Name: Jason Winn
      Title: Director / Producer
      Company: Independent

    • Name: Joshua Winters '13
      Title: Video Editor
      Company: Ideas United

    • Name: Maggie Wise
      Title: Account Associate
      Company: William Mills Agency

    • Name: Brandon Wright '17
      Title: Public Information Officer
      Company: Insurance & Safety Fire Commissioner's Office

    • Name: Jason Wynn '01
      Title: DNG News Production / Field Trainer
      Company: CNN

    • Name: Jared Yamamoto '12
      Title: Producer / Researcher for Von Haessler Doctrine
      Company: WSB Radio

    • Name: Heath Yates '07
      Title: Functional Analyst
      Company: Southwire Company, LLC

  • Parking

    Media Day visitors park for free in the new Campus Center parking lot, 302 West Georgia Drive in Google Maps. There will also be signs on campus to direct you. Attendants will be at the parking lot to provide a parking pass to display in your car.

  • Schedule
    9:00  Registration:

    Students and Networking Professionals, stop by the registration table when you arrive to receive credentials and claim your ticket for the luncheon. You will need this ticket to enter the Honors Luncheon. Unclaimed tickets will be re-assigned.

    9:30  Panel Discussion:

    This year’s panel discussion offers students the opportunity to hear professionals discuss the current state of their industries, describe their career paths and offer insightful tips for students entering those fields. It includes a Q&A component for students to ask direct questions of the panelists. Our panelists’ range of experience covers broadcast media, public relations, convergence journalism, film and video production, and social media.

    10:45  Networking Sessions:

    These sessions are held in the sunlit atrium just outside the ballroom, and offer current Mass Communications students the opportunity to meet and speak directly with over 50 visiting media professionals, many of whom are UWG alumni. All Mass Communications areas of study will be represented in the roster of visiting professionals.

    Dress for the Networking Sessions (and Honors Luncheon) is formal, Business Professional: Slacks and tie or slacks/skirt and blouse, with jackets or blazers recommended.

    The sessions themselves are open and unscheduled, but students should prepare to spend 5 minutes (no more or less) speaking with any given professional, and plan to circulate.

    12:30  Keynote Speaker & Honors Luncheon:

    This ticketed, free luncheon is highlighted by a keynote address by a graduate of The University of West Georgia, and winner of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award.

    Student Honors, Awards and Recognitions will include:

    Academic Achievement Awards, presented to all junior and senior Mass Communications majors who have earned 3.0 or higher GPA.

    Professional Growth & Development Awards are presented to junior and senior Mass Communications majors and minors who have completed or are completing professional development experiences via internships, media-related work or practica with bluestone Student Public Relations Firm, The West Georgian, The WOLF Internet Radio and/or WUTV.

    Mass Communications Scholarship Recipients including the Dora Byron Memorial Scholarship, the Margaret Gauthier Scholarship, The David S. Parkman III Scholarship, the Frances Parkman Scholarship and the George Fields Whatley Scholarship, and the Gordon Watson Award in Mass Communications. 

    2:30  Alumni Social at The Border:

    You are invited to mix and mingle with Mass Communications Alumni at this off-campus social event at The Border. 

    We hope you can join us for any and all of the day's events!