36th Annual Media Day 2017

March 8th - Campus Center Ballroom 108


Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient and Keynote Speaker

Shelitha Hurd

Shelitha Hurd '99
Emmy-award winning WSB-TV News Producer


Register for the Keynote and Awards Luncheon here by Thursday March 2nd.
(Free for all Mass Communications majors and minors)

Find more information on our Facebook and Twitter pages. #UWGMediaDay

Email: mediaday@westga.edu


More Information

  • Parking and Campus Map

    Media Day visitors park for free in the Townsend Performing Arts Center Lot, with overflow in the Nursing Building parking lot. Attendants will be at these locations to provide you access and a parking pass to leave in your car.

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  • 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.

    Pre-Register for the luncheon here by Thursday March 2nd. 

    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. 

    Our Media Day 2017 Panelists:

    J. Bruce Hildebrand '73

    Eugenia Johnson '10
    Public Relations Director, The Garner Circle PR

    Allyssa A. Lewis
    Animation Director, re:imagine/ATL
    CEO-Founder, My Animation Life

    Brigitte Mabry '89

    Manager, Content Logistics - Turner Networks

    Shannon McCaffrey
    Enterprise News Team Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    James Schiller Paul
    Content Creator & Brand Strategist, Schiller Productions


    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 two-time Emmy-winner, WSB-TV News Producer Shelitha Hurd, a 1999 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!