Both faculty members and students from Marymount University made a strong impression at MediaFest22, the joint national convention of the College Media Association, American Collegiate Press and Society of Professional Journalists held on October 27 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.
“Over 200 people – including media professionals, students and faculty from across the country – attended sessions at MediaFest led by Marymount students and faculty,” said Dr. Kimberly Meltzer, Director of Marymount’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Communication. “The convention was a wonderful learning experience for those of us from Marymount, and also an exciting opportunity to share our knowledge at a national level.”
Bridget Murphy (Professor of Graphic and Media Design), Dr. Katie Peebles (Associate Professor of Literature & Languages), Dr. Meltzer and students Pierre Ramon Thomas and Lauren Cunningham presented a session on ‘Managing Student Publications: Tips and Tricks.’ Thomas and Cunningham are both editors of Marymount student publications that include The Banner, Magnificat and BlueInk, while the three professors are advisors for the publications. Over 100 people registered and attended the session.
The following day at MediaFest22, Kathleen Murphy (Adjunct Professor of Communication) led a panel session consisting of veteran professional journalists and the Assistant Director of the House Press Gallery on ‘Covering Capitol Hill.’ Included in the panel were Murphy, Charlene Carter of CQ Roll Call, Connor O’Brien of Politico, Eugene Mulero of Transport Topics and Edward Kachinske of the House Press Gallery.
Additionally, Dr. Meltzer hosted a roundtable discussion for ‘Women in Media’ at the convention, on behalf of Marymount’s Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication. She was also on the College Media Association’s convention planning committee.
The signature event of MediaFest22 was the keynote address on October 28 by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, famous for their Watergate coverage in the Washington Post that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and set new standards for investigative journalism. Their efforts were chronicled in the bestselling book and movie, ‘All the President’s Men.’