October 22, 2009
for Strategic Communications has recently reached three important milestones
in the development of the center as a regional and nationwide leader in media
and commincation initiatives.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has
awarded Professor Barry Mitzman, director of the Center for Strategic
Communications, $185,000 for a new program of fellowships for Washington state
journalists to study and report on the problem of family homelessness. Four
professional journalists will be selected to receive the fellowships which will
make it possible for them to come to SU to engage in workshops on homelessness.
The grant will also provide stipends for eight SU students to participate as
research assistants to the journalism fellows, as well as underwriting a public
conference on family homelessness on the SU campus next year. The fellowships
are intended to encourage journalists to deepen their understanding and coverage
on the issue of family homelessness.The $185,000 grant is the largest ever
received by the Department of Communication.
In addition, the Puget
Sound chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced today that
Barry Mitzman and Professor Soon Beng Yeap, also Assistant Vice President of
Marketing and Communications for the University, will be receiving its annual
"PR Professional of the Year" award for 2009. PRSA is honoring Barry and Soon
Beng for their work in developing the Center for Strategic Communications and
for the contributions it and they are making to the public relations
These two honors come on the heels of a very successful "Future
of Journalism" conference just 10 days ago, organized by Barry and digital media
professor James Forsher. That conference brought together more than 100
professionals and students in journalism and strategic communications to discuss
the transformations occurring in the media.
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