Fisher Students “Meet the Media” during the 3rd annual Meet the Media panel series.
On Thursday, November 16th, The PRIMA Group and PRSSA of St. John Fisher College hosted the annual Meet the Media event. This event was created in 2015 by Professor Arien Rozelle. The panel’s goal is to showcase the important relationship between media professionals and public relations professionals. This year, there were 5 panels all together throughout the week. Two panels were held in Professor Rozelle’s Intro to Public Relations classes, and two were held in Professor Rozelle’s Media Relations classes. The fifth panel was held on Thursday night, which was a panel and networking event, open to all St. John Fisher students. New this year, one of the panels was not media professionals, but it was full of public relations professionals in order for students to fully understand both viewpoints of the media’s relationship with public relations professionals.
Thursday night’s panel had some amazing media professionals. These guests included:
- Olivia Lopez, a Fisher alumni from the Democrat & Chronicle
- Will Cleveland from the Democrat & Chronicle
- Mark Gruba from WROC Channel 8
- Scott Spezzano from 98.9 The Buzz
- Lisa Famiglietti from WXXI
The panel was full of lively discussions about the state of the media in the past few decades, and where it is headed – especially in terms of social media. Having panelists from print media, radio, and television, led to an array of viewpoints which was beneficial to all in attendance. Attendees learned about the importance of news being accurate, how social media influences news, and how to form relationships with media professionals as students.
At the end, we were all given the opportunity to network with these media professionals, and ask any specific questions we might have had after hearing their experiences. Many of us walked away with business cards in our pockets, and beneficial connections in the community!
Author: Lindsey Garrant – PRSSA Recruitment + Retention Coordinator