Media Day is a significant event for the University of West Georgia’s (UWG) Mass Communications Department. It is an annual event that gives mass communications students a more precise look into the media industry and provides them with a chance to network with professionals from various media professions.

“This year marks the mass communication department’s 35th Media Day,” said Chris Renaud, the assistant professor of Film & Video Production and this year’s chair of the Media Day committee.

The event will begin Wednesday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the Campus Center ballroom. It will start with a panel discussion from five professionals from media- related fields.

“The panel will discuss various topics about the industry and answer some questions from students,” said Renaud.

Shortly after the panel concludes, the networking portion of Media Day will begin.

“At 10:45 a.m., students will have the opportunity to network with working professionals,” said Renaud. “We will have many professional organizations from several different media industries present for the networking session.”

During the networking portion, students are encouraged to ask questions about the media industry and what they need to do to prepare for a career in media.

The Honors Luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. and will also take place in the Campus Center Ballroom. This portion of the event is where the department takes time to acknowledge student achievement.

The luncheon will include a keynote address from Todd Grisham, the department’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Grisham is a UWG alumnus and worked as an on-air personality for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and as on-air talent for FOX Sports. Grisham is currently an anchor for ESPN SportsCenter and host/play-by-play voice of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights franchise.

“Media Day is a student focused event,” said Renaud. “It was designed with student’s futures and careers in mind. It aims to better connect students with the working professional world to better prepare them for a career after college.”

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