Journalism Department chairman Randy Jesick spoke about “The Role of Basic Journalism Skills in the Age of Media Convergence” at the annual national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in August 2009, located in Boston.
In his twenty-five-minute presentation, Jesick gave the history of IUP’s Basic Journalism Skills course; told why the emphasis on the basics still remains strong in all department classes; explained the value of those skills in 2009; and updated his audience on the integration of media convergence into existing courses by all IUP Journalism instructors. IUP Journalism alumni and current faculty members contributed facts and opinions to his remarks.
Jesick shared the ninety-minute panel discussion with professors from Temple University and Samford University, including the panel’s moderator, Dr. Bernie Ankney ’87, now the chairman of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department at Samford.
Among those who attended this session was Dr. Vincent Benigni, the director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Benigni graduated from IUP Journalism in 1983.