Monica Rizzo, a 1987 graduate of IUP’s Journalism Department, shared her experiences about her career in entertainment and journalism at a presentation to students, staff and faculty on October 21, 2009. Rizzo also spoke to several IUP journalism classes during her visit.
“I am teaching entertainment PR this year, and I am just thrilled to have an alumna who has made it so far in the industry come to IUP to inspire us,” Dr. Michele Papakie, IUP journalism professor, said.
Rizzo, a People Magazine writer, has covered stories for the Disney Channel and television shows such as Ally McBeal, American Idol, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dancing with the Stars, Lost, Sex and the City, Spin City, and The Practice.
The presentation and visit was sponsored by IUP’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the IUP Journalism Department’s Sweeney Trust.
The Sweeney Trust was established in 1985 in honor of Elizabeth Ray Sweeney, who was at one time the treasurer of the Indiana Printing and Publishing Co., publisher of the Indiana Gazette.
The trust was established for the IUP Journalism Department to fund symposiums, lectures, and workshops with distinguished journalists from the IUP community. Past Sweeney Trust presenters have included William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, and reporter Jimmy Breslin. They have focused on topics that include managing crisis communications and women in the media.