Journalism Institute at BU to feature local and statewide media professionals

For immediate release: Feb. 22, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Regina Medina, reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, will be the keynote speaker at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Journalism Institute on Wednesday, March 5. Medina will speak at 9:15 a.m. in McCormick Human Services Center, room 1303.

Approximately 200 area high school students and advisers are expected to attend the annual event, which includes workshops and lectures by BU graduates, faculty and media professionals.

Medina, named the Philadelphia Daily News/Philadelphia Inquirer employee of the year in 2007, reported on presidential politics in Venezuela before working at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat. She was named one of the 50 most influential Latinos in the Philadelphia region. Medina will speak following welcome and introductory comments by BU President David Soltz.

More than 20 professionals will participate in the daylong institute, discussing topics such as careers in the media, broadcast journalism, digital media and students’ rights regarding free expression. The afternoon will feature numerous workshops for students on a variety of media and journalism concentrations. Featured speakers will include Mike Lewis, WNEP-TV anchor; Joanne Arbogast, managing features editor for the Daily Item, Sunbury, and editor of Inside Pennsylvania magazine; Justin Walden, national media specialist for Geisinger Health System; and Terri Henning, general counsel of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

Other speakers and workshop leaders will include Susan Schwartz, reporter for Press Enterprise, Bloomsburg; Sharon Santus, mass communications faculty member at BU; Jimmy May, photojournalist for Press Enterprise; Mark Lawrence, program director for WKOK-AM; Teresita Mendoza-Enright, associate professor of mass communications at BU; and William Green, associate professor of mass communications at BU.

BU graduates participating in the institute include Andy Heintzelman ’85, editor for the News-Item, Shamokin; Sam Bidleman ’76, newspaper adviser at Bloomsburg High School; Pat Trosky ’95M, features and entertainment editor of the Citizen’s Voice, Wilkes-Barre; Brandi Mankiewicz ’94, associate publisher of Journal Newspapers; Danielle Lynch ’07, reporter for the Daily Local News, West Chester; MaryJayne Reibsome ’02, graphics and Web designer; Nicole Clark ’07, a graduate student in BU’s institute for interactive technologies; Matt Colosimo ’06, BU broadcast engineer; and Jonathan Gass ’05, copy editor and page designer for the Patriot-News, Harrisburg.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.