UNI to host Fast Forward electronic media conference

September 13, 2011

Ronnie Bankston, UNI associate professor of communication studies, 319-273-6244, ronnie.bankston@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu 


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Fast Forward: Maximize Your Drive for Success," an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals, will be hosted at the University of Northern Iowa, Friday, Oct. 7, in Lang Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with workshops, lunch, discussion and speakers to follow. The event concludes at 2:45 p.m. The "Fast Forward" electronic media workshop is sponsored by the Iowa Broadcasters Association and Quarton-McElroy/IBA Endowment Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

The Fast Forward workshop, in its seventh year, continues to bring working professionals to students. Interactive sessions will be offered in a variety of settings to help media students prepare for their first job. Industry experts will lead discussions on how to best practice broadcast journalism and help attendees polish their broadcast skills. The workshops feature 15 unique topics offered by 21 speakers.

The keynote address will be given by Kevin Cooney, winner of the prestigious Jack Shelley Award from the Iowa Broadcast News Association for his outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism in Iowa. Cooney anchors Des Moines' KCCI-TV news weekdays at 6 and 10 p.m.

Cost of the Fast Forward workshop is $50 for UNI students and $65 for professionals and includes a brown bag lunch. Payment can be mailed to Fast Forward: E-Media Workshop, Department of Communication Studies, Lang Hall 326, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614. Make checks payable to UNI/Communication Studies. You can also register online at www.uni.edu/commstudies/fastforward.  Online registration payments are due the day of the event.

For additional information, contact Ronnie Bankston, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6244 or ronnie.bankston@uni.edu.