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UNI to host Fast Forward electronic media workshop Oct. 18

September 30, 2013

Ronnie Bankston, associate professor, communication studies, 319-273-6244,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "Fast Forward: Overtake the Competition," an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals, will be hosted at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Oct. 18, 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 workshop, in its ninth year, continues to bring working professionals to students. This year, 20 media professionals will lead or participate in 14 different workshops. 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 best practices in broadcast journalism and help attendees polish their broadcast and production skills.

The keynote address will be given by Richard B. Haynes, senior vice president of research at Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc., the leading television research consultation company in the world. His remarks will address the changing media landscape in the United States.

Cost of the Fast Forward workshop is $50 for students and $65 for professionals. A brown bag lunch is included. 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.) Or register online at Payments of online registration must be made the day of the event.

A number of full and partial scholarships are provided for students through funding by the Iowa Broadcasters Association. For additional information, contact Ronnie Bankston, associate professor of communication studies, at 319-273-6244 or