The Center for Strategic Communications has recently reached three important milestones in the development of the center as a regional and nationwide leader in media and commincation initiatives.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Professor Barry Mitzman, director of the Center for Strategic Communications, $185,000 for a new program of fellowships for Washington state journalists to study and report on the problem of family homelessness. Four professional journalists will be selected to receive the fellowships which will make it possible for them to come to SU to engage in workshops on homelessness. The grant will also provide stipends for eight SU students to participate as research assistants to the journalism fellows, as well as underwriting a public conference on family homelessness on the SU campus next year. The fellowships are intended to encourage journalists to deepen their understanding and coverage on the issue of family homelessness.The $185,000 grant is the largest ever received by the Department of Communication.
In addition, the Puget Sound chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced today that Barry Mitzman and Professor Soon Beng Yeap, also Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the University, will be receiving its annual "PR Professional of the Year" award for 2009. PRSA is honoring Barry and Soon Beng for their work in developing the Center for Strategic Communications and for the contributions it and they are making to the public relations industry.
These two honors come on the heels of a very successful "Future of Journalism" conference just 10 days ago, organized by Barry and digital media professor James Forsher. That conference brought together more than 100 professionals and students in journalism and strategic communications to discuss the transformations occurring in the media.
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