First Posted: 10/15/2014

The Misericordia University Department of Communications hosted 170 high school students at the annual Media Immersion Day on campus. The program was designed for high school students interested in learning about and gaining hands-on experience in graphic design, video production and editing, and journalism.

The free workshop enabled the aspiring mass communications professionals to work with and hear from alumni of Misericordia University who are seasoned communications and media relations professionals in northeastern Pennsylvania, and from professors in the Department of Communications.

They participated in four hands-on workshops, including photojournalism, graphic design, newspaper writing, and video production. They had the opportunity to practice with a studio camera in the Misericordia University television studio, and meet with the staff of the Highlander student newspaper.

The schools represented included James M. Coughlin High School, Crestwood High School, Dallas Senior High School, Dunmore High School, G.A.R. High School, Hanover Area High School, Holy Cross High School, Meyers High School, Jim Thorpe Area High School, Wyoming Area Secondary School and Wyoming Valley West High School.

Media Immersion Day concluded with a luncheon and panel discussion about careers in the mass media field. The panelists included Misericordia University alumni Amanda Jamieson, Benco Dental; Gia Mazur, Lackawanna County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Ann Gownley, WYLN-TV; Ellen Hoffman, Ebay Enterprise; Caitlin Rowe, WBRE-TV; Eleni Konstas, Solid Cactus, and Kristen Gazowski, Eye Care Specialists.

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