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Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy-Winning Pros Among Notables to Headline 2014 CommWeek Events

April 15, 2014

A weeklong schedule packed with notable speakers, panel discussions, industry mixers and special events are planned for the 36th annual CommWeek, April 21-26 at Cal State Fullerton. Sponsored by the College of Communications and produced by students, the event shines the spotlight on the communications industry, as well as the college's faculty, students and alumni, and features more than 50 industry professionals and 11 special events.

Among the speakers and programs scheduled are:

Michael Hiltzik, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, "How Not to Cover a Government Program"

John Nicoletti, vice president of communications, Disneyland Resort, "Communications for the Happiest Place on Earth"

Jamie Pedroza, '99 (B.A. communications-TV/film) Emmy Award-winning television/film editor, "How to Use Your Time at CSUF to Launch Your Career in Post-Production"

Glen Mazzara, TV writer and producer, "The Ins and Outs of Writing for TV Dramas"

Thom Callahan, president, Southern California Broadcasters Association, "The Broadcast Industry and the Internet: Fighting for Audience, Benign Co-Existence or Dynamic Partners"

Samantha Dunn, feature writer for the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Register, "Writing Compelling Feature Stories"

A panel discussion, "Publicity Magic: Inside the PR of Walt Disney Company" features Lauren Purnell, public relation manager, Disney Consumer Products;  Jordan Poblete, CSUF business administration student and owner, editor-in-chief of; Lindsay Kwek,'10 (B.A. communications-public relations) global publicity team, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Jeffrey Epstein, manager, marketing and communications D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, the Walt Disney Company; and Erin Glover, social media director, Disneyland Resort.

Another of the week's highlights will be "Project Guatemala," featuring communications students from Communications Professor Jeff Brody's international journalism class who served as a communications team for a medical mission in Guatemala. They joined medical professionals at remote clinics in jungle and mountainous areas, and produced print, video and multimedia content for their class project.

"CommWeek is a wonderful tradition that bridges industry professionals, faculty and staff members with our students and the community," said Waleed Rashidi, CommWeek adviser and lecturer in communications. "It also gives the student task force an opportunity to receive real-world, hands-on experience in planning and executing a large convention. The skills they learn and develop through these experiences are applicable to nearly any communications-related career."

Most events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Titan Student Union. Parking for campus visitors is $8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday. Parking details are available online

For more information, a complete schedule of CommWeek Events is available online  or call 657-278-7420.





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