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September 20, 2010
On the heels of last year's highly successful inaugural event, the 2nd Annual Colorado State University Media Festival will be held in Denver and Fort Collins, starting with a reception on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the CSU Denver Center.
CBS News London correspondent Charles D'Agata in Baghdad at the scene of a car bomb.
CBS News correspondent Charles D'Agata will headline the second annual CSU Media Festival.
Charles D'Agata, a 1990 CSU journalism graduate and CBS News correspondent based in London, was the first American journalist in Baghdad after the U.S. invasion in 2003. He will headline a festival program including more than 35 accomplished media producers.
D’Agata will deliver the keynote address on Friday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Lory Student Center, North Ballroom.
The CSU Media Festival offers an opportunity for students and the general public to meet producers, writers and photographers behind some of today’s most popular television, film, print, public relations, social media, and Web productions.
It’s a critical time in the media industry, with professionals and educators re-defining the way media are created, delivered and consumed. Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, are bringing together nationally and internationally recognized media alumni for the second annual CSU Alumni Media Festival.
The Festival is scheduled for Sept. 23-24 on the Colorado State University campus.
Festival panels will focus on timely issues facing the journalism industry - including the changing media landscape, reality television, social media, and the internet.
Entries from the 2009 inaugural CSU Alumni Media Festival.
The panels will also include celebrated authors, sports reporters, filmmakers and publishing experts. All panels are open to CSU students, faculty and the general public, and begin at 9:30 am, Friday, September 24.
“This is an excellent opportunity for us to gather working professionals, educators and students together to address the changes we’re seeing in journalism,” said Greg Luft, chairman of the CSU Journalism and Technical Communication Department.
“Not only is this an opportunity for top journalists to showcase their work but they can share with the public a unique insight into the industry.”
In addition to the keynote address, expert panel discussions will focus on a variety of media specialties, including reality television; social media; sports media; authorship; and photography, among others.
5:30 p.m. - Open reception for alumni; no charge
6:30 p.m. - Introductions and announcements
7 p.m. - Fast, Fun and Furious: Premiere Showcase: Best of 2009 and 2010 Media Festival entries
7-9 p.m. Eye Candy: Adventure, Extreme Sports and Travel
The festival's Premiere Showcase will feature the best of 2009 and 2010 entries.
This showcase presentation features select works from 2010 entries.
8:15-9:15 a.m. - Morning reception for speakers and visiting alumni
9:30-10:45 a.m. - First group of sessions (open session)
Session A: Young Guns of Reality TV: (Jamie Switzer, moderator)
Session B: News, Blues and Views: Journalism is no longer changing direction. It’s already going everywhere. (Kris Kodrich, moderator)
Session C: Grab the Media, Satisfy Clients, Deliver your Message (Sarah Pooler, '86, moderator)
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Second group of sessions (open session)
Session D: Authorship: Literature, Childhood and Catching up with Crime. (Donna Rouner, Moderator)
Session E: Passion, Publication and Packaging: Turning pages can still be cool. (Cindy Christen, Moderator)
Session F: Moments and Memories in Time: Photo and Video in 2010
12:50 p.m. - Keynote address, Lory Student Center, North Ballroom
1-1:45 p.m. - Baghdad Café, North Ballroom, open session
D’Agata was the first American journalist in Baghdad 10 months before the U.S.-led invasion and was an embedded reporter during the Iraq War. He witnessed first-hand the fall of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit and was one of the first reporters in Fallujah when U.S. Marines fired on Iraqi civilians.
Since 2003, D’Agata has covered every major event in Iraq, including the first suicide bombings at the U.N. and the Jordanian Embassy; the establishment of the Green Zone; the capture of Saddam Hussein; the handover of power; the fight for Fallujah; the fall of Tikrit; the country’s first free and fair elections, and the trial of Saddam Hussein. He's covered virtually every major story in Europe and Asia during the last 10 years.
2-3:15 p.m. - Third group of sessions
Session G: The Voices, Images and Sounds of Sports (Pete Seel, Moderator)
Session H: The Impacts and Uses of Mobile and Social Media (Jamie Switzer, Moderator)
Session I: Science, Society and Scenic Visions (Joe Champ, Moderator)
3:30-4:45 p.m. - Special joint session: Crazy, Cool and Courageous
It's Wild, It's Crazy, and it's produced by CSU Alumni. Collection of entertaining and amazing shorts from festival entries
6:30 p.m. - Media Festival Awards dinner: Dinner seating for ticket holders only; must register in advance
7:30 p.m. - Awards ceremony in the Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom. Open to all.
11 a.m. - Ag Day Barbecue, Hughes Stadium
2 p.m. - Football: CSU vs. Idaho
Contact: Journalism and Technical Journalism Alumni
Phone: (970) 491-6310