Bethany College Announces Annual Communication Week

Bethany, W.Va. – The Bethany College Communication Department has announced the schedule for its 47th annual Communication Week, themed “Walking the Line: Taking a Look at Ethics in Mass Communication.” Communication Week is slated for April 14-19 on the College campus.

The week will feature presentations from prominent Bethany College alumni and local professionals working in the communication field. The lectures, set to take place in the Academic Parlour at historic Old Main April 14-15, will each deal with the many ways in which technology and the changing face of mass communication are affecting the ethical issues professionals must face on a daily basis.

Communication Week will close Sunday, April 19 with an awards reception in the Private Dining Room of Benedum Commons, where students will be recognized for their contributions to campus media and communication organizations throughout the year. Those seeking additional information should call Communication Department Senior Fellows Ian Hicks at (304) 829-8189 or Zachary Macormac at (724) 747-8278.

The schedule for Communication Week 2009 is as follows:

Tuesday, April 14 (Academic Parlour)

  • 6-6:45 p.m. – J. Michael Myer, Executive Editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, will discuss changes that the Internet has brought to ethics in the newspaper business.
  • 6:45-7:30 p.m. – Kurt Franck ’78, Managing Editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Toledo Blade, will speak from experience regarding the journalistic issues raised by accessibility of technology, including image-altering software like Adobe Photoshop; as well as ethics in investigative journalism today.

Wednesday, April 15 (Academic Parlour)

  • 6-6:45 p.m. – Dan Verakis ’94, Principal of Verakis Associates in Chicago (with experience in strategic communication and the development of marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies), will discuss how professionals can maintain ethical standards while performing effective crisis management in the world of public relations.
  • 6:45-7:30 p.m. – A panel including Communication faculty members, Stephanie Panas (Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce) and Jennifer Braum ’06 (Executive News Producer for WTOV-9), will give advice to students on finding a good internship, how to prepare an effective resume and how to impress potential employers in job interviews.

Sunday, April 19 (Private Dining Room, Benedum Commons)

  • 5:30-7 p.m. – Communication Awards Reception (5:30-6:15 p.m.: Hors d’oeuvres and beverages, browsing of campus media displays; 6:15-7 p.m.: Presentation of awards.)
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.