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Broadcasting challenges topic of guest speaker

  • TV news director Jill Manuel to speak at Grand Valley

Posted on November 07, 2012

The challenges of multimedia journalism will be the main topic of a guest presentation by television news director Jill Manuel. Given that her position is at WEWS, the ABC station in Cleveland, Ohio, she will also address crucial issues about the election. Manuel’s broadcasting career has also included stints at CLTV and WBBM in Chicago. 

Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members, and the public, are welcome to the free presentation Wednesday, November 14, from 4-5:30 p.m. in room 2263, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus.

Keith Oppenheim, assistant professor of broadcasting in the School of Communications, will introduce the speaker and present  a video, “Non-Stop News,” that he produced about multimedia journalism. He said it gives a very helpful picture as to what is happening in the industry – and how things have changed so quickly in just the past few years. 

“Jill is someone who really understands the challenges of transforming an old-school newsroom into a one prepared for the digital age,” said Oppenheim. “What’s refreshing about her is that she is the first to say – it’s not easy. She will also have lots to say about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ohio and the election.”

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