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WIU Alum Joe Poulos to Give Keynote Speech at Journalism Day October 26

October 21, 2011

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MACOMB, IL - -Western Illinois University alumnus Joe Poulos will be the keynote speaker at WIU's Journalism Day Wednesday, Oct 26.

Poulos' speech, "Public Relations: Preparing You for a Bright Future," is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the University Union Sandburg Theatre. He will explain the ins and outs of public relations (PR) and what promises it offers to potential college students. PR is one of many careers that a journalist can pursue.

Poulos, who graduated with a bachelors of arts degree in journalism in 1999, has been at Edleman since 2004. Previously, he worked for JP Morgan Chase and Ashton Partners. In 2002, PRWeek named Poulos as one of the top six young public relations professionals in the nation.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with workshops starting at 10 a.m.

Journalism Day offers regional high school teachers and students, as well as WIU students, an informal workshop, a guest speaker and opportunity to take part in a question/answer session.

A schedule with full list of events is below.

10-10:50 a.m.- Workshops
"Advertising: The Art and Science of Persuasion"- Associate Professor Terri Simmons, Algonquin Room

"Students Blogging as Alternatives"- Professor Bill Knight, Union Board Room

"The Profile Story: Writing about People"- Assistant Professor Lisa Kernek and Director of Student Publications Richard Moreno, Chicago Room

"Freedom of Information: Journalist's Right to Access Government Information"- Assistant Professor Yong Tang, Cardinal/Oak Room

11 a.m.-noon - Joe Poulos. "Public Relations: Preparing for a Bright Future," Sandburg Theatre

12- 12:45 p.m.- Pizza lunch, Sandburg Lounge

12:45-1:30- visit with the campus newspaper, "Western Courier" or Tri States Pubic Radio WIUM 91.3 and WIUW 89.5

The Department of English and Journalism, Visiting Lectures Committee and the WIU Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America sponsor Journalism Day.

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