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Sports Media: Know the Score!

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Sports media is bigger than ever, as new digital outlets emerge to compete with the wide and growing array of TV and radio networks. If you have a passion for sports, excellent writing skills, and are a team player, our panel of sports media all-stars can help you create a game plan for winning the job you want.

Mike Francesa, host, Mike's On: Francesa on the FAN, WFAN

Maggie Gray, Lead Anchor,

Van Adams, Founder and CEO, Van Adams Sports Group

Moderator: Larry Berger, Senior Assignment Editor, MSG Varsity

Presented with The New School's Dept. of Media Studies and Film

The New School, Theresa Lang Center, 2nd Floor, 55 West 13th Street (5th and 6th Avenues)

Arab Spring: Syria One Year Later

Monday, March 26, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

The wave of unrest throughout the Middle East began in Tunisia in December 2010 and spread to Syria in March 2011, where protesters were met with brutal force from Assad's government. Events have gone from bad to catastrophic: demonstrations have escalated and the press has been banned. Experts explore possible outcomes.

Deborah Amos, NPR Middle East correspondent and author of Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile and Upheaval in the Middle East

Mohamad Bazzi, Journalism Professor, NYU; Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Book signing follows.

Presented with NYU's Steinhardt Dept. of Media, Culture and Communication

NYU, Kimmel Student Center, #802, 60 Washington Square South

Careers in Travel Media - Part One: Write Your Own Ticket!

Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Combine your flair for writing and passion for exotic locales to break into the world of travel media. Excellent communication skills and good writing samples, online or print, can lead to a travel career as new opportunities open up. The best travel pros in the business share valuable tips and resources to help get you started.

Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News; host, Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show

David Kaufman, Freelance travel journalist whose work appears in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Travel+Leisure

Rodrigo Calvo, Managing Director, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Americas
Nina Willdorf, Travel Expert; Former Editor-in-Chief, Budget Travel

Moderator: Lisa Lambden, Founder, The Travel Channel Academy

Presented with NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway (61st and 62nd St.)

Careers in Travel Media - Part Two: Create Great Videos

Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Lisa Lambden and Michael Rosenblum are video journalism pioneers turned TV producers. Over the years they have trained thousands of video professionals who are now creating content all over the world.

Join us as Lisa and Michael reveal the elements of creating engaging, professional travel video, and learn what you can do to get your work noticed.

Presented with NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway (61st and 62nd St.)

The George Polk Award Winners: Missions Impossible

Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (reception starts at 5:30 pm)

Meet the winners of this year's Polk Awards for Excellence in Investigative Journalism. Discover how despite incredible obstacles, they managed to unearth some of the most compelling and important stories of 2011.

Jane Mayer, The New Yorker: "The Secret Sharer," an exposé on the unfair prosecution of a whistle-blower

May Ying Welsh, Al Jazeera English, "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark"

C.J. Chivers, The NY Times, ongoing coverage of Afghan and Libyan wars

Sara Ganim, The Patriot-News, Penn State football's sex abuse scandal

Moderator: John Darnton, Awards Curator (former Culture Editor, The NY Times)

Presented with Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts and Media Arts Dept., Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Flatbush Ave. (DeKalb & Willoughby)

On-Location: Big Fuel, Social Media

Thursday, April 5, Time TBA

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Big Fuel is a social media agency focused on PR, brand marketing, analytics and crisis management. This forward-thinking company sits at the intersection of Madison Ave and

Hollywood, creating engaging content for social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and more, to connect people with big-brand product stories.

Meet Big Fuel's CMO and a founding partner to learn about the latest in communications and direct engagement.

Space is limited; register early.

GeniusRocket: Crowdsourcing Ads

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Many found this year's Super Bowl commercials rather predictable. The few ads that did generate buzz were produced by amateurs. More and more, the creation of entertainment and marketing content is shifting into the hands of the audience. That's right: "just folks" with little or no association with the advertising industry are getting into the game.

Is user-generated content the wave of the future? And if so, what does this mean for the advertising industry?

Peter LaMotte, President, GeniusRocket

Moderator: Erin Griffith, Writer, PandoDaily

Other speakers TBA.

Presented with NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway (61st and 62nd St.)

Media Research: Where the Jobs Are

Monday, April 16, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Research leaders talk about where the jobs are in the area that drives all major media decisions. If you have an analytical bent and a head for data, this is a great way to get a foot in the door in the media industry.

Dossie McCraw, Director, Audience Research and Program Planning, HBO

Alan Wurtzel, President, Research and Media Development, NBC Universal

Tom Ziangas, SVP, Research, AMC Networks

Howard Shimmel, SVP, Nielsen Solutions/Client Insights, The Nielsen Co.

Moderator: Beth Rockwood, Senior VP, Market Resources and Ad Sales Research,

Discovery Communications

Presented with The New School's Dept. of Media Studies and Film

The New School, Theresa Lang Center, 2nd Floor, 55 West 13th Street (5th and 6th Avenues)

An Evening with Adrian Grenier
Date and Location TBA

After eight seasons playing a popular movie star on HBO's Entourage, Adrian Grenier steps behind the camera to explore the nature of celebrity.

In his directorial debut, Teenage Paparazzo, Grenier profiles Austin Visschedyk, a unique product of our star-struck society who, at the age of 13, was already a freelance celebrity photographer earning up to $2,000 a shot.

Don't miss our screening of the film, featuring Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Brooke Shields, Whoopi Goldberg, Mario Lopez, Lindsay Lohan, Noam Chomsky, Eva Longoria, and both Paris and Perez Hilton.

Q&A with director Adrian Grenier follows.

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On-Location: Text 100 New York

Wednesday, April 18, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

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Take a trip to Text 100, also known as the biggest small PR agency, with offices in over 30 cities around the world. You'll hear from New York-based PR pros ("Texties") who shape stories for clients that include MTV, Skype, Nokia, and BMW. The company prides itself on its entrepreneurial spirit, and has received many "best employer" awards for its collaborative workspace and making work/life balance a priority.

Jessica Casano-Antonellis, Account Director

Erin Burke, Account Manager

Bob Gohn, Account Executive

Sarah Hudson, Account Coordinator

Aedhmar Hynes, CEO

Space is limited; register early.

TV Development: Striking Ratings Gold

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

What distinguishes a break-out show? Will it survive beyond its awesome pilot and keep viewers engaged? Among the pitches, the spec scripts, and the casting dreams, a mega hit series is waiting to be discovered. Development visionaries swap war stories and share insights on what goes into creating must-see TV.

Kathleen McCaffrey, Creative Exec, HBO

Shannon Fitzgerald, SVP, Series Development-East Coast, MTV

Tom Sellitti, Development Exec., Apostle; Co-Executive Producer of Rescue Me and Canterbury's Law

Nicole DeFusco, VP, Original Programming, Sundance Channel

Moderator: Sam Thielman, Cable TV Writer, ADWeek

Presented with NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway (61st and 62nd St.)

On-Location: Zynga New York

Friday, April 27, 3:00 pm

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From Mafia Wars to Farmville to Words With Friends, Zynga connects social gamers across seven continents with compelling content and addictive concepts.

Founded less than five years ago, Zynga has emerged as a leader in the wide and diverse world of social gaming, producing multiple hits, and heating up Wall Street with its record-breaking IPO.

Come see where the magic happens and hear from both game developers and "suits" who will reveal what is behind Zynga's runaway success story.

Space is limited; register early.

Documentary Screening: BONES OF TURKANA

Date and location TBA

Richard Leakey has spent more than forty years scouring the badlands around Kenya's Lake Turkana, searching for fossil clues that could reveal how we became human.

Don't miss this special pre-release screening of Bones of Turkana, a fascinating documentary which follows Leakey's team across an austere African landscape to uncover mysteries of the ages. Film features music by Paul Simon and the Kenyan Boys Choir.

Q&A with the director and producer follows the screening.

Meet John Heminway, explorer and filmmaker, who since 1967, has been documenting wild corners of our planet and astonishing audiences with his films. Katie Carpenter is a longtime producer and director of documentaries and television series about nature, travel, and the environment.

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On-Location: PEOPLE Magazine

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The grande dame of celebrity and human interest publications is still going strong after more than 35 years.

Known for its "Most Beautiful People" and "Sexiest Man Alive" issues, it also publishes People en Espanol. Its website is one of the most-visited of the entertainment/celebrity news sites. Come meet the editors and see how this weekly magazine comes together.

Meet the journalists who cover all things entertainment, from celebrity gossip and red carpet fashion to the latest political scandal. Find out how they get the scoop and stay Number One in a competitive environment.

Space is limited; register early.

On-Location: ABC's The Chew

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First there was The View, now there's The Chew, ABC's newest daytime hit celebrating great food.

Hosts include renowned chef Mario Batali, fashion maven and author Clinton Kelly, health and wellness guru Daphne Oz, restaurant owner and author Michael Symon, and Top Chef finalist and restaurateur Carla Hall.

Come see a live taping with this fun team of celebrity foodies who will demonstrate the latest trends in food, lifestyle, and entertaining.

Q&A with executive producer Gordon Elliot follows.

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On-Location: The Huffington Post

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AOL's acquisition of The Huffington Post made big news last year--and now more than ever, it is the go-to news site for everything from politics to tech to weird news. Come see how the writers, bloggers and editors develop and curate local, national, and international stories for a web-focused audience that prides itself on being the first with the latest.

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On-Location: Lippe Taylor

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Lippe Taylor is an award-winning branding and communications agency with a singular focus: marketing to women. Through traditional media, social media, and events, the agency has "a way with women." On this visit to Lippe Taylor's offices in New York, we'll see how the team works with clients ranging from Ikea to Elizabeth Arden to develop breakout communications plans.

Space is limited; register early.