On Friday, February 28, 2014, students at the University of Oregon will have the opportunity to attend a half-day workshop featuring a range of women sharing their experiences working in media industries.
The event, “Women Working in Media,” sponsored by the School of Journalism & Communication and the ASUO Women’s Center, will be held at the Ford Alumni Center and the Bijou Metro Cinema.
Mary Erickson, an adjunct instructor at the School of Journalism and Communication, initiated the planning of this event when a discouraged student told her about concerns of discrimination during an internship experience.
Students will be able to attend any or all events consisting of a panel luncheon, six workshop sessions and a film screening.
The panel luncheon, entitled “Mentors, Allies and Friends:Empowering Women Professionals to Be the Change in Media,” will feature representatives from print journalism, digital and social media marketing, film productions, TV broadcasting, advertising and online media. Participants will discuss challenges and successes they have faced during their careers.
In addition to the luncheon, each representative will lead a workshop session exploring topics that include entering the workforce, seeking out allies and advocates, and maintaining a happy balance between life and work.
Panelists include, Siouxsie Jennett, founder of Mambo Media in Portland; Hillary Lake, reporter at KATU-TV; Tiffani Lupenski, news director at KATU-TV; Tara Johnson-Medinger, film producer & executive director of POWFest (Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival); Mary Schmich, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune; Bonnie Wan, brand strategy director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Lindy West, staff writer for Jezebel.
“The workshops are a chance for students to really target the industries they’re interested in working in, to hear some of the concerns that other people have and to hear about the very personal experiences that each of the individuals have had,” Erickson said.
After the workshops, a film screening of “Rock N Roll Mamas” will take place at the Bijou Metro Cinema with a Q&A with Tara Johnson-Medinger, one of the film’s producers.
The event is free but registration is required. Registration is available online at: http://guestli.st/225993. The deadline to register is February 24, 2014.
This event is sponsored by the School of Journalism & Communication, ASUO Women’s Center, Career Center, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Cinema Studies, CoDaC, Dean of Students, Division of Undergraduate Studies and the Explore Identity project, Ethnic Studies, Wayne Morse Center, and Women and Gender Studies.
—Hayley Lane, ’15 Journalism