William Peace University Welcomes C-SPAN Executive, Howard Mortman, to Discuss New Media and Politics

Feb 9, 2015

William Peace University welcomes C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman as part of William Peace University’s FREE Guest Speaker Series on March 17th at 3:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. Mortman comes to William Peace University as part of the Scripps Howard/AEJMC Social Media Fellowship Program.WPU Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Lynn Owens, won the competitive fellowship and spent two weeks in Washington, D.C. working with Mortman and his team at C-SPAN this past June.On his visit to WPU, Mortman will be guest lecturing in Communications courses and working with students one-on-one to review their professional portfolios. During his campus visit, he will also discuss the exciting and often tumultuous challenge of covering politics in Washington, D.C., as well as how social media is being used to reach and engage audiences.

“WPU Communication majors are being given a unique opportunity, further preparing them for successful careers in the organizations of tomorrow.”

Mortman is a member of the executive leadership team for the nation’s only public affairs cable TV network, and leads the organization’s million-followers-strong social media efforts.  Mortman worked previously as Public Affairs Directors for New Media Strategies, and as the Communications Director for the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. He was also a producer for the MSNBC Program “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

“My fellowship at C-SPAN was one of the highlights of my professional career so far,” said Owens. “Howard and his staff taught me so much about choosing topics and crafting messages for social media. When covering politics especially, it’s crucial to keep the tone neutral, yet interesting at the same time, and there’s definitely an art to doing that. I am thrilled that Howard is coming to Peace to share his expertise.”

“William Peace University is fortunate to welcome media expert Howard Mortman to our campus through the Scripps Howard/AEKMC Social Media Fellowship Program won by Dr. Lynn Owens earlier this year,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Through guest lectures, one-on-one portfolio reviews and a presentation designed for students and professionals, WPU Communication majors are being given a unique opportunity, further preparing them for successful careers in the organizations of tomorrow. Connecting them to an industry professional like Mr. Mortman demonstrates our enduring commitment to our mission and our students.”

The public event is open to members of the WPU and surrounding community, and to local media and communication professionals, at no cost.

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