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In Your Face Politics: Television and the Intensification of Political Emotions

October 22nd, 2012 in College of Communication, Lectures 0 comments

Is the way Americans experience politicians and political conflict different now from how it was in the past?

On October 25 at 4pm, Dr. Diana C. Mutz will deliver the 3rd Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture entitled, “In Your Face Politics: Television and the Intensification of Political Emotions.” During her presentation, Dr. Mutz will draw on a series of experimental and survey studies to illuminate the consequences of incivility and the unique visual perspective of televised politics. Dr. Mutz’s findings have implications for understanding the strong emotions tied to contemporary politics.

Dr. Mutz is a Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Communication and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in research on public opinion, political psychology and mass political behavior with an emphasis on political communication.

The event, hosted by the Communication Research Center, will take place in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center (8 St. Mary’s Street). The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Judy Smith on Campus for “Inside a Scandal: Sex, Politics and Drama”

September 14th, 2012 in Alumni, College of Communication, Talk 0 comments

Judy A. Smith, the nation’s top crisis manager, attorney, author, BU alumna, and co-executive producer and inspiration behind ABC’s hot new television drama, Scandal, will be on campus Monday, September 24 for Inside a Scandal: Sex, Politics and Drama. The discussion with Smith will occur in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad.

The talk  will be moderated by BU alumna and WCVB-TVs Karen Holmes Ward and  will include exclusive screenings of scenes from Season 2 of Scandal.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.  RSVP by September 19th to reserve a seat.

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COM to honor PR legend Harold Burson

February 17th, 2011 in Uncategorized 0 comments

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Harold Burson, one of the world’s most successful public relations practitioners, will be honored Friday, February 18 when Boston University’s College of Communication (COM) helps him celebrate his 90th birthday with a symposium beginning at 1 p.m. in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center (8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston). The event is free and open to the public.

Burson co-founded Burson-Marsteller, a leading public relations agency, with Bill Marsteller in 1953 and has been credited with introducing integrated communication marketing to public relations practice. Throughout his career, Burson has supported public relations research and education, developing training programs and mentoring young professionals. His company has a long history of collaboration with BU and has hired many Boston University COM graduates. He also is responsible for funding the Harold Burson Professor and Chair in Public Relations at COM.

In 2000, PR Week named Burson as “the century’s most influential PR figure” in recognition of a culmination of more than 50 years of service as a counselor to and confidante of corporate CEOs, government leaders and heads of public sector institutions.

The highlight of BU’s birthday celebration will consist of a speech by Burson and he will be recognized and honored through remarks by COM students, alumni and faculty.

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Redstone Film Festival Tonight

February 9th, 2011 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, Chairman of VIACOM, the Redstone Festival is recognized as one of New England’sredstoneposter_webartpremier film and television venues, featuring projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from Boston University’s College of Communication (COM).

The event is free and open to the public at BU’s Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Ave.); doors open at 6:25 p.m. and seating is first come, first serve.

More information is available here.

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Top NBC Exec Lecturing Today

February 9th, 2011 in Uncategorized 0 comments

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The College of Communication is hosting a lecture by Lauren Zalaznick, Chairman of the NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media. One of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women,” Zalaznick will discuss how she went from indie producer to corporate executive with chefs, housewives and celeb moms today from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the SMG Executive Dining Room (4th Floor). The event is free and open to the public.

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COM Names Redstone Finalists

February 4th, 2011 in Uncategorized 0 comments

redstoneposter_webartThe Boston University (BU) College of Communication (COM) has announced the finalists for the 2011 Redstone Film Festival. Finalists will complete for first, second and third place, and winners will be announced at the screening event, Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. at BU’s Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston).

Open to the public, admission for the popular event is free and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

This year’s finalists are:

The Life Smugglers - directed by David Wells

¿Que? – directed by Stephen Ohl, Dimitri Kouri, Zack McGeehan & Michael Nusbaum

Salty Dogs – directed by Dimitri Kouri& Zack McGeehan

Your Way Home – directed by Pietro Nigro

Seashells – directed by Álvaro Congosto

September – directed by Maya Tanaka

Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Viacom, the Redstone Festival is recognized as one of New England’s premier film venues. Showcasing the best short films written and directed by COM’s undergraduate and graduate students, the short subject films range from entertaining and whimsical vignettes to touching and powerful dramatic episodes.

“The Redstone Festival screenings in Boston, Los Angeles and New York, are the most anticipated events of the year for BU Film and TV and we are excited to showcase the best films that our department produces,” said Paul Schneider, Chairman of the Department of Film & Television at COM. “And, this year we are adding a new competitive category to our Los Angeles Redstone event. We will be screening a winning short by one of our alumni to be selected by a faculty panel.”

On April 1, 2011, the Redstone Festival travels to Los Angeles where student films compete again for a West Coast-based panel of judges. In addition, COM has announced a new “Best Alumni Short” category for the Los Angeles competition. To qualify, films must have been produced or directed by a BU Alum post-graduation. The running length must be no longer than 30 minutes and must be on DVD format (Blu-Ray preferred). The deadline for entry into the Alumni category is February 25, 2011.

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How is Social Media Changing the News Landscape?

October 18th, 2010 in Uncategorized 0 comments

In the age of Twitter and other social media networks, where anyone can “break news,” how is traditional journalism changing, who are the true journalists, and what is the difference between news and information?  Those were just a few of the interesting questions examined at <em>The Media Landscape: How Social Journalism Is Changing the News Industry, </em>a panel discussion hosted by BU’s public relations office on Oct. 12.

Moderated by BU alum and founder of <a href=”http://www.helpareporter.com/” target=”_blank”>Help a Reporter Out</a> (HARO), <a href=”http://shankman.com/” target=”_blank”>Peter Shankman</a> (COM ’94), the panel featured experts from the traditional news world, PR and the blogosphere, and included <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/com/about-com/faculty/thomas-fiedler/” target=”_blank”>Tom Fiedler</a>, Dean of the <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/com/” target=”_blank”>College of Communication</a> (COM); <a href=”http://twitter.com/lvanderpool” target=”_blank”>Lisa van der Pool</a>, broadcast editor and reporter at <em><a href=”http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/” target=”_blank”>The Boston Business Journal</a></em>; Adam Gaffin, founder and editor of <a href=”http://www.universalhub.com/” target=”_blank”>Universal Hub</a>; and <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/com/about-com/faculty/stephen-quigley/” target=”_blank”>Steve Quigley</a>, Associate Professor of Public Relations at COM.

Watch the complete event below and check out a recap from <a href=”http://www.bu.edu/today/node/11683” target=”_blank”>BU Today</a>.

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