By Mesa Messenger staff
Grand Junction– Monday morning, the mass communication program at Colorado Mesa University celebrated its 27th annual Media Day.
This event brought over 150 local high school students to CMU who are interested in journalism, photography, videography, public relations, and radio to experience the mass communication program firsthand.
Students got the opportunity to learn about Onsite News Reporting with CMU alumni Brandon Thompson from KREX, The In’s and Out’s of Radio with Rachel Rose and Max Ryan from Magic 93.1 and Basics of Obtaining Public Information with Erin McIntyre from the Daily Sentinel.
Media Day incorporated new activities such as a trivia game, a movie screening of “Taking the Lede” during lunch, and campus tours.
An award ceremony presented certificates of achievement to high school students who submitted their work in journalism to be judged by CMU professors.
Media Day officially ended at 1 p.m., but mass communication professors and student media leaders held an optional Q & A session for those who wished to stay.
Media Day 2017 also marked a first for CMU. Traditionally, faculty and staff from the mass communication department have organized the event; however, this year the Public Relations Club, housed in the mass communication department, has been solely responsible for organizing the event. Over the past two months, PR club’s President Ciera Colson, Vice President Alexis Dymek, and Secretary Siena Shupe have been preparing diligently for Media Day.
“This event was amazing despite the fact that this is our club’s first time putting on Media Day. We have worked really hard to make this day awesome for Colorado’s high school students,” Shupe said.
Media Day 2017 was one of the largest turnouts in recent years.