'Communication, Race and Power' theme of Communications Week

Actor and producer Tim Reid, Akron Beacon Journal managing editor Mizell Stewart III and investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell will headline the campus Communications Week, March 27-29.

Hosted by the School of Communication Studies, this year’s speakers and panelists will address the subject of “Communication, Race and Power: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age.”

All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Tim Reid
Tim Reid
On Monday (March 27), Tim Reid, the Emmy-nominated actor, director and producer, will address students, faculty and the community during “An Evening with Tim Reid,” from 7:30-9 p.m. in 202 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Best known for his starring role in the popular CBS television series “WKRP in Cincinnati,” Reid has also had starring roles on “The Richard Pryor Show,”“Simon & Simon,”“Frank’s Place,”“Snoops,”“Save Our Streets” and the hit WB series, “Sister, Sister.” He received two Emmy nominations for his work on “Frank’s Place” and received the NAACP Image Award and the Viewers for Quality Television Award.

Reid has launched his own production company, Tim Reid Productions, and has produced several television movies and four independent films. He is in the process of building his own film studio.

On March 28, the School of Communication Studies will host an academic conference exploring issues of race and digital media. “African-Americans in Film and Television: 20th-Century Lessons for a New Millennium” will explore both the historical struggles of African-Americans and their depictions in and by the media. The conference will address those lessons carried forward into new digital media and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 308 Union.

Stewart, from the Beacon Journal, will speak about news consumers during a BG News Reunion at 5 p.m. March 28, also in 308 Union. His lecture, “People Like Me,” will explore the changing demographics of news consumers and the intense competition media organizations face to better reflect the lives of their readers and viewers.

Mitchell, an investigative reporter at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., will speak from 7-9 p.m. March 29 in 121 West Hall. His lecture, “Searching for Justice: A Journalist’s Tale,” will focus on his reporting that put four Klansmen behind bars, including Byron De La Beckwith, for the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers. Mitchell’s work has also been an inspiration to others. Since 1989, authorities in Mississippi and six other states have reexamined 29 killings from the civil rights era and made 27 arrests, leading to 22 convictions.

For his work, Mitchell has won 16 national awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service. He received his master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University.

Reid’s lecture is sponsored by the School of Communication Studies, the Ethnic Cultural Arts Program, the colleges of Business Administration and Technology, the departments of Popular Culture and Theatre and Film, Pepsi-Cola and the University Activities Organization. The BG News is sponsoring Stewart’s lecture, while Mitchell’s talk is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Journalism.

For more information about the week of activities, contact Dr. Tori Ekstrand at 2-9544 or
March 20, 2006