Media Skills Training
In this workshop, you will receive hands-on training on using print, broadcast and social media to advocate educational, artistic, and activist issues in an ethical manner. The goal of this workshop is to offer a critical and practical overview of media relations and the role of public opinion in journalism. A distinction of this workshop lies in helping women’s participation in media advocacy to enhance career, fundraising, philanthropy, international relations, and personal development. Learning outcomes include development of media skills, public relations, and self-esteem in education, art and social justice.
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Samita Nandy earned her PhD in media and celebrity culture from the Department of Media and Information at Curtin University, Australia. She is also the director of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies and writes as a cultural critic on fame. Her international media relations and work led her to be featured on CBC News, CTV’s Breaking News, CP 24, OMNI TV, The Globe and Mail, and the Canadian Journalism Foundation, among many more. Her work has been published in edited books The Performance of Celebrity (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013) and The Emotions Industry (Nova Science Publishers, 2014). Her forthcoming book Fame in Hollywood North: A Theoretical Guide to Celebrity Cultures in Canada will be published by WaterHill Publishing in 2015.
Shannon Skinner is an award-winning television and radio host, inspirational speaker and author. She is the creator and host of the television series and online platform, Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner, the ultimate online life-guidance resource for women. She has interviewed hundreds of influencers, experts and celebrities. Some notable guests include actress Mariel Hemingway, TV personality/entrepreneur Debbie Travis, and singer/songwriter Jully Black. In June 2015, Shannon launched SHANNON SKINNER LIVE radio show broadcast on VoiceAmerica Women’s Channel. Shannon is the author of The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity, a how-to book on unleashing creativity and living an extraordinary life. As a writer, she contributes to several publications including The Huffington Post, and covers topics such as creativity, inspiration, feminine leadership, influence and travel. She is the recipient of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Arts & Science’s Alumni of Influence Award 2014. Shannon studied creative writing at the University of Oxford and film studies at Ryerson University, and received her B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan. She is based in Toronto.