BHSU to host Media Blitz for middle and high school students

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, March 16, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Students from area middle and high schools will work with professionals in the media to record PSAs for a community cause of their choice during BHSU&rsquos "Media Blitz" April 21.



Middle and high school students will create public service announcements with help from professionals in the media Tuesday, April 21 at Black Hills State University.  The day-long "Media Blitz" event is sponsored by BHSU&rsquos School of Education and mass communication program with support from the Chiesman Endowment for Democracy.

Co-project managers Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communications, and Dr. Mitch Hopewell, coordinator of distance education graduate programs at BHSU, said they hope the Blitz lays the groundwork for students to use technology and media to participate in local democracy.  

"In one day the middle and high school students will create a media kit with a press release, radio PSA, video PSA and social media suggestions.  We&rsquoll send it all home with the students and they&rsquoll be ready to use the materials to promote a cause important to them and their community," said Caton-Rosser.

Media professionals from South Dakota Public Radio, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Black Hills Pioneer, in addition to BHSU faculty and mass communication students, will coach the middle and high school students in developing the angle for their chosen cause and producing materials for their media kits.

"We&rsquoll coach the students to think strategically about their topic, cause, or organization and then use the different media communications technologies to contribute to civic engagement," said Caton-Rosser.

To enroll middle or high school students in the Media Blitz, contact Caton-Rosser by April 5 at 605-642-6422 or

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