Fifth Annual Diversity Conference Addresses Journalism and New Media

April 1, 2010 at 9:16 am

University of South Carolina Upstate students will get answers on the state of Journalism and New Media and how to best navigate today’s tough job market at the Fifth Annual Diversity Conference scheduled for April 6 in the Campus Life Center Ballroom.

The event begins at 12 noon and will feature Patrick Cannon, Charlotte City’s at-large council member who has represented District 3 and served as Mayor Pro Tem for Charlotte. Other scheduled speakers include Vince Coakley, news anchor for WSOC-TV, and WBTV’s Dedrick Russell, president of the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists, who will attend the event with other members of CAABJ.

“This is another excellent opportunity for our students to network and meet exceptional role models,” said Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu, associate professor of journalism at USC Upstate and organizer of the Annual Diversity Conference. “We have been lucky to have such dynamic speakers for this conference. Hopefully, our students will get wonderful tips on how to set themselves apart after attending this year’s event.”

Ugochukwu added that Councilmember Patrick Cannon, for instance, is not just a council member, but is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of a parking management and design-build company. He is also the owner of a Historical Landmark building, which he leases in Uptown Charlotte, so “he is in a great position to help our students understand how to chart their own courses and create new sources of employment upon graduation.”

The Annual Diversity Conference has brought several prominent speakers to USC Upstate including Sen. Mobina Jaffer, who represents Canada’s British Columbia; John Prendergast, former Director, National Security Council in President Clinton’s administration; Dr. Liliane Koziol, Deputy Consul General of Madagascar; Dr. Lanze Thompson, current Vice-President of Finance for CNN as well as CNN’s anchors Fredricka Whitfield and Femi Oke.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Office Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please contact Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu at