11/21/2011 01:41 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs and the Manship School
of Mass Communication are launching the Manship School’s Academy of Applied Politics,
a nine-week certificate program offering training in running political and public
Led by renowned Louisiana political consultant Roy Fletcher, classes will be held
on Wednesdays in the spring of 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Journalism Building
on LSU’s campus.
The academy’s semester will begin with orientation on Jan. 25, 2012. The academy will
run Feb. 15 through April 4, 2012.
“The Manship School’s political communication program trains students in the practical
aspects of politics,” said Bob Mann of the Manship School’s Reilly Center. “This new
academy is a natural extension to the community of the training we offer our students
“The academy’s focused, thematic approach to practical politics is designed for potential
candidates, individuals interested in working on a political or public affairs campaign
or those interested in learning more about the political process,” he added.
Each week, the academy will focus on a different topic and will host a guest or guests
who are noted for their expertise in that particular area of political campaigning.
“The experts we’re bringing in are some of the best in the nation,” said Fletcher.
“With their skills and decades of experience, they will prepare emerging leaders for
Speakers will include:
The course is open to the public, although enrollment will be capped at 25. The fee
Participants attending at least seven of the nine sessions will earn certificate attesting
that they have successfully completed the academy’s course of study. Five Manship
School students will be admitted on scholarship.
All applications must be submitted by January 1, 2012. Applications can be emailed
to Emily Tiller at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Manship School’s Academy of Applied Politics
c/o Emily Tiller
211 Journalism Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
An integral part of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, the Reilly Center
for Media & Public Affairs promotes greater understanding and cooperation between
the academic world and practical politics. Its mission is to generate thoughtful programs,
dialogue and research about mass communication and its many-faceted relationships
with social, economic and political issues. The Reilly Center uses the intellectual
muscle of the school’s faculty to help address practical problems and advance good-government
Evident in everything the center does is its commitment to strengthen and advance
the Manship School’s national leadership in media and politics. The center’s agenda
is diverse and fluid – from the annual John Breaux Symposium, which hosts national
experts to discuss a topic that has received little or no attention, to conducting
the annual Louisiana Survey, a vital resource for policymakers that tracks advancements
and regressions of citizen attitudes about state issues and services. Its action-oriented
and partnership-driven philosophy underscores the Reilly Center’s dedication to tackling
ideas and issues that explore the relationship of media and the public in democratic
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011