LSU Manship School to Host Virtual Event Series on Communications During COVID-19

April 15, 2020 

Communications and COVID-19: A Virtual Event SeriesBATON ROUGE – As the world continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, accurate and timely communication on complex issues takes on a new meaning. Communication professionals, government leaders, community advocates and industry heads are adapting to this new landscape to continue informing their audiences through both traditional and unorthodox means. The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will host a series of virtual events exploring these adaptations.

The series, Communications & COVID-19: A Virtual Event Series, will bring together community members, communications professionals and industry experts to discuss the challenges facing professionals and policymakers during these strange and uncertain times. The virtual event will take place via Zoom.

The current lineup includes:

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 3 p.m. – Advanced Care Planning and COVID-19
    Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are having conversations about navigating the healthcare system in a challenging time as well as our own mortality and that of our loved ones. These are often overwhelming topics to examine. Join a conversation with the 2019 Reilly Center Public Policy Fellow and CEO of Votive Health, Torrie Fields, MPH, and Executive Medical Director of Palliative Care for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Dr. Mark Kantrow to learn about the manageable tasks that everyone can do to alleviate some of the stress in making difficult healthcare decisions.
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. – Crisis Communication in the Era of COVID-19
    The need for timely, transparent and trustworthy communication has been heightened in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. From government to tourism, every industry has been dramatically impacted by the global pandemic. Co-authors of “Public Relations and Journalism in Times of Crisis: A Symbiotic Partnership” LSU Manship School professor Jinx Broussard, Ph.D., and University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism Dean Andrea Miller, Ph.D., will lead a discussion with communicators in government, tourism and healthcare to discuss how they are navigating crisis communication.

Registration for each of the events can be found here. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link and information on how to join. The events will also be recorded and uploaded to the Manship School’s YouTube channel.

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The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented, and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. Its public relations students were recently ranked the #1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.