White House photographers to headline M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium

This year's event is part of a two-week Career Development series.

This year's event is part of a two-week Career Development series.

White House photographers Ralph Alswang and Paul Morse are set to headline this year’s annual, but expanded, M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium on March 23.

Partnering with the Department of Art and Design, the M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium is just one of many events planned as a career development series that culminates in an industry-specific career fair for both sets of students, said Hall School of Journalism and Communication Director Dr. Robbyn Taylor.

“When it comes to journalism, communication, art and design, we are already natural partners as all of those areas blend together in different ways as part of the industries our students want to work in,” she said. “For example, successful advertising campaigns need compelling text and engaging graphics. Digital websites incorporate not only articles, but also illustrations, photos and creative design. 

“This year, we are grateful for our relationship with the Department of Art and Design faculty who have personal connections with this year’s guests and helped facilitate wonderful opportunities for both sets of students.”

The Career Development series features two Career Open Closet events, a portfolio review, resume reviews and pitches, a student showcase and more.

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In addition to the Symposium on March 23, two afternoon workshops will be held from 1-3 p.m. featuring “Visual Storytelling” with Will Jacks, assistant professor of photography at TROY, and “Motion Graphics” with TROY alum Travis Carlson, animator and designer with Brains on Fire.

The M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium is held on the Troy Campus each spring and brings in industry professionals to engage with TROY’s students and the surrounding community. The symposium is named for Stan Evans, founder of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and TROY’s Buchanan Chair of Journalism until his death in 2015.

The M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium is held in the Trojan Center Ballrooms and is free and open to the public. 

Career Development series:

March 21: Career Open Closet, 1-4 p.m.

March 21: Portfolio reviews, 1-4 p.m., location TBA

March 22: Guest Speaker Reception, 5:30 p.m., Idea Bank

March 23: M. Stanton Evans Symposium, 9:30 a.m., TC Ballrooms

March 29: Resume reviews and pitches, TBA

April 18: Career Closet Open, 1-4 p.m.

April 19: Motion graphics and augmented reality, TBA

April 19: Student Showcase, TBA

April 20: Career Fair 9 a.m.-noon, TC Ballrooms