On Saturday, Oct. 2, Journalism students from West Liberty and Robert Morris Universities will team up to tackle some of the issues facing the student press.

Trumpet Faculty Adviser Tammie Beagle is excited about hosting the first-ever event.  “This will give our students a chance to meet their peers from another institution, forge some friendships, and realize that their successes and challenges are shared by others in the industry.  It should be a lot of fun,” Beagle said.

West Liberty Alumnus Dr. Marc Seamon is Faculty Adviser for The Sentry, RMU’s student newspaper.  He developed the idea for the summit.  “Basically, what I had in mind was an event held at West Liberty where newspaper advisers and student newspaper staffers from the schools could meet to share ideas and discuss issues — shop talk, really. I think it will be useful to all involved. It will further expose students to journalism themes and issues and will be a nice service activity for the faculty involved,” Seamon said.

The Symposium will also feature a plenary speaker.  Beth Skwarecki is a freelance science and technology writer and blogger from Pittsburgh.  She will talk about niche writing, online journalism, and freelance as a possible career choice.

The event will be held in the Alumni Room in the Student Union from 9:30 a. m. to 3:00 p. m.  If all goes as planned, Beagle and Seamon hope to make the Symposium an annual event, rotating host sites and including more colleges and universities.