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Hearst TV Executives to Visit Southern Miss April 15

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Hank Price

­­Seven executives from Hearst Television, Inc. will visit The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism Friday, April 15.

“Hearst Day at Southern Miss” will feature presentations by Hearst’s national vice-president for news and the general managers of three Hearst-owned television stations, including WAPT in Jackson and WDSU in New Orleans.

“This represents an amazing opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. He said the school’s students applied for the opportunity to take part, and the faculty selected 20 participants.  

Southern Miss Journalism alumnus Hank Price, a member of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism Advisory board and the president and general manager of Hearst-owned WXII in Winston-Salem/Greensboro, North Carolina, spearheaded the visit by Hearst executives. 

Price was inducted into the Southern Miss Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame last November.  “While I was on campus, I got the opportunity to meet with students and faculty members, and it occurred to me that Hearst would do well to be looking at Southern Miss grads as potential employees,” Price said. “The talent and the diversity of the student body is something that any national company ought to be interested in.”

The students who participate will get a chance to meet one-on-one with the Hearst managers, who will review the students’ portfolios.

“Our students will have an opportunity to get feedback from some of the country’s top television managers,” said Campbell. “Additionally, the faculty will get feedback about how well our students are doing and how well they’ve been prepared for careers in the industry. That’s very important to us, because we’re always trying to figure out how we can do better.”

Price will be joined by Barbara Maushard, vice president for news at Hearst Television; Stuart Kellog, president and general manager of WAPT-TV; Joel Vilmenay, president and general manager of WDSU-TV; Bruce Barkely, news director at WAPT; Jeff Wolfe, general sales manager at WAPT (a Southern Miss alumnus); and William Johnson, research director at WDSU. 

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, at christopher.campbell@usm.edu or 601.266.6283.