William & Mary

Conference to explore how citizen scholars can engage with media

The W&M Washington Center in conjunction with The Flat Hat, one of the university’s student newspapers, will present “Engaging with Media as Citizen Scholars" April 8.

The free event is open to students, staff, faculty and the Williamsburg community and will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Tidewater A room of the Sadler Center. The program is part of the Washington Center’s W&M Study in D.C. Day, which brings Washington to Williamsburg.

"The media plays a large role in shaping our understanding of local, national and global affairs," said Drew Stelljes, assistant vice president for student engagement and leadership and executive assistant professor of education. "As active and engaged citizens and engaged scholars it is our opportunity and responsibility to consume, produce and respond to media with a similar commitment that we make to understanding communities, dissecting scholarly material and writing research papers."

Featuring CBS reporter Paula Reid '05 as the keynote speaker, "Engaging with Media as Citizen Scholars" will include several panel sessions with accomplished media professionals. 

"Most of the speakers are alumni of the university," said Stelljes, who will moderate the event. "We asked them to return to W&M to share their expertise, their insights to encourage us all to reflect on our role as active citizens and engaged scholars."

Panelists will include Karyn Bruggemann ’10, of the National Journal; Greg Schneider ’85, Washington Post and Brian Mahoney ’09, Politico.

More information on "Engaging Media as Citizen Scholars" and other W&M Study in D.C. Day events is available online.