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FTC Mass Communication student Starr Fuentes was invited by the Fair Media Council to be a featured panelist at its 2019 annual national media conference. She wrote about her experience for The FTC Record online.

by Starr Fuentes

On December 3rd, the Fair Media Council held its annual conference at the Garden City Hotel in Garden, City New York to bring the news media and interested professionals together. This event’s theme is “Real and Powerful.” With panels ranging from “Establishing Relationships With The News Media” to “Fine-Tuning Your Social Media,” the Fair Media Council made it known that there would be a wide range of topics. Some notable guest speakers included BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, Wall Street Journal Reporter Aisha Al-Muslim, and CNN Senior Political Analyst & Anchor John Avlon. This conference was a perfect way to have open discussions with media experts.

I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker on the “News and The Millennial Generation” panel. I spoke alongside Subrarta De, Executive Producer for VICE Investigates and Diane Masciale, Vice President and General Manager for WLIW. Our moderator was Mark Lukasiewicz, former NBC News executive and current Hofstra University Dean of the Lawrence Herbert School Communication. Sitting beside these extremely talented and educated news professionals was a true honor.