A well-known broadcast journalist and three public relations and advertising experts will visit the West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism Thursday, April 18, to discuss how the Sept. 11 attacks affected their industries.
“Attack on Mass Media: How Sept. 11 Changed Advertising and Public Relations”will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 of Martin Hall on the Downtown Campus. The event is open to the public.
Ed Rabel, a former broadcaster who now works for The McGinn Group in Washington, D.C., will serve as the moderator for the panel. Panelists include Scott Widmeyer, chairman and chief executive officer of Widmeyer Communications in Washington, D.C.; John Auge, senior vice president/creative director for Charles Ryan Associates; and Jim Matuga, advertising director for The Dominion Post.
Thursdays panel discussion will be the fifth special event held this semester as part of Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor Dr. George Espers spring class”The Role of the Journalist in War.”Esper designed the class as a response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Rabel, a veteran journalist, brings more than 35 years of global broadcast experience to The McGinn Group. Rabel is a seasoned journalist covering national and international high profile crises with top political figures.
Before joining The McGinn Group, Rabel was the NBC News Pentagon Correspondent from May 1993 until September 1997. From September 1997 until September 1998, he served as NBC ’s Cuba expert, covering the historic visit of Pope John Paul to communist Havana. He also covered the Southeast U.S. and all of Latin America.
While at NBC , Rabel was responsible for analyzing and reporting national security issues on air for all NBC News broadcasts. Among his achievements, Rabel was first to report on Israel’s illegal transfer of U.S. missile technology to China, as well as exclusively covering NEST , America’s closely guarded Nuclear Emergency Search Team program, both for”NBC Nightly News.”
Between 1985 and 1993, he worked as a Washington-based senior correspondent for NBC . Prior to that, he worked with CBS News as a New York-based national correspondent, Atlanta-based roving correspondent, Tel Aviv Middle East correspondent, Saigon-based war correspondent and Atlanta southern correspondent.
Auge graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and then moved to Charleston and made West Virginia his home. Since 1977, he has contributed to the community and the state with a high level of sophisticated design and creativity. He often works one-on-one with CEOs, presidents and senior management of many major West Virginia companies, providing innovative solutions to complex corporate challenges.
In December of 1998, Auge produced the Holiday Tour booklet for the White House and was a guest of then President and Mrs. Clinton for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and White House Holiday Reception. Auge serves on the WVU Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalisms Visiting Committee.
Matugas responsibilities at The Dominion Post include maintaining advertising revenue growth, increasing advertising market share, account management, client service and collections for the advertising department. He also directs the newspapers online productdominionpost.com.
He is a 1988 graduate of WVU s P.I. Reed School of Journalism.
He has worked for 10 years at The Dominion Post and has worked in advertising sales and management for Tschudy Broadcasting (radio) and Rutter Media (cable television).
He is the recipient of numerous advertising creative and sales awards nationally, regionally and in the state of West Virginia. He has been recognized in national trade publications for best practices in sales and account management. He has also earned certificates from the American Press Institute.
Widmeyer founded his firm in 1988, after holding major communications positions with five national leadersformer President Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro and the late president of the American Federation of Teachers, Albert Shanker.
He serves on the boards of the March of Dimes, GLAAD and the Victory Fund and is active in the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the National Press Club and the Sky Club of New York.
He received a bachelors in journalism from WVU where he was editor and managing editor of the campus daily newspaper and where he has established two scholarship funds to benefit African-Americans and first generation West Virginians who are seeking degrees in journalism.