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On the Front Lines with the First Amendment


The official Media Summit program can be downloaded here: Media Summit Program 2020-Final

The theme for the 2020 Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit has been revealed as “On the Frontline with the First Amendment.” Scheduled for Oct. 28, the all day virtual event will give students the opportunity to learn more about the role the First Amendment plays in our world today

Throughout the day, notable panelists and career connectors, who will be revealed later this month, will attend classes and Q&A sessions to give Oswego students the inside perspective into the field of communications. At 3:30 pm, the panelists will join via a Zoom Webinar to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matters movement, and the 2020 Presidential Election, and their relationship to the media. Following the panel discussion, students will have the opportunity to virtually meet with career connectors that work in their desired career.

Dr. Brian Moritz, Faculty Advisor, says he and the executive board could not be more excited about the topic for this year’s Media Summit.

“2020 has been like no other year any of us have ever lived through, and the Black Lives Matter protests, the on-going pandemic and the upcoming election continue to demonstrate the important role that journalists play in our society.”

SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts hosts the Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit each fall. It’s a day-long event that welcomes media professionals to campus for engaging conversations about timely, important topics facing media industries and media consumers. The Media Summit was founded in 2005, and in 2007, it was renamed in memory of beloved SUNY Oswego professor, the late Dr. Lewis B. O’ Donnell.


The Media Summit is made possible by SUNY Oswego and SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media, and the Arts.