Communication Professor Part of Media Roundtable on Media Relations Crises in Ferguson, NFL

McCollough_ChristopherCOLUMBUS, Ga. – Christopher McCollough, a Columbus State University assistant professor of communication, will take part in a roundtable of journalists from local and national news organizations who will discuss the recent media relations problems facing local police in Ferguson, MO in the wake of an unarmed shooting and the NFL regarding their domestic violence policies, respectively.

The roundtable takes place Tuesday night in Schuster 130 on CSU’s campus, and is sponsored by the Columbus-Metro Association of Black Journalists, a new chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, and will include Washington Post political reporter Wesley Lowery, Former ESPN Senior Editor Keith Reed, Clear Channel Program Director Derrick "Lil D" Greene, WTVM's Barbara Gauthier, and Davis Broadcasting's Michael Soul. McCollough will serve as a crisis communication expert, offering a best practices perspective on how organizations such as the Ferguson Police Department and NFL should approach their crisis situations with the media and the public. The roundtable is open to all CSU students, as well as the public.

McCollough said of the media roundtable, “I am excited to join such an experienced group of professionals in discussing current events in a critical light that can be useful to local government, civic organizations, and even private companies. My students ought to see this as an opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business about dealing with crisis situations and media relations at the local and national level.”

McCollough, a native of Virginia, earned both his master's and bachelor's degrees in communication from Virginia Tech. He earned his PhD in Mass Communication and Public Affairs at LSU in 2012, specializing in public relations, political communication, and media relations. At CSU, McCollough helps coordinate the curriculum in CSU's public relations degree concentration.

CSU's Department of Communication, based in the Carpenters Building on CSU's RiverPark campus, also offers conventional Bachelor of Arts degree tracks in mass media and communication studies, as well as an online three-year B.A. in communication with a civic leadership focus.

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