URI student organization to team with local professionals to learn more about social media, Nov. 29

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Public Relations Society to host “Social Media Social”

KINGSTON, R.I. –– November 22, 2011–The University of Rhode Island will hold its first Social Media Social event where professionals and URI students can network over ice cream and learn from one another. Top social media professionals will present their insights during keynote talks and a panel discussion. Hosted by URI student-led Public Relations Society, the “Social Media Social” will be Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The event will feature keynote speeches by Rhode Island social media professionals Suzanne McDonald, Chief Content Strategist at Designated Editor, and Shawn Simmons, Director of Public Relations at StyleWeek.

A panel discussion, led by URI Communications Assistant Professor Adam Roth, will allow students to ask questions about careers in social media. Panelists are:

Kevin Vine Manager of Interactive Marketing Dunkin’ Brands

Nichole Wardle of Longwood Events

Brian Hodge of GoProvidence.com.

Joannah Portman-Daly of the URI Writing Department.

Students will also network with web and social media professionals, business owners, and members of Newport Interactive Marketers, the region’s premiere resource for social media and Web 2.0 networking and learning.

The Social Media Social, sponsored by the URI Harrington School of Communication and Media and the Communications Studies Department, will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom, 50 Lower College Road, Kingston. this event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, visit http://newportinteractivemarketers2011uri.eventbrite.com/ or on Twitter by searching #URISMS.

About The Public Relations Society:

As a free student organization at the University of Rhode Island, PRS provides students with hands-on communications experience by offering public relations skills to peers, promoting non-profits, and offering professional development opportunities that transcend classroom learning. PRS hosts events that encourage connections with public relations, marketing, and business professionals and also maintains an alumni chapter. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/URIPRS.