Michael Davis Lecture Planned for Feb. 11

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 23, 2009 – The Department of Mass Media will sponsor the annual Michael Davis Lecture at noon during Common Hour on Wednesday, Feb. 11 in Rose Theatre, second floor of the Grauel Building. 

Speakers this year include Southeast Missouri State University alumni who knew Davis and worked with him on the student newspaper, The Arrow, at the time of his death.  They will speak about their experiences as student journalists covering the death of their colleague and friend.  Speakers are:

• Robb Blackwell, senior digital artist with Rodgers Townsend in St. Louis, Mo., who was the editor of The Arrow at the time of Davis’ death.  Blackwell graduated from Southeast in 1995.

• Josh Barsch, founder of Straight Forward Media, a pay-per-click Internet advertising management agency who now works and lives in Rapid City, S.D.  He is also a former editor of The Arrow who worked on the campus newspaper with Davis.  Barsch graduated from Southeast in 1996.

• Tamara Zellars Buck, is currently an instructor of journalism and communication law in the Department of Mass Media at Southeast and a former journalist with the Southeast Missourian.  She is also a former editor of The Arrow who worked on The Arrow with Davis at the time of his death.  Buck graduated from Southeast in 2000.

The Michael Davis Lecture recognizes the contributions of African-Americans in the media.  The event also honors the late Michael Davis, a mass communications student at Southeast who died as a result of a hazing incident. The Michael Davis Lecture is free and open to the public.