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Power, PR and the Press: A Review of the Penn State Scandal

May 01, 2012
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Point Park University's Student Center
7th Floor, 322 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (formerly the Downtown YMCA building)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When the Penn State scandal erupted in November 2011, many reporters were directly involved in covering the story as it unfolded. Other media and communications professionals watched as Penn State became entwined in a crisis of huge proportions, a legal case that is still underway, with repercussions that will affect the school’s reputation for years to come.

Amidst the tragedies lies a tale of caution and challenges for the communications teams involved. Join us as we review the story angles that were explored, facts that the media uncovered and how it was handled by publicists, right and wrong.

Five communications and press clubs are coming together to present: Power, PR and the Press: A Panel Discussion on the Penn State Crisis on Tuesday May 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Point Park University Student Center, 7th Floor, 322 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (formerly  the Downtown YMCA building)

To register, you must be or a member of either:

-      Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh

-      International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/ Pittsburgh)

-      Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) of Pittsburgh

-      Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, or

-      The Society of Professional Journalists. 

Each member can bring one non-member guest. The fee of $20 is for all who attend, and covers admission and refreshments.

Panel includes:

-      Bill Moushey, Point Park University

-      William Schackner, staff writer, Post-Gazette  

-      Paul Alexander ROOT Sports

-      Deb Erdley, staff writer, Tribune-Review

-      Bob Oltmanns, a veteran public relations consultant and president of OPR Group

Our moderator, Oliver S. Schmidt, is a strategic communication and crisis management consultant with C4CS®.

Panelists will not be second guessing the Penn State media relations team; every situation has its own challenges that must be faced by those involved. As professionals, we see this as a unique opportunity to compare the public relations and media points of view. 

Please register online at by April 24.  You may pay online with a credit card, or at the door with cash or a check (made out to PRSA Pittsburgh). 


$20.00 PRSA Members

$20.00 IABC Members

$20.00 Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh

$20.00 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania

$20.00 The Society of Professional Journalists