O'Donnell Media Summit to explore digital 'revolution'

Steve LeblangThe Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit at SUNY Oswego on Wednesday, Oct. 22, will explore the “Media Revolution” in a panel discussion which can be viewed in a Web simulcast.

The fourth annual summit will feature class visits and commentary by Sony BMG executive J. Scott Dinsdale, radio trade magazine publisher Erica Farber, Oswego graduate Steve Leblang (pictured) of FX Networks, Patrick Stiegman of ESPN.com and media guru Jack Myers.

The day’s highlight is a panel discussion featuring all five visitors at 3 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus. Joining the media experts on stage will be student reactor Candace J. Dunkley.

As executive vice president of digital operations and new technology for Sony BMG, Dinsdale is on the forefront of the media revolution, helping connect international music artists with distribution partners. He previously worked as executive vice president of digital strategy for the Motion Picture Association of America.

Farber has been consistently recognized as one of the top executives in the radio industry. The president and publisher of respected trade publication Radio & Records, Farber is known as a driving force behind the delivery of news reflecting trends and growth in the industry.

Leblang handles research and strategic development for FX and Fox Movie Channel as senior vice president at FX Networks. The 1981 SUNY Oswego graduate has spent a majority of his professional career in media research in the television industry.

Stiegman is vice president and executive editor/producer for ESPN.com. He oversees the day-to-day public and premium sports content—including news, commentary, analysis, enterprise and community—of the popular sports brand’s online presence.

Moderating the panel will be Myers, editor and publisher of more than 30 publications and Web sites targeting media, advertising and entertainment professionals. More than 30,000 senior executives read the JackMyers Media Business Report and visit the JackMyers.com network of media industry Web sites.

Student reactor Candace J. Dunkley is a senior broadcasting and mass communication major with a minor in Spanish. She works at student-run television station WTOP and interned at News 12 Westchester and the NV Innovations Management Program.

Alumnus Louis A. Borrelli Jr. of the class of 1977 founded the summit in 2005 with a leadership gift. Last year, he and Al Roker, a 1976 graduate, provided funding to name it in honor of O’Donnell, longtime chair of Oswego’s communication studies department, who passed away in 2007.

Past guests have included legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, ESPN and ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer, and Oswego’s own Linda Cohn (class of 1981) and Ken Auletta (class of 1963).

Admission to the 3 p.m. panel is free but limited tickets are available. For information, call 312-2141 or e-mail tickets@oswego.edu.

For more information, or for another link to today’s Webcast, visit www.oswego.edu/mediasummit.

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(Posted: Oct 01, 2008)

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