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Two journalism students named to prestigious advertising program for minorities

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 17, 2006) -- Two Ohio University journalism students were invited to participate in the nation's leading advertising program for minority students.

Tiffany Bowden was named a finalist and Erin Joyner an honor roll finalist for the American Advertising Federation's (AAF) Most Promising Minority Students Program. Both students are in the advertising sequence in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

As finalists, Bowden and Joyner will have the opportunity to network and interview with the nation's top advertising agencies, media companies and advertisers at an exclusive event at the New York Athletic Club in New York City on Feb. 7-9.

Both students will be featured in an article in USA Today and the Feb. 6 issue of "Advertising Age," the industry's leading international publication.

"Both Tiffany and Erin are excellent students and are very involved with the journalism program at the university," said Jan Slater, associate director of the journalism school.

To be invited into the program, students throughout the country are nominated by their professors and then reviewed by AAF officials. Fifty-one finalists were chosen as well as a selection of honor roll students.

The nation's top minority students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding of the advertising industry while company executives can recruit minority graduates and form a workforce that more accurately reflects the multiculturalism of today's society.

Slater said these awards highlight Ohio University as a worthy competitor with the country's top journalism schools.

"The journalism school attracts people here because of its reputation, as reflected by these students," she said. "The honor of having students named to the AAF program is a way to continue the effort to recruit more minority students to the School of Journalism."

"We're all very cognoscente of the ever-changing diversity of the country, and it behooves us to attract top minority students to our school," Slater said.For information on this program and event or for further information regarding the American Advertising Federation, visit their website at www.AAF.org.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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