WCU student from Iredell Co. selected for Media Sales Institute

Jessica Bartley of Mooresville is one of two Western Carolina University broadcasting students who have been selected to attend the Media Sales Institute at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University during the summer.

Bartley, who learned about the institute through contacts made at recent conferences of the National Association of Broadcasters and the Broadcast Education Association, will be taking part in an intense, 10-day training program that will include sessions on radio, television, cable, Internet and other media. At the conclusion of the institute, she and other participants will present mock presentations to major companies looking to hire graduating students, including Turner Broadcasting and Clear Channel Communications.

“The institute selects only 25 candidates for participation, and we are pleased that two students from WCU were among those chosen,” said Donald Connelly, director of the broadcasting program at WCU.

The institute is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters.

A graduate of South Iredell High School, Bartley is the daughter of Thomas and Patricia Bartley of Mooresvile. She graduated from Western on May 6 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Also taking part from WCU will be Kristen Boggs, a graduate of Crest High School in Shelby and a broadcasting major on track to graduate in August.

For more information about the broadcasting program at Western Carolina University, contact Donald Connelly at (828) 227-3851 or dconnelly@wcu.edu.