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Advertising Legend Tom Burrell to Present at Howard’s Communications Job and Internship Fair

The inaugural class of the Media Messaging Fellowship will present on the image of African Americans in the media

Tom Burrell

WASHINGTON (October 24, 2012) – Tom Burrell, author of the best-selling book “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority,” will participate in a panel presentation on media messaging research during the 2012 Annual Communications Job and Internship Fair, Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Blackburn Center.

During the event, Burrell will introduce the 2012-2013 Media Messaging Fellows, the inaugural class of the Media Messaging Fellowship. Through the fellowship, student researchers investigate the impact of media messages on African Americans and explore ways to improve African-American images in the media. The fellows will present their findings during the panel discussion.

Burrell, a member of the American Advertising Foundation Hall of Fame and the founder of Burrell Communications in Chicago, created the Brainwash Resolution Project in 2007. The project’s mission is to challenge and reverse ongoing mass media stereotypes and negative race-based conditioning.

The Brainwash Resolution Project and other donors underwrite the Media Messaging Fellowship at Howard.


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