The Paine College Department of Media Studies launches “Paine College Digital Dialogue”

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/4/2015 08:04 AM

The Paine College Department of Media Studies has introduced “Paine College Digital Dialogue”, a multi-media exchange that connects students to industry professionals. This web-based speakers’ bureau allows young people to have candid conversations with experts in the world of communications and other related fields. The bi-monthly digital seminar occurs the 1st and third Thursday of every month in the Haygood-Holsey Bldg. - Room 210, at Paine College at 3:30 PM. 

Veteran sports writer and reporter, David Aldridge is one of several celebrity journalists and experienced professionals to appear on Paine College Digital Dialogue, an educational speakers’ bureau.  Aldridge, an award-winning journalist, has worked for some of the most distinguished media companies in the country including the Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT/TBS.

Other area students and guests from the CSRA are invited to join the conversation by registering via email by sending a request to 

Paine College Digital Dialogue is conducted via SKYPE, bringing experienced professionals into the classroom. The selected speakers panel has an impressive list of professionals dedicated to provide their insight and expertise. Guests slated to appear on Paine College Digital Dialogue are:    

David Aldridge – One of the most prolific writers and reporters in sports, David Aldridge is a an analyst for TNT/TBS.  His career includes working for The Washington Post, ESPN, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Tony Kornheiser Show, NBA TV and Turner Broadcasting.  Aldridge has covered many celebrated events including NASCAR, Stanley Cup Finals, NCAA Final Four, and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships just to name a few.  

Bruce Dunn – One of the most well respected professionals in television, Bruce Dunn is Operations Supervisor at ESPN.   An experienced television executive, Dunn has covered six Olympic Games as well as extensive work for the NCAA, NFL, and college football.  He is the father of Vine celebrity and comedic prankster, Eric Dunn. Dunn is a former public television general manager, and has an extensive catalogue of his work.  

Halie Gerima – An independent filmmaker and Howard University professor, Halie Gerima is internationally renown for his work.  The Ethiopian born director, writer, producer, and cinematographer is best known for his epic film Sankofa, but is a celebrated film professional with many other documentaries to his credit. 

Steven James – The Emmy Award winning producer/director is a 30 year veteran of the television industry, working with NBC, ABC, NFL Films and NBA TV. He is also the original director and producer of BET’s 106 & Park. One of the most sought after directors in the business, James is an experienced producer as well.  

Michaela Pereira – Co-host for CNN morning show, “New Day”, and a nine-time Emmy Award winning talent, Pereira is the former host of KTLA’s morning program in Los Angeles. Pereira has also been awarded with three (Radio & TV News Association) Golden Mike Awards.  Beyond the newsroom, Pereira has been honored by several community organizations and works with many programs for at-risk youth and teens.   

Danielle Ricks – Known as the Geek Diva Gadget Girl, Ricks is a multi-media specialist who has worked in every broadcast medium.  An award winning journalist, Ricks has also worked for Disney Entertainment, The Gayle King Show and BET Networks. 

Rashid Abdul Salaam – Mr. Abdul Salaam is a CNN analyst, and a 35 year veteran of law enforcement and police investigation. A specialist on security matters, he provides community awareness seminars on personal rights when stopped by the police.  Abdul Salaam also instructs sensitivity training to police departments both domestically and internationally.  The experienced security specialist has been a guest on Fox, Headline News, and Al Jazeera Network.