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ASU offers free media literacy course

Arizona State University has launched its first-ever free online course titled “Media LIT: Overcoming Information Overload,” designed to help students understand, analyze and create media.

The open, digitally-enabled course is the first of its kind offered by a major journalism program, and features guest speakers like New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, among others. The course is hosted on the edX platform, and includes readings, videos and activities that enable students to learn how to assess and consume news and be better informed.

“This new course makes world-class journalism and communications instruction more accessible to people around the world,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and ASU vice provost.

The course began online July 6, but students may still enroll. More information on the course is available here.

Interviews with Dan Gillmor, lead ASU professor of practice and author of multiple books, including “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People”, can be scheduled by contacting Joe Giordano (contact info above). Gillmor teaches digital media literacy at ASU, and is an advisor to several technology and media-related ventures.

Marketing action plan

Enterprise Offers Free Course for Business Leaders

Enterprise University, an educational program offered by Enterprise Bank & Trust, will continue its Spring 2013 courses with an April 24 class on “Creating a Marketing Strategy to Build Brands and Drive Results.” The morning workshop includes a continental breakfast and will focus on strategic, smart and innovative techniques that not only build brands but produce impressive results and generate a ROI.

This session will cover the best marketing practices online and offline for the following:
* Research and brand positioning
* Creative services
* Media planning/buying
* Web design and interactive marketing
* Public relations and special events

The instructors are David Nobs, Director of Business Development and Ben Smith, Director of Account Development at The Lavidge Company, a Phoenix-based advertising, public relationsand interactive marketing agency.

Enterprise University provides free educational seminars on a variety of relevant topics for business owners and their leadership taught by experts in a variety of fields including advertising, marketing, business continuity, financial planning and more.

WHAT: Course for business leaders on “Creating a Marketing Strategy to Build Brands and Drive Results”

WHERE: Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85014

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

COST: Free to business owners and leaders. Registration is required.

RSVP: Visit www.enterprisebank.com/eu to register

David Nobs has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations. He’s directed high-profile campaigns for clients ranging from Bank of America and Microsoft to NASCAR, the NFL, NHL, LPGA and PGA of America.

Ben Smith has been on the leading edge of Arizona business and technology since 1985. Ben developed his expertise in project, design and long-range planning during his work in the public and private sectors, including serving as Director of Operations for a multi-million-dollar consulting firm where he managed engineering, programming and R&D teams nationwide.

Enterprise University will continue through May, with courses during the month of April focusing on marketing strategy and sales management.