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EAC to offer course in media communications this fall

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EAC to offer course in media communications this fall

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—Students interested in a career in communications, writing, broadcasting, marketing, public relations, as well as community members curious about how media affects society will benefit by taking EAC’s Introduction to Media Communications (MDC102, Section #0552) this fall.

This course gives a general overview of communication theory and discusses the various forms of mass media, including books, television, movies, audio, the Internet, and digital media.

The instructor, Kimball Hansen, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Hansen has over 30 years of experience working in communications for various Fortune 500 companies and has taught similar courses at other community colleges.

Hansen says that the course will not necessarily be a difficult course because most people already know the vocabulary since they are immersed in it every day. But understanding media and how it effects us as a society is important.

“We’re all consumers of mass media and much of what we are exposed to has an agenda behind it,” explains Hansen. “It’s important to understand how they work so we can be more informed about our media-rich world.”

This fall, the three-credit class will meet Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in EAC’s Academic Programs building, Room 115.

Students 55 and older qualify for a tuition waiver which covers the cost of in-state tuition. To enroll, contact EAC’s Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at