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MDC Journalism Speaker Series Continues for Students Aspiring for a Career in Media

David Levinthal and Mercedes Soler

David Levinthal and Mercedes Soler

Miami, June 17, 2008 - In an effort to create an exchange and learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in journalism and the communication arts, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Journalism Speaker Series continues with David Levinthal, Dallas Morning News political reporter, and Mercedes Soler, Spanish language broadcast journalist, writer and columnist.

This month, the event will take place at noon on Tuesday, June 24, at the Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 2106. This event is free and open to the public.

Past speakers include WPLG 10’s Laurie Jennings, David Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Richard Lemus of WSVN 7, among others.  

“Our aim is to provide educational enrichment to our students through an innovative and interactive learning experience that brings our students face-to-face with industry professionals,” said MDC North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente. “We’re pleased to expose our students to such a diverse and stellar line-up of media personalities.”

The series is the brainchild of Manolo Barco, the media adviser to the student newspapers at MDC’s North Campus (The Falcon Times) and the Wolfson Campus (The Metropolis) and Cindy Irizarry, TV producer for MDC In Focus.

“We hope the journalism speaker series will give our students an intimate look at what it takes to be a journalist,” Barco said. “Getting feedback and advice from seasoned journalists can only help our young student reporters mature professionally.”

The series runs through July 22. Each program includes a presentation by the journalists and a 15-minute question and answer session. 

Journalism Speaker Series upcoming schedule:

Tuesday, June 24, at 12 p.m. 
Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 2106

Mercedes Soler-formerly of Univision
Dave Levinthal, Dallas Morning News, political reporter

Tuesday, July 22, at 1 p.m.
North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27 Ave., Room 4207

Natalie Rodriguez-WIOD 610-News Radio, morning anchor  
David Ovalle-The Miami Herald, police reporter

For more information about the speaker series, please contact Manolo Barco at 305-237-1255 or 305-237-3477. 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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