Media Strategist to Discuss Public Relations at next WVSU Creators Program Event Feb. 9

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Feb. 3, 2017
Media Strategist to Discuss Public Relations at next WVSU Creators Program Event Feb. 9

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Gain advice on public relations and promotion at West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) next Creators Program event.

West Virginia native Burke Allen, CEO and Chief Media Strategist of Allen Media Strategies in Washington, D.C., will discuss “Public Relations for the Independent Contractor” on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the WVSU Economic Development Center (EDC) in Charleston. The event is free and open to the public.

“In today's digital world, anyone from anywhere can produce content...from publishing books, to making music, even movies,” Allen said. “The question do you then promote it? I’ll tell you how...and it'’s easier than you think.”

Allen’s work includes helping connect authors, entertainers and public figures with the world’s leading media outlets, such as “The Today Show,” “The View,” CNN, Fox News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Allen also represents West Virginia clients such as filmmaker and graphic novelist Daniel Boyd, a retired WVSU communications professor; bestselling author Homer Hickam; Dreama Denver, wife of the late “Gilligan’s Island” star Bob Denver and head of The Denver Foundation and; “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

In addition, Allen is the author of “Becoming Semi Famous,” and is a regular contributor to various industry publications.

The Creators Program launched in 2012 as a series of community talks and workshops focusing on skills and knowledge essential to creating for mass media and art. The EDC partners with WVSU Cultural Activities and the West Virginia Film Office on the series.

Space is limited for the events, and registration is required. To register, visit

The WVSU EDC is located at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston.

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