Communication Student Selected for Prestigious Media Sales Institute

For the sixth time since 2006, a Western Carolina University broadcasting student has been selected to attend the prestigious Media Sales Institute at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Terrence Tipps, a senior from Conover, was selected this spring through a competitive application process and will attend the institute May 11-21 in Tallahassee, Fla. The institute is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. “Terrence will be taking part in an intense, 10-day educational program that includes sessions on radio, television, cable, Internet and other media. Students are instructed by, and work with, some of the top media professionals in the country,” said Don Connelly, head of the department of communication at WCU. At the conclusion of the program, the students will make sales and marketing presentations to major companies looking to hire recent graduates, including such companies as Fox, CBS, Turner Broadcasting, Comcast, Katz Radio and Clear Channel Communications. “The institute selects only 25 candidates in the United States to participate, and we are honored that, for the sixth time, a senior from WCU was among those selected,” Connelly said. “The students are required to be graduating seniors because it is not unusual for attendees to be interviewed and offered positions following participation in the institute.” Tipps is the son of Thomas and Collette Tipps, and he graduated from Newton-Conover High School in 2005. For more information about WCU’s broadcasting and broadcast sales program, contact Connelly at (828) 227-3851 or via e-mail at