The fourth estate in the Columbia area has new heads at multiple helms, and Media Club of Columbia (MCC) welcomed them at its September meeting.
Dr. Tom Reichert, new dean of the School of Information and Communication at the University of South Carolina, was the catalyst for this fall semester welcome.
Reichert most recently was professor and head of the department of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia.
He is president elect of the American Academy of Advertising, 2017-2018.
To his introduction to MCC, Reichert brought a number of his faculty members for whom the monthly meeting also was a first.
Andy Shain recently assumed the position of Columbia’s Bureau Chief for The Post and Courier where he oversees a three-person Statehouse reporting team from the newspaper’s office on Main Street. He also is heading up the expansion of South Carolina’s largest newspaper into Columbia.
He spent nine years at The State covering business, sports and politics, and a little more than a year as editor of Free Times after the weekly paper was bought by The Post and Courier’s parent company in 2016.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Shain worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte and Columbia.
Margaret Wallace recently was named Executive Director of the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. Rose Dangerfield recently was named Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Anna Edmonds recently was named Managing Editor of Columbia Living Magazine.
In addition to these leaders, the first meeting of the fall season also drew other seasoned professionals representing all areas of media: electronic and print.
MCC was founded nearly a half century ago to afford members working in all areas of media the opportunity to cultivate collegial relationships. Some founding and early members remain active; young professionals are drawn to the organization as a source of networking.
Media Club of Columbia meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm at the American Legion Post 6 on Pickens Street.
For information, call Frank Adams (803) 240-7998.