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New Session Added to the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting Program

OAH-2015-Annual-Meeting-BLACKFor the OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis this month, we’ve added an exciting new session: “Media Training for Historians.”

This session can help you improve your media profile, get your articles and op-ed pieces read and accepted by editors, perform better during on-camera and on-air interviews, and create a vibrant social media profile.

Moderated by Christian Purdy, director of publicity for Oxford University Press USA, “Media Training for Historians” will offer helpful advice on crafting articles and op-eds that don’t get rejected, outline approaches for successful radio and TV interviews, and give practical suggestions for navigating social media platforms to best highlight your research and establish you as a go-to historian for producers. Panelists Tony Messenger, the editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial page, and Sarah Russo, social media consultant at Sarah Russo Public Relations, will share strategies and insights on how to get editors to say “yes” to your pitch and on what radio and TV producers are looking for in subject experts to get you on their contact lists and onto their radio and TV shows.

“Media Training for Historians” is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, during the 1:45–3:15pm concurrent session. It is sponsored by Oxford University Press. For more information on the Annual Meeting, please visit