The School of Media Arts and Studies will welcome Imgur’s Sarah Schaaf on Friday March 31st as a part of MDIA day for Scripps CommWeek17. An alumnus of the School of Media Arts & Studies, Schaaf is widely regarded as a leader in the field of media and technology and has received wide accolades with profiles in Fortune, Fast Company, and Business Insider, to name a few. Schaaf was recently voted the “2017 Queen of Tech” at South by Southwest.
Schaaf will join School of Media Arts & Studies Lecturer Josh Antonuccio for a Q&A keynote event at 1:30PM in Schoonover 145. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Earlier in the day Schaaf will host an interactive discussion on women in the media industry with female leaders of WIMI, Brick City, and ACRN. This event will be at 9:00 AM in Schoonover 450.
As head of community, Schaaf has been instrumental in Imgur’s explosive growth, with 150 million monthly active users turning the site and its app into a wildly popular destination. Sarah's open dialog with users has helped the site function as a massive community, enabling it to go toe-to-toe with competitors like Reddit and Tumblr. The image-sharing site first launched in 2009, with Schaaf’s brother Alan working from his dorm room at Ohio University. The company now has more than 60 employees and attracts a faithful online community with image views exceeding 75 billion per month. Imgur is a trove of user-shared GIFs, memes and inside jokes, ranging from funny animal videos, to do-it-yourself craft lessons and nature collages. Content on Imgur is popular fodder for Reddit, Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere.
Following Schaaf’s keynote event, the School of Media Arts & Studies will host an alumni panel titled “Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Music Industry”. The event will take place at 4PM in Schoonover 450. This panel discussion will feature MDIA alumni in the music industry discussing the music marketplace and sharing insights for ways to best prepare for careers in the industry. The panel will include Rachael Lacava, Creative Assistant at Audio Network in NYC, Anthony Lauletta, Social Media Manager, Alternative Press, Dave Polster, Vinyl Mastering Engineer at Well Made Music, and Callie Reynolds, Music Designer at Orchid Music Design.
On Thursday March 30th, the School of Communication Studies will be co-sponsoring an event with the School of Media Arts & Studies and the Central Region Humanities Center to premiere the documentary “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask”. This two-hour feature explores the life and legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar, who was born in 1872 and died in 1906. Dunbar was the first African American to achieve national fame as a literary artist. The screening begins at 6PM in Schoonover 145, with a reception to follow in the lobby.
Additional MDIA events for COMMWeek17 on Friday March 31st include a discussion of Media and Social Change at 10:30 AM in Scripps 106, featuring MDIA students Emma Schultz, Adam Little, Emily Quinn & Kim Reynolds, as well as an evening showcase of films from the 48-hour shootout and animations developed from MDIA students. This screening event will take place at 7PM in Schoonover 450.
On Thursday March 30th, the School of Journalism will be co-sponsoring “Composing the Musical Landscape” in Schoonover 448 at 2PM. The event will feature insights and demonstrations of music compositions for multimedia projects.