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Loyalist College to Host Belleville Mayoral Debate on October 7

September 10, 2014

Members of the community are invited to participate in a mayoral debate at Loyalist College. Students in the Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast and Television and New Media Production programs will host the debate and take questions from the public. The ‘Your Voice, Your Vote’ event will also be broadcast live over the College radio station CJLX 91X FM, as well as Scribble Live online, QNet News Twitter and QNet News Facebook Live. In addition, Cogeco will air the debate as part of its ‘Behind the Ballot’ election coverage.

What:                          Debate of Belleville mayoral candidates

Members of the public can participate in person and online

When:                          Tuesday, October 7, 7 to 8:30 pm

Where:                        Alumni Hall, Loyalist College, Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville

All mayoral candidates in Belleville have been invited to participate in the event, which will feature a short speech from each candidate followed by questions from the floor. The moderator will also relay questions from the public submitted through social media.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our students to cover the debate across multiple platforms as it’s happening,” says Kathleen Bazkur, Acting Dean of Media, Arts + Design. “Students in our Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast program will build on the community engagement they began with the ‘Your Voice, Your Vote’ project. Contributing to an informed, engaged electorate prepares our students to enter newsrooms across North America as cognizant, critically aware and highly technically skilled graduates.”

“Hands-on experience in Loyalist’s fully integrated newsroom enables our students to produce top-quality coverage,” adds Eric Howard, Coordinator of Television and New Media Production at Loyalist. “Our students will videotape the candidates addressing the issues and broadcast it live for public consumption.”

Third-year Journalism student Greg Murphy is looking forward to the debate. “I think that this event will be a pivotal moment in my education. Everything we’ve been learning will now come into practice. It’s nerve-racking, but at the same time, I’m feeling optimistic. My classmates and I will do our best to produce the most comprehensive election coverage for the citizens of Belleville.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the debate in Alumni Hall or participate online at For more information about programs in the School of Media, Arts + Design, visit

About Loyalist College

Located on 212 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Internationally renowned for its enriched student learning and living experiences, Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior success services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers 65 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and more than 500 online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and the LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit

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