The 14 Days of Love Giveaway is back this year with a new way for students to win prizes. The Mass Communication Center invites all students to enter to win prizes by showing their love for life through social media.
The giveaway, held every year during February, is giving students the opportunity to win freebies to different events and restaurants. With Valentine’s Day coming up, winning tickets to a show or free dinner translates to a potential date for some students.
Students can enter the drawing by posting a picture of someone or something they love on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; mentioning @masscommcenter in the post and using the hashtag #mcc14days. Entries will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The grand prize is a $100 gift card to the campus bookstore. Other prizes include tickets to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Black Box Theater, Quick Wits, U of U gymnastics and basketball games. Gift card prizes include The Pie and iTunes.
Alison Arndt-Wild, Program Manager for the Mass Communication Center, says that the center has held the 14 Days of Love contest for the past three years with the goal of raising awareness of the content that communications students are producing at the college.
“Social media is just another way for us to let the students at Salt Lake Community College know that we have students in the COMM Department producing TV, radio and the newspaper,” says Arndt-Wild.
The Center for Arts and Media at Salt Lake Community College offers classes that train students for the in the media field. Some of these classes include news writing, video production and radio performance. Students enrolled in these classes have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by either writing for the student newspaper, having their own radio show, or producing for the student newscast.
“I found out about radio from our website and I thought it would be something good to do; something different for a change,” says Gaby Rivas, a theater major who is currently taking a radio performance class.
Media is constantly evolving with new ways of communicating to the public. Newspapers, radio, and television have been around for a very long time. Today all of these mediums incorporate social media into their programming. Communication students at SLCC who work in these areas are also using social media to provide information and spread the word about their media outlets.
“We thought that giving away free stuff to students is a way better way to get them interested in our social media than just saying ‘hey, go like our social media,’” says Arndt-Wild.