Scott Faingold, a full-time faculty member in the UIS Communication department, will facilitate a practical “how-to” workshop on crafting the story of YOU, because your customers, constituents, and adoring followers WANT TO KNOW!
A little about the (AWESOME) presenter…
Reporter, broadcaster, novelist, musician, UIS instructor, and founder/editor of Activator magazine, Scott Faingold first started shaking things up on the Springfield cultural landscape in the 1980s, playing in teenage punk bands and eventually writing music reviews for Springfield’s weekly newspaper Illinois Times before fronting alt-rock band Backwards Day from 1988-1992.. He later spent years doing media-based work in Chicago and in Texas, including the publication of his novel Kennel Cough (2000), acting as music editor for the weekly Houston Press (2004-2006), and doing publicity for Chicago’s Lakeshore Theatre where he worked with some of the biggest names in comedy. He returned to central Illinois in 2010 to complete his M.A. in Communication at the University of Illinois Springfield, returned to Illinois Times as a staff writer (2013-2018) and was associate editor of Springfield Business Journal (2013-2016), also co-hosting weekly arts roundup The Scene on NPR Illinois with Rachel Otwell (2015-2017).
He was an adjunct instructor in the UIS Communication department from 2013-2018 and is now a full-time faculty member, Director of Student Media, and Adviser for the UIS student-run newspaper, The Journal. He is currently teaching journalism courses, working towards expanding UIS student multimedia platforms on campus, and is editor-in-chief of Activator, an independent, monthly magazine focusing on central Illinois music and culture. He also finds time to perform in the post-punk band Epsom as well as neo-retro poetry/folk duo Heptanes and experimental hard rockers Splendid Flunkys.