HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) had its first event of the semester, “Q&A with PRSSA” Thursday in the John Deaver Drinko Library.
Dave Lavender, features reporter for the Herald-Dispatch, was the event guest speaker, who spoke about his experience working in media and his interactions with public relations affiliates.
“I write entertainment for the Herald-Dispatch, and I also write general features that are kind of lifestyle features,” Lavender said. “I kind of cast a wide angle lens on Huntington and the community at large. We do a little bit of travel, a wide range of art, music, and dance and I’m always interviewing people that are coming into town.”
Lavender told students he did not always get to write about things he enjoyed, in fact when he first started at the Herald-Dispatch, he had to cover county government and eventually moved up to become a features reporter.
“It’s exciting to get to interview people in our community and to get to learn more about whatever art they do,” Lavender said. “I don’t care if they are famous or not, some of the best people I’ve interviewed have been like a quilter or someone who has done something really cool.”
Additionally, Lavender worked five different internships before his first job…