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New Class Aims At Turning Out Politicians

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Robert Mann, Manship School of Mass Communication professor and director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs. Robert Mann, Manship School of Mass Communication professor and director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs.

By Chelsea Brasted | LSU Student

A new seminar-type class at LSU could produce a new wave of winning politicians.

At least that is the partial goal of Robert Mann, Manship School of Mass Communication professor and director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs. He says success in political campaigns will be only "a part" of the Academy of Applied Politics.

It's primary aim, he states, is to train people to improve their communication and involvement within politics. "A lot of people run not to win but to make a point. They have some issues they want to discuss."

Mann said the program will help people learn to discuss and disseminate their ideas in effective ways, which is ultimately the goal of good political discourse.

The $500, nine-week Academy begins in January and will be led by political consultant Roy Fletcher, who has worked in more than 500 political campaigns at state, local and national levels.

Fletcher says the seminar is designed to develop "a solid foundation of … politics. It will be an invaluable resource to anyone aspiring to make a difference through public service."

Planning for the Academy began earlier this semester as a way to provide "informal training" for Manship School students, but Mann said the idea blossomed into a bigger form of community outreach.

The seminar will be limited to 25 people, including five specially selected Manship students. The remaining 20 are not required to have a university affiliation.

The Academy will host several guest speakers, including LaPolitics.com publisher John Maginnis, former legislative director for Sen. Mary Landrieu and current partner at Qorvis Communications Rich Masters and political consultant John Weaver, who worked on John McCain's 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

For additional information about the Academy of Applied Politics, visit www.manship.lsu.edu/aap.

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