About Us


Our Mission

The Center for Communication is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing more diversity to the media industry and giving students access to influential figures who can speak about the business today.  

The Center’s mission is to better prepare students for careers in media by connecting them with the best minds in media and offering  free seminars, featuring outstanding media leaders, who join with us to better inform college students on the ever-evolving media industry.

Center seminars cover all aspects and all fields of media, including journalism, television production, documentary and feature filmmaking, social media, magazine and book publishing, advertising, PR and marketing, First Amendment issues, ethics and standards.

Past speakers include: Edward Albee, Jeff Marks, Bill Keller, Sebastian Junger, Lee Daniels, Mike Francesa, Anna Deavere Smith, Pete Hamill, Sir Harry Evans, David Chase, Oliver Stone, Sydney Pollack, Todd Haynes, Sidney Lumet, Jeff Bezos, Jon Stewart, Doug Liman, Barbara Walters, Dennis Crowley, Jonah Peretti, Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Gunn, Bill Moyers, Sy Hersh, Al Gore, Bob Costas, Brian Williams, Stephen Colbert, and many thousands more.

Annually, up to 4,500 of the best and the brightest students from over 185 colleges and universities in the Tri-State area attend our panels and on-location seminars. 

Center for Communication is an independent organization with 501(c )(3) status. The Center partners closely with the media industry and the academic community. All events are presented free to students.

Our Staff



President and Executive Director

J. Max Robins is a veteran journalist, media analyst and producer with extensive editorial experience in a variety of sectors in the industry.  Before joining the Center for Communication in 2014, Max was the Vice President/Executive Director of the Paley Center for Media. Prior to this, Max was the editor-in-chief of “TV industry bible," Broadcasting & Cable. Before joining B&C,  Max was senior editor and columnist at TV Guide. Prior to TV Guide, he was TV editor and columnist at Variety.

Max’s work has appeared in myriad publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and New York. He has commented on media-related issues for many major news outlets, including NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC and NPR. You can follow Max on Twitter at @jmaxrobins.




Program Director

Kate Stanley is a seven year veteran of the Center and is a seasoned producing and programming professional. Kate plans media site visits and career panels as professional development for college students. Before joining the Center she worked as an Associate Producer for Full Frontal Fashion, Reservations Required (VOOM HD Networks), The Fabulous Life (Vh1) and Fashion Police (Style Network).




Director of Community

Foladé Bell has worked extensively with brand and content strategy in the book and magazine publishing industry. She has generated brand awareness and community engagement for authors and a variety of media professionals.

Before joining the Center, Foladé has worked for The Association of Magazine Media, Serendipity Literary Agency, Business Wire, and Radio & Records.



Erin Gromen

Director of Development

Erin leads the Center's fundraising and partnership efforts. She brings 20 years of experience to the organization, having worked with such nonprofits as the David Lynch Foundation, Outward Bound USA, and The Paley Center for Media, where she secured several federal preservation grants for its media collection and established relationships with some of the nation’s largest foundations. Erin began her career as an editor at Texas Monthly magazine, and received her B.A. in journalism from New York University.


Our Founder


Dr. Frank Stanton was an American broadcasting executive who served as the president of CBS between 1946 and 1971 and then as vice chairman until 1973. Stanton was revered both as a spokesman for the broadcast industry before Congress, for organizing the first televised presidential debate in American history, and for his passionate support of broadcast journalism and journalists.

When Dr. Frank Stanton founded the Center for Communication in 1980, the mission was to bridge the gap between the media industry and academia. Dr. Stanton, a staunch proponent of the highest standards in journalism and a fierce defender of the First Amendment, was keenly aware that a media revolution was on the horizon. He envisioned a forum where pressing industry issues could be explored and even solved. That will always remain our mission and goal.

The Center presents a Frank Stanton Award for Excellence in Communication annually to "individuals who exemplify achievement and excellence in any genre of mass communication." This year we’re honoring Rita Ferro, President, Advertising Sales, Walt Disney Company.