Jessica Clary is the IT content director for College Broadcasters Inc. Campus View commentaries are a regular feature for Radio World.
The eyes of the college radio world will turn to Philadelphia Oct. 20–22 for the fifth annual National Student Electronic Media Convention. But this year, alongside the regular full slate of outstanding sessions from professionals and industry leaders, the conference is expanding with several special programs that will interest more than just student broadcasters. These special sessions are priced with students and noncommercial broadcasters in mind, and can be reserved with convention registration or a la carte.
Two preconvention workshops are both just $25 and will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 19 before regular convention sessions get underway on Thursday morning.
The first preconvention session is the “LPFM Workshop,” presented by Michelle Bradley of REC Networks and Paul Bame from Prometheus Radio Project. This full-day workshop will cover all the ins and outs of LPFM including legal issues, programming, fundraising, webcasting and more. The world of LPFM is rapidly changing, and this workshop is a great way to get up to speed.
A session from last year’s National Student Electronic Media Convention.
The other preconvention workshop session is a “MusicMaster Genius Day,” presented by MusicMaster Learning and Development Director Drew Bennett. Bennett will pass along music scheduling tips for users of all skill levels. The workshop will include Q&A, roundtable discussion, and special presentations by several industry leading guest speakers, including Vince Benedetto, president/CEO Bold Gold Media. The session will cover issues specific to the MusicMaster platform, but also programming basics anyone can use.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, CBI will host a special convention session by Herb Dunmore, Adobe Creative Foundations: Broadcast. Adobe Creative Suite’s broadcast package (Premiere, After Effects, SpeedGrade) has become the go-to solution for many in professional production. In this workshop, attendees will learn key concepts and strategies to best use the software, including advanced video editing techniques; creation of motion graphics, dynamic text and image compositing; media management and a variety of time-saving tactics. Whether a novice or intermediate user, you’ll walk away with a strong foundation and techniques to take your productions to the next level. This half-day session will be a mix of hands-on, and question and answer. Tutorial files will be provided for student use. This session is free with a convention registration, or just $50 without one.
Finalists in last year’s Student Production Awards.
“CBI is thrilled to bring these special programs to Philadelphia,” said CBI President Greg Weston. “The NSEMC is already recognized as the best student media convention out there and these programs will make it an even better value for our attendees.”
All three of these special workshop sessions require preregistration. To register, or for more information, visit the convention website.
The full session schedule will be posted soon, but another great highlight will be our keynote speaker Glenn Schuck. Shuck has been working with CBI for years, starting as a DJ at Seton Hall’s WSOU(FM) in 1981. His career in news and entertainment radio has taken him from New Jersey to Los Angeles, Boston and back to New York City at WINS(AM). Shuck will share his insights on the media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign and the evolving role of journalists in the 21st century media landscape.
Another big event at the convention is always the presentation of the National Student Production Awards. A list of this year’s finalists is available online; winners will be announced at a special ceremony following the keynote on Saturday. Awards will be presented in 24 categories by guest emcee, and WTXF(TV) Fox 29 co-anchor Lucy Noland.
Registration for the CBI NSEMC is open now on the convention website. CBI member organizations get the best discounted rate for registrations through Sept. 30. Nonmembers can register, too, and get to know CBI in person before they join.