A QUESTION AND ANSWER
WITH CONVENTION DIRECTOR HILLARY WARREN
Why should someone attend the College Media Association in New York City this spring?
This year’s convention is more interactive, more immersive, more hands-on than ever. Students will cover the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden as part of the New York Sports Workshop. The always-popular Shoot-Out is back. And more than 100 students will compete to see who is the Iron Reporter in our first convention-based reporting competition.
If you had to pick one session that you’d really like to attend, what would it be?
Young journalists can take home lessons from ‘The Post’
By Bradley Wilson CMR Managing Editor
If there was ever a time for a feel-good movie about the media, it’s now. And in “The Post,” Director Steven Spielberg and big-name stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks realize the power and role of the media.
However, the movie goes well beyond showing how a newspaper and a few strong-willed editors and reports can change the course of a country. It brings in a modern discussion of the role of women, limits that need to be placed on government, the need for the First Amendment and even how media outlets also need checks and balances.
For a long-time journalist, it was fascinating to watch molten lead set into words, newsrooms filled with typewriters, copy editors given 30 minutes to work on one story and papers shipped out in hand-tied bundles. It was disheartening to see Katharine Graham portrayed as less than powerful, even weak, leader with shaking hands. She never came across that way when played by Nancy Marchand in the television series Lou Grant. But as her character develops, watching her finally make a decision with such potential negative ramifications and then walking down the steps of the Supreme Court, even in the shadow of The New York Times, was inspirational. Continue reading ‘The Post’ inspiration even for those not working in media
The other judges included college media advisers, other professional photojournalists, freelance photojournalists, other photography instructors.
Aaron Babcock, Amber Billings, Becky Tate, Bretton Zinger, Carole Babineaux, Cary Conover, Clint Smith, Deanne Brown, Diane Bolinger, Edmund Low, Eric Thomas, Greg Cooper, Griff Singer, Ian McVea, Jane Blystone, Janis Hefley, Jed Palmer, Jim McNay, John Beale, John Skees, Kevin Kleine, Kingsley Burns, Kyle Phillips, Laurie Hansen, Lillie Schenk, Logan Aimone, Margaret Sorrows, Mark Murray, Matt Garnett, Matt Stamey, Mitchell Franz, Pat Gathright, Sherri Taylor, Stern Hatcher, Steve Dearinger, Tom Hallaq and Toni Mitchell.
Neary reported, “A spokesman for Signet Classics, which currently publishes 1984, said sales have increased almost 10,000 percent since the inauguration and moved noticeably upwards on Sunday. That’s when Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway appeared on Meet The Press. When host Chuck Todd challenged the Trump administration’s assertions about the size of the Inauguration Day crowd, Conway responded with a phrase that caught everyone’s attention.”
“Alternative facts,” Conway said.
Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty on CNN’s Reliable Sources said the phrase reminded her of phrases from Orwell’s classic: doublethink, ignorance is strength, war is peace, freedom is slavery. Continue reading 2017 more like ‘1984’ than 1984
After you were named the top college photographer this year, you said, “I’m kind of shocked.” Elaborate.
Photojournalism competitions are quite arbitrary, so when you are named the “College Photographer of the Year,” it’s a bit shocking, because you know that there were a lot of really incredible photographers all around the world that year who also could have won given different judges and different circumstances.
For someone else who aspires to be a top-notch college photographer, what would you suggest?
I would suggest doing a lot of internships, especially ones that put you in communities out of your comfort zone for long periods of time. I would also suggest seeking mentors who will help foster your way of working, not just your work—mentors who take the time to get to know you and recognize your quirks so that they can help you work them into strengths. Continue reading Photojournalists: Get out of your comfort zone
Journalism in the last 10 years has been a roller coaster of change, and many of us have probably wondered whether or not we’re teaching a dinosaur. Some programs have gone so far as to merge with other disciplines, becoming double degrees with additional courses in computers, communications, public relations, or social media. With the overlap in subjects that comes with convergent media programs have to make decisions about what they will be be able to cover and, equally, what they will not.
St. Petersburg College’s student newspaper, The Sandbox, began actively exploring change since its reincarnation in 2011. Ours is not a formal certificate or degree program, but rather an associate’s degree in mass communication with classes that transfer into the University of South Florida’s bachelor’s degree. However, the school wanted and needed an active paper to cultivate student interest and encourage practice. Continue reading Florida college embraces online and social media
A prime assignment for 1 of 25 selected to cover summer games…
Scotty Bara is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in journalism and mass communication. He was one of 25 students accepted into a program to cover the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He is posting on Twitter @scottybara. Follow the class posts using #CronkiteRio.
By Bradley Wilson CMR Managing Editor
What led you to covering the Olympics?
It was always my dream to cover the Olympics. It’s the world’s biggest sporting event and I was in disbelief when I heard I was one of the 25 accepted to the program to cover the games out of the hundreds of students who applied.
When applying to colleges, I heard of the Olympic program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. I knew I wanted to pursue journalism in college and the Olympics program was a major factor I considered. I followed the school’s coverage of the 2012 London games and was amazed at how much content the student journalists produced over the span of three weeks. I worked hard in my classes to build up my resume at ASU and applied to the program. I went to football, basketball, soccer, water polo, baseball and lacrosse to attempt to master sports photography during my years at the Cronkite School. Continue reading Arizona students cover Olympics
Photographers given opportunity to reflect on conference attendees
Humans of CMA
FIRST PLACE AND CLASS FAVORITE: “I grew up on the north side of Las Vegas, Nevada in a single parent household with a father that found better things to do than be a father. I watched my mother work two jobs to make sure that the bills were paid and there wasn’t enough money for food. I’ve been without food before sometimes even for days. We scratched, clawed, and begged for an opportunity at sustenance and this taught me to never waste food. When I was younger, I had high aspirations of going to college, and maybe one day in the future I could visit New York City. I could have never imagine that both would happen so soon. I go to an HBCU in Louisiana and I’m in New York attending this wonderful conference and learning so many new things. This city has shown me that any dreams could come true and as long as you work hard and are advantage of a God-given talent, in which writing was my saving grace. Langston Hughes asked a question, What happens to a dream deferred? I live to show you want happens when a dream isn’t.
Don Montrelle Green, Southern University, Advisor Jermaine Poshee, email@example.com
SECOND PLACE Kiarash Abhari, Missouri Western State University (James Carviou); firstname.lastname@example.org;
(This is the first time I feel free in New York. This is the first time I experienced not being lost in the New York subway for over three hours. I used to study finance at my previous university. When I visited New York before CMA, I saw it through the lens of economics. I spent many hours warming up to the Meryl Lynch bull down on Wall Street watching the numbers being tabulated. I was dressed as business woman ready to make a deal. At the moment, I am studying digital media and I serve as the design editor for my university yearbook. My perspective of New York has transformed. Going out outside of the business infrastructure of the city, I was able to meet people from all over the world. This allowed me to discover the opportunity the city has to offer through the lens of its diversity and aesthetic beauty. As I explore this new uncharted vision of the city, New York is becoming my dream!)
THIRD PLACE “I’ve never been in New York City before. I’ve pretty much been to every another major city in the States, so this is like a whole new experience for me. I’ve completely fallen in love with everything about it. I feel like there is just something very romantic, I guess this is a good word about New York City. It’s very stereotypical, and it lives up to its stereotypes. To me, I like that a lot. You know you also heard that New Yorkers are pushy, they are rude. Everything is fast pace, it’s ‘go, go, go’. That is very much how I am as a person, so I felt I fit right in here.”
Kainan Guo; University at Buffalo; Jody Kleinberg-Biehl, adviser, email@example.com
HONORABLE MENTION Juliana Wall, Cedar Crest College (Dannah Hartman);JKWall@cedarcrest.edu;
“It started sophomore year of high school taking pictures with a cell phone, but when I borrowed a friend’s camera, I loved it. I didn’t get my own camera until a year and half ago and I love having control of the settings like exposure and aperture. I had the opportunity to spend a weekend working with National Geographic and that opened my eyes to the world of journalism and photojournalism. I want to learn how to tell stories with photos, like how do we tell a visual story of this dude in a molecular lab that’s researching endobiosis? I want to help to bridge the divide between the academic scientific journals and what people what to read and see in order to engage them in science. This is my first time in New York and it’s very different from Hawaii, where our tallest building is about five stories. It’s also very cold here, but it’s exciting! This conference is a way to connect with people and see what kinds of opportunities there are in the media world and I want to perhaps to find an internship in science journalism, specifically with marine mammals and biopsychology.” - Zachary Gorski, University of Hawaii at Hilo
HONORABLE MENTION, Greg Babush
Moraine Valley Community College
Josh Mira waits for a love that leaves him blinded to the city.
HONORABLE MENTION Michela West, University of Massachusetts Boston (Donna Neal); firstname.lastname@example.org
“I grew up in New Jersey, five minutes outside of the city. I spent every weekend up until in New York City. Being back in New York is a nostalgic feeling. It’s very nice being in what now is my rival city. It feels more at home than Boston does. I’m a New Yorker living in Boston.”
By Bradley Wilson CMR Managing Editor
I couldn’t be at the College Media Association convention in New York City this spring. It was just bad timing the week before our spring break. Yet I knew there would be an enthusiastic group of students wanting to participate in the Shoot-out. Jack Zibluk again stepped up to help with the administration.
But I wanted to get a feel for what I was missing. So working with Brandon Stanton’s basic reporting concepts in Humans of New York, I tweaked the assignment to challenge the students so we could all have a little fun and learn a little more about our conference attendees as well.
Just based on the results, I’d say everyone had a little fun and learned something in the process. It was good to see that the students had time to get out of the hotel, visiting different parts of the city that never sleeps. The top entries made me feel like I was there.
But they went beyond that. The best entries also gave me some insight into the individuals who attended the convention. The write-ups didn’t take a shot-gun approach, telling me a little about a lot. They took an in-depth approach, as Stanton does, telling a lot about a tiny piece of the person’s life. If there was ever a time to exercise what a friend of mine used to say — “If you have five minutes to take a person’s photo, spend three minutes getting to know them and two minutes taking their picture. — this is it. Get to know them. Pick one interesting aspect of their life and tell me more about that. Continue reading NYC Shoot-out: Students of CMA
In an era where decisions to cover something and to publish something can be made in second, not hours or days, college educators — and working journalists — continue to struggle with how to teach ethics and what to teach. Clearly, it is more than giving students a link to a code of ethics and putting them out on the streets.
To foster education in media ethics, Missouri Western State University hosted the Cronkite Conference on Media Ethics for the second year including academic presentations, panel discussions, lectures and open discussions on various aspects of ethics.