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Board Blog: Pitch in this fall in San Antonio

John Morris, CBI President

We are getting to that time of the school year where everyone seems to be focusing on just one thing: getting to the end of the semester. Hopefully, as you are nearing the end of the school year, you are doing so with success. But as you plan for the last few months of school, be sure to look to the future, especially the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio in November.

Before you move on to your summer activities make sure that you take advantage of all the opportunities CBI and this convention offer you. One is the chance to be a presenter in one of the workshops. What area of expertise, or just an area where you have learned a lot, can you share with those attending the convention? Once you have the area you want to present in begin reaching out to either professionals or students from other schools to have them join you on a panel. The best panels often have representatives from several different schools and/or professionals so that a variety of viewpoints can be presented.

There are numerous topics that make great sessions. To name just a few: programming (either for a free form station or a station with a single format and a tight playlist), leadership, training new staff, production, news and news reporting, promotions and more. You’ve learned a lot working at your school’s media; share what you’ve learned. When you team up with another student from a different school the knowledge shared can be great.

To do this though you should be reaching out to those students from other schools before everyone heads home for the summer. Use the CBI listserv to reach a large audience as you seek other participants. Think about those students you met at last year’s convention that you thought would be great to share information with. Connect your skill set with theirs and there is a great learning experience for everyone. Ask your faculty advisor to help you. They often will have tips to help you be more successful in setting up a session. If you wait until the summer, it’s going to be very hard to connect with other students.

This is a great way to also add something to your resume. As you begin your professional job search, things on your resume that help separate you from other applicants can often go a long want in helping you land the job offer. It’s a win-win for everyone. You’ll be more involved in the convention, the sessions will be even better than before, and it puts you on a path to success.

 

By | April 5th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: Pitch in this fall in San Antonio

2017 Summer Workshop • #CMMegaWorkshop

Registration is now open for the Broadcast Management track of the College Media Mega Workshop!
  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls. 
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Successfully managing student radio, video and multimedia organizations requires mastery of technology, legal issues, organizational development and more. CBI’s Broadcast Management track will provide attendees with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this unique field. Designed for student leaders, new advisers, and veteran advisers looking for a refresher, this intensive training will ensure you’ll hit the ground running in the new school year. Topics will include FCC rules and regulations, building and organizing your team, copyright laws, producing content, underwriting sales and much more.

Lodging and parking will be available at University of Minnesota residence halls for a fee.

 

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By | February 7th, 2017|CBI News, Conferences|Comments Off on 2017 Summer Workshop • #CMMegaWorkshop

Student Media in the News

 Chicago radio thrives at the left of the dial

I have my issues with the student DJs on college radio—they’re sometimes maddeningly inarticulate and sometimes ridiculously self-indulgent, whether they’re trying to entertain themselves or affect some sort of detached cool. But I still love the stations where they work, because the programming there has the potential to be so open-ended. Depending on the station and the hour, you could hear indie rock, noise, jazz, international music, or even a hyperlocal news show.

Read more from The Reader.

Session proposals open for CBI San Antonio

CBI is accepting session proposals from all interested parties for the CBI 2017 National Student Electronic Media Convention to be held Nov. 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio.

CBI will consider all proposals from students, advisers, managers and industry professionals and gives strong preference to session proposals with more than one speaker and organization being represented. Session proposals can cover any topic related to electronic student media including the obvious and not so obvious. Multimedia presentations are encouraged.  If you are not ready to submit a full session proposal, but want to run an idea by us, please email us or call 855-ask-4CBI.

 

Plus, the College Radio Watch column.

 

 

By | June 27th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conventions, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

KWVA Customizes Workflow to Fit Students’ Needs

Fast forward to 2016 — and now working with part of a $95 million budget — KWVA is firmly reimagined as a state-of-the-art broadcast facility located in the newly reconstructed student union. There is a large open performance space outside the studios wired for broadcasting live shows, two dedicated on-air studios and two production rooms, which are also broadcast-capable.

Read more from Radio Magazine.

Radio station KLCC reaches out to listeners after funding cut by Lane Community College

As part of its bid to curb spending, financially crunched Lane Community College has canceled its traditional $200,000 annual donation to namesake radio station KLCC for the coming fiscal year.

But the downtown Eugene-based public radio station — which is a department of LCC — said it never­theless plans to preserve its news offerings and program lineup.

Officials with the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network and Gateway Community College announced a partnership between the two public entities Monday that is expected to give students broadcasting experience and expand WNPR’s reach in the community.

Read more from the New Haven Register.

Session proposals open for CBI San Antonio

CBI is accepting session proposals from all interested parties for the CBI 2017 National Student Electronic Media Convention to be held Nov. 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio.

CBI will consider all proposals from students, advisers, managers and industry professionals and gives strong preference to session proposals with more than one speaker and organization being represented. Session proposals can cover any topic related to electronic student media including the obvious and not so obvious. Multimedia presentations are encouraged.  If you are not ready to submit a full session proposal, but want to run an idea by us, please email us or call 855-ask-4CBI.

Deadline approaching for housing reservations for Summer Mega Workshop

CBI is proud to partner with CMA, CMBAM, and ACP to host the College Media Mega Workshop, an intensive training session for student leaders and advisers. We will be hosting a Broadcast Management track July 13-16 at the University of Minnesota. Discounted on-campus housing is available, but the deadline to secure it is coming fast. Information from the convention organizers follows:

Registration for the workshop will stay open until July 11, but you must meet the June 26 deadline to secure housing on the University of Minnesota campus, where the workshop will be held.

Housing is $144 to $300 per person, depending on length of stay. Students will be staying in Centennial Hall, which has single rooms available, and advisers will be in Yudof Hall. Parking is an additional fee.

 

Plus, Radio Survivor’s Podcast #95 and the College Radio Watch column.

 

By | June 20th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

Submit session proposals for CBI San Antonio

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is accepting session proposals from all interested parties for the CBI 2017 National Student Electronic Media Convention to be held Nov. 2-4 at the
Hyatt Regency San Antonio.

CBI will consider all proposals from students, advisers, managers and industry professionals and gives strong preference to session proposals with more than one speaker and organization being represented. Session proposals can cover any topic related to electronic student media including the obvious and not so obvious. Multimedia presentations are encouraged.  If you are not ready to submit a full session proposal, but want to run an idea by us, please email us or call 855-ask-4CBI.

Virtual Radio, College Radio and the End of the Main Studio Rule?

One of the many benefits of attending the NAB Show is getting a feel for what is going on in the industry — new products, new techniques and an idea about where we are headed. Every year, we enlist Chris Wygal to walk the floor, with eyes wide open and ears attuned, so that we can tell you just what the buzz really is.

Read more from Radio Magazine.

 

Registration is open for summer College Media Mega Workshop

  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls. 
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Successfully managing student radio, video and multimedia organizations requires mastery of technology, legal issues, organizational development and more. CBI’s Broadcast Management track will provide attendees with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this unique field. Designed for student leaders, new advisers, and veteran advisers looking for a refresher, this intensive training will ensure you’ll hit the ground running in the new school year. Topics will include FCC rules and regulations, building and organizing your team, copyright laws, producing content, underwriting sales and much more.

Lodging and parking will be available at University of Minnesota residence halls for a fee.

 

By | June 13th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

Emerson College to induct four into Hall of Fame

Emerson College in Boston is well known for its award-winning, student-run station, WERS 88.9. On Saturday, June 3, this will be further acknowledged when the station hosts its Ninth Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and honors alumni who have gone on to contribute significantly to the broadcasting industry.

Read more from Radio Ink.

Kate Snow Sees ‘a Direct Line’ Between Cornell’s Off-Campus Radio, Her Career

“I signed up for the off-campus radio station, WVBR. There’s a direct line between WVBR and me sitting here at NBC News,” she said in an interview for College Game Plan.

For Snow, it was a career-defining decision.

“I entered Cornell thinking I wanted to study the science of communication, but once I got involved I had a mind switch where I thought, ‘Wait a minute. Maybe broadcast journalism is kind of interesting to me.'”

Read more from NBC News.

Impact-sponsored music festival Bled Fest brings local acts for 13th year

For the second year in a row, Impact 89FM, MSU’s college radio, sponsored Stage C at Bled Fest and was also a vendor at the event.

Sarah Dropsey, the Promotions Director and co-host of the show Pity Party at Impact, said Bled Fest is a festival for college students from the cheap tickets to the punk bands.

Read more from The State News.

Submit session proposals for CBI San Antonio

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is accepting session proposals from all interested parties for the CBI 2017 National Student Electronic Media Convention to be held Nov. 2-4 at the
Hyatt Regency San Antonio.

CBI will consider all proposals from students, advisers, managers and industry professionals and gives strong preference to session proposals with more than one speaker and organization being represented. Session proposals can cover any topic related to electronic student media including the obvious and not so obvious. Multimedia presentations are encouraged.  If you are not ready to submit a full session proposal, but want to run an idea by us, please email us or call 855-ask-4CBI.

Registration is open for summer College Media Mega Workshop

  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls. 
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Successfully managing student radio, video and multimedia organizations requires mastery of technology, legal issues, organizational development and more. CBI’s Broadcast Management track will provide attendees with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this unique field. Designed for student leaders, new advisers, and veteran advisers looking for a refresher, this intensive training will ensure you’ll hit the ground running in the new school year. Topics will include FCC rules and regulations, building and organizing your team, copyright laws, producing content, underwriting sales and much more.

Lodging and parking will be available at University of Minnesota residence halls for a fee.

By | June 6th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student media in the news

Skidmore DJs All Tuned In; Heard Beyond Campus ‘Bubble’

The station’s low-power signal fades away after about 15 miles in any direction. In addition to FM radios, though, listeners anywhere can tune in by visiting the WSPN website.

In his time at the helm, Klein found that the “tight-knit community” of DJs makes WSPN more sustainable than other college radio stations. He also said the “non-homogenized” music and commentary itself clearly separates WSPN from local FM stations that tend to inundate listeners with overplayed songs and commercials.

Read more from Saratoga Today.

As KASU Hits 60, New Media Is the Message

“It has always been connected to an academic unit that prepares students for careers in media and communication,” he said. The ways it fulfills that mission, though, have changed as remarkably as the technology students use to produce the broadcasts and the ways the audience engages with it.

And today’s media industry isn’t looking for just radio announcers, TV reporters, news writers and social media specialists. It’s seeking prospects who do it all.

Read more from Arkansas Business.

Better Know a College Radio Station: West Virginia University’s WWVU

“The graveyard shifts have been a rite of passage at U-92 for as long as anyone can remember. They’re a great opportunity for a DJ to learn the ropes of operating the board while on the air, with slightly less stress.”

Read more from BandCamp.

College radio in the podcast era

Thirteen of Minnesota’s Private Colleges have college radio stations; all of them are student led with a focus on serving the campus community. Some are long running stations that started as early as the 1940s, others are recent additions utilizing new online steaming platforms to provide radio to their campuses. Stations have a range of music, talk radio and sports broadcasts that often stream or play 24-hours. Many of the older radio stations have added streaming to keep up with the modern listener.

Read more from Minnesota’s Private Colleges.

Registration is now open for the Broadcast Management track of the College Media Mega Workshop!

  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls.
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
By | May 30th, 2017|Broadcasting News, Conferences, Member News|Comments Off on Student media in the news

Student media in the news

WICB says thank you to General Manager Chris Wheatley

For 32 years, Chris Wheatley, the Manager of Radio and Television Operations at Ithaca College has dedicated countless hours of service to WICB — including some time working on the station as a student himself. Now, as he prepares to retire, the staff and past alumni wanted to give a huge “thank you” to the man who taught us all way more than how to turn on a microphone.

Hear the story at WICB.org.

WKNC releases “First Semester” mixtape

WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1, North Carolina State University’s student-run college radio station, is releasing a mixtape, “First Semester.” The mixtape is a robust music compilation highlighting 23 North Carolina artists in the hip-hop, electronic and indie rock genres. The mixtape is set to be released on May 19th  and can be downloaded at https://wknc881.bandcamp.com/album/first-semester. Downloaders are encouraged to donate any dollar amount to help support WKNC’s mission of supporting local artists and educating students about radio broadcasting.

Registration is now open for the Broadcast Management track of the College Media Mega Workshop!

  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls.
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Plus, Radio Survivor visits KLMU and KXLU, and the College Radio Watch column.
 
By | May 23rd, 2017|Broadcasting News, Conferences, Member News|Comments Off on Student media in the news

Board Blog: 10 Student Media Skills for your Resume

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Treasurer

It’s summer, a time for the newly graduated to fill out scores of applications in hopes of landing that first full-time job. For those who worked in student radio and television, don’t forget to add that role to your resume. Regardless of your major or career plans, your student media experience has taught you a lot of things you might not realize.

How to take criticism
Whether you’re a DJ on campus radio, a reporter for campus television or have pretty much any role in student media, your work is on display for the public to love or hate. Student media will teach you to take criticism, adapt your performance as needed and ignore non-constructive feedback.

How to work with minimal supervision
The ability to work with minimal supervision is an often-overlooked skill, but one that is necessary to survive in student media. Your student managers don’t have time to hold your hand on every assignment, so you will need to learn to figure some things out for yourself.

How to talk to important people
Reporters regularly talk to important people, be it famous musicians or the college president. My students have interviewed actor Danny McBride, comedian Colin Quinn, and former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder. Working in student media gives you the opportunity to meet regional and sometimes national celebrities and learn (most of them) are just regular people. When the chairperson of your new company strolls into a meeting, you won’t need to be awestruck. Just smile and introduce yourself.

How to be a team player
On the first day of training every semester I show a photo of an iceberg as a metaphor for student media. What the public sees or hears is the finished product, but there are many other people who make it all happen – writing scripts, running cameras, programming music, editing audio and managing the staff. Working in student media teaches you to be part of a team that relies on all its members to make the media outlet succeed.

How to handle pressure
The computer with your meticulously crafted playlist just died. Your heavily hyped guest is stuck in traffic and won’t make it to the studio before the end of your broadcast. It’s pouring down rain for your outdoor event. Student media is fraught with last-minute changes that will teach you to handle pressure. (Hint: For outdoor events, always have a rain location.)

How to promote yourself and your media outlet
Speaking of that heavily hyped guest, student media teaches you to promote yourself and your media outlet. How many times have you posted on social media about your upcoming broadcast or an event hosted by your media outlet? The answer is probably tons. Those promotion skills will carry over to your full-time job, too.

How to document procedures
One of the greatest legacies you can leave your media outlet is to document what you do in your position so when it’s time for you to leave your successor isn’t as clueless as you might have been when you took the job. They’ll know who to contact for ticket giveaways, the right format to export videos and how to get funding from Student Government. Knowing how to document procedures will also impress your future bosses, as it’s important for many jobs.

How to use Google Drive
My media outlet uses Google Drive for everything from those training documents you just created to sign up for shifts over the winter holiday to managing underwriting orders. You’ll be a Google Drive guru in no time.

How to speak into a microphone
Maybe this skill isn’t one for your resume, but it’s still important. How many times have you attended an event where people stand too far from the microphone and no one can hear them? Have you ever noticed student media people never have that problem? That’s because we know how to speak into a microphone.

How to be self-confident
Finally, and probably most importantly, working in student media helps you build confidence in yourself and your unique talents.

 

By | May 17th, 2017|Board Blogs|Comments Off on Board Blog: 10 Student Media Skills for your Resume

Student Media in the News

On Air Next: Graduation means a switch at the switchboard

The time has come. This is my last column as music director for Radio 1190. I hope I turned you on to some rad bands this year and you enjoyed my ramblings about the music I love. The best is yet to come. Jolie Klefeker will be your music director next year and will continue to give you the scoop on the latest, freshest music around. I’m going to take a second to reminisce about this year and give you a sneak peek of what you can expect On Air Next moving forward.

Read more from Colorado Daily.

WRRC will give away a cruise to Rider University student

Said station GM John Mozes, “This one-of-a-kind college contest has created extra excitement and anticipation for our graduating seniors. Last year one lucky student drove away in a brand-new car after commencement. This year, a student will win not just the car, but a cruise, too.”

Read more from All Access.

College Radio Watch: Dear White People’s TV Portrayal of College Radio and More News

Set at Winchester University, a fictional Ivy League school, the show tackles the complexities of racism from multiple perspectives, most notably from the point of view of media studies major/college radio DJ Samantha White. She hosts a show at her college radio station called “Dear White People,” in which she delves into racism and racial politics on campus. Those themes have already been covered by other reviews of the series, so I’ll turn my attention to the college radio aspects of the show. As a fan of college radio culture, I was very curious to see how the Winchester College radio station compared with the reality of college radio, so of course I was looking forward to scrutinizing the college radio scenes.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Join CBI at the Summer Student Media Megaworkshop in Minneapolis

Registration is now open for the Broadcast Management track of the College Media Mega Workshop!
  • Registration fee for the Broadcast Management track is $199 for four days of workshops, training and special programs tailored specifically for student leaders and advisers for broadcast media outlets.
  • Lodging and parking are available at University of Minnesota residence halls.
In conjunction with CMA, ACP and CMBAM, CBI will present the College Media Mega Workshop, a summer student media leadership workshop, July 13-16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Join student leaders and advisers for CBI’s Broadcast Management track, a four-day intensive broadcast-focused training, and learn what you need to know to lead your student broadcasting group in 2017 and beyond.
Successfully managing student radio, video and multimedia organizations requires mastery of technology, legal issues, organizational development and more. CBI’s Broadcast Management track will provide attendees with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this unique field. Designed for student leaders, new advisers, and veteran advisers looking for a refresher, this intensive training will ensure you’ll hit the ground running in the new school year. Topics will include FCC rules and regulations, building and organizing your team, copyright laws, producing content, underwriting sales and much more.
By | May 16th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

Spotlight: Titan TV

Special thanks to Christine Juhas, Titan TV’s promotions director for answering the questions!

The Titan TV team.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
We just celebrated our 42nd anniversary. We broadcast on campus and in town on Charter Spectrum with live news and sports streaming and VOD on our website titan-tv.org.

Behind the scenes at Titan TV.

As of 2016 we have gone fully HD. Each semester we broadcast games of several UWO athletic teams as well as have a weekly newscast. Each semester we also have pitches for 2-3 studio/field shows to be produced. We do approximately 110 productions a year.

What sets your station apart from other college TV stations?
The great thing about Titan TV is that your first day as a student at UWO you can get involved. You don’t even have to be a student in the major to help out on shows and broadcasts. Students that take the opportunity to start getting hands on experience their first year go on to do great things for the station and in their careers.

Why did you choose to work at the TV station?
I choose to work at Titan TV as the Promotions Director because I feel like Titan TV is a cool organization to be a part of and I wanted the rest of the campus and community to know about it. I love getting the word out about upcoming shows, broadcasts, and events that students can watch on our channel.

The Titan TV crew.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
I once had a space rented out at the local farmer’s market to hand out merchandise and spread the word about the station. When I showed up I didn’t know I was supposed to bring my own table so I made a make shift table out of moving boxes in my car, threw a tablecloth over it, and did the best with what I had. The weird looking setup actually attracted a lot of community members and the promotional event was a success!

What’s the best part of college student media? And what’s the hardest part?
The best part is basically having the freedom and resources to create any kind of content that you want. Every day people have ideas that would make for great TV shows or news stories and at Titan TV we make those ideas a reality. It’s also cool to be able to tell people, “Yea, I’ve produced my own show” and they just kind of look at you like “What? That’s cool!”

The hardest part of student media is just finding time to get projects done. Students in the Radio/TV/Film major are like everyone else — we all have jobs, go to class, and have our own responsibilities. It takes a lot of people to create the type of content that we do and sometimes it’s hard to coordinate everyone’s schedules but we always make it work.

Titan TV sports covers the field.

Plus, check out some of the Titan TV promos on their YouTube channel!

By | May 10th, 2017|Spotlight|Comments Off on Spotlight: Titan TV

Student Media in the News

Open Internet back in the Crosshairs

It’s a very real concern that without network neutrality provisions some internet broadcasts and podcasts could find speedbumps in their route to listeners, while larger, more well-resourced broadcasters get an express lane. This could harm independent broadcasters and podcasters, community and college radio stations, and potentially impede innovative and new internet audio services. Three years ago, while the Open Internet debate was raging, Matthew Lasar detailed “four reasons why net neutrality matters for mobile radio,” which is just as, or more, relevant today.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Plus, Radio Survivor visits WKDU at Drexel University, Podcast #89 explores preservation and the College Radio Watch column.

And, find out more about the CBI Broadcast Management track at the summer College Media Mega Workshop, and submit entries to the 2017 Student Production Awards.

By | May 9th, 2017|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News