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Off to Orlando for NCMC11

Day two of the trip to the National College Media Conference was filled with five sessions thatI attened rangingfrom Design to ethics to social media to broadcast to convergence. Especially onvergence. You will soon learn that thus far–convergence has been the greatest takeway for me, but my sessions were all over the specrtum.

My first session was “Design in the Alternative Universe” by Stephen Komlves from the Society of News Design (skomives@snd.org).

SESSION 2, "Traitor!" roundtable

SESSION 2 was “Traitor!” by Ed Morales, Red & Black; Karen Course, NYT; and Rachel Bowers, U or Georgia. One idea they has was that its okay not to be popular; you have to have a thick skin. People will get angry when you are uncovering negative things, and you may be unpopular.

They also said when you are denied acces to people by PR, talk to other sources that you dont need permission for- parents, highschool firends/coach.

If it sems like people don’t want to talk to you because ofthe situation, but you may have created a repor with them…ask to meet person to person face to face off campus (BBALL coach, etc).

SESSION 3 was “Developing the converged student news room” by Juliano Delsesto, Keene State. It was so inspring! I’m SO excited to do convergence at QU student media.

One tip was to put everything on the server. Audio for wqaq, video for q30, photos for yearbook and newspaper. Share it all! Everyone can use the photos everyone uses. People can shate the docs for online. Be consistent, make sure we keep converging…don’t just plan it and forget later. They suggested redesigning classes. They are not just broadcast or print classes, they are news classes. Everyone needs to know how to do everything,  Instead of bradcast writing class, “features writing class” would be better and it would teach how to do features on web or video or print.

Tell the same story, just from different angles on different platforms. That way the media are telling 3 different stories about the same issue, and then they can link to/ embed them all.

Have weekly “news” meeting of Chron News editor and Q30 news producer. So theyshare story ideas (and angles to take). Some different angles to take include, personal, money, feature, or news.

Juliano Delsesto, “Developing the converged student news room”

We should require more paks on Q30. We should assign packs ahead of time so people go out and report do paks and VOSOTs. Cover thecmpuas simularly to how the chronicle does.

One commenter said they require 6 semesters of practical (internship/job) at their school for jurnalism majors. What?! Thats crazy. Also another school said their ad revenue is half their entire budget.We should make more money.

Can our computers in the office get on the server?

SESSION 4 was called “50 Valuable Broadcast Websites in 50 minutes” by Richard Galney, Ohio Northern University, and Jamie Lynn Gilbert, North Carolina U. They shared lots of valuable sites including lots about training for broadcast radio and video. All the links can be found here: ww2.onu.edu/~r-gainey

Mark Russell, Orlando Senteniel

GRAND SESSION was by Mark Russell the editor of the Orlando Senteniel. He talked about covering the Casey Anthony trial and how he did it differently since all the national news media was there too. He wanted to find a niche; live court updates on twitter. There were no laptops allowed in the courtroom because the judge said the keyboard noise was a distraction. But he allowed ipads. They didn’t have any, so they had to buy some. The Sentinal’s  “covering sports for you video” was a great promo video and we should do something like that.

Wide veriety of sessions today and I’m looking forward to even better ones tomorrow.

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