Hopefully, most of you are heading for Seattle to attend the third-annual National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC). This year’s convention will be bigger and better than ever, with six sessions running at once for the duration of the conference. While all the sessions will be great, there are a few in particular I’m excited about.
1. Audio Processing Basics: Things You Need to Know! Thursday, 2 p.m., North.
I know how I want my radio station to sound, but I don’t really know how to get there. I doubt I’m alone in that. This session will provide an overview of audio processing, with examples of how tinkering with the processing can impact the sound of broadcasts and streams. More on this topic will be available at the interactive session Processing Audio for Digital Demons and Dragons (Friday, 4 p.m., North).
2. Only in Adobe Creative Cloud. Friday, 1 p.m., East.
Certified Technical Trainer (and CBI Vice-President) Herbert Jay Dunmore is back with one of the highest rated sessions we’ve ever hosted. This fun, informative session will give you tips and tricks to using Adobe Creative Suite. Herb also will be hosting a number of other sessions on topics including DSLR cameras, video lighting, and more. Go to as many as you can.
3. Ask the FCC Experts. Friday, 2 p.m., West.
Hosted by two top attorneys and a well-known consulting engineer, Ask the FCC Experts is a must for anyone at an FCC-licensed operation. They’ll be taking questions and giving advice on a range of legal and technical issues. Normally, they charge big bucks for a telephone consultation (trust me, I have first-hand knowledge of this) but you can get their counsel for free just by attending this session.
4. Zines! Yes, They Are Viable! Thursday, 4 p.m., Columbia.
As the lines blur between different forms of media, reaching your audience in multiple formats is more essential than ever. A zine is a great way to reinforce your connection to your audience. Full disclosure: My station has had mixed results with our attempts at putting out zines, so we’re looking forward to, er, borrowing some ideas from the successful zines featured at this session.
5. Any and All Roundtables. Various times and places.
While we’ve developed an impressive lineup of experts and professionals to do presentations, nothing at the NSEMC is more important than the opportunity to benchmark, commiserate, and network with your peers from media outlets around the country. Our roundtables – specific to different topic areas – allow you to do this in a lightly moderated environment. At roundtables you can meet your colleagues, hear their successes and failures, and bring back plenty of ideas to implement at your own media outlet.
Looking forward to seeing you this week!