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Student Media in the News

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U.Va. radio station WTJU hosts summer camp for local students

The curriculum has evolved to become more hands-on and project-oriented throughout the years, based on students’ feedback, Moore said in an email statement.

“At their core, the summer radio camps are about students having fun, but also getting a taste for interviewing and audio production, exploring new music and presenting it through on-air media,” Moore said.

Read more from The Cavalier Daily.

Hofstra student journalists broadcast from DNC on campus station

Hofstra University student reporters from WRHU/88.7 FM are clearing the hurdles like the pros, gaining valuable on-air experience, building their portfolios and bringing the Democratic National Convention alive this week for some 300,000 listeners of their award-winning campus radio station.

Read more from Newsday.

Meet ‘Professor Bebop,’ UVA’s Longtime Late-Night Radio DJ
“Music is my number one passion,” he said. “I think it is the greatest art there is. It expresses so much – joy and fear, horror and comedy. It can make you introspective, or make you understand something you have not thought about.”
Read more from the University of Virginia.

CBI National Student Production Awards Finalists

Finalists in the 2016 CBI National Student Production Awards will be announced here on the CBI blog, and also our Twitter and Facebook pages, Aug. 15-19 and 22-26! Winners will be announced at the annual National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia this fall.

Visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

 

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column, LPFM watch column, Podcast episode #56 and visits to KCSU at Colorado State and Radio 1190 at University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Board Blog: Police (Communication) Line: Please Cross!

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I’m always eager to brag about my news students’ spirit when covering hard-hitting story assignments in our village of 2,500. In the last few years, our team has pushed themselves to increase their journalistic credibility and become more than “those kid reporters at the college.” We pride ourselves in practicing ethics, especially when covering the big stories in our small community that have made state and national news.

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Lisa Marshall, CBI Treasurer

Many of our reporters openly admit they are scared or lack the confidence to rub elbows with first responders on a given news scene. However, they always return to share exciting new perspectives with their peers. Because there were others too often playing “nose goes” when asked “who’s stepping up to get that interview?” or “who’s going to drop what they’re doing to go to the scene?,” our organization established a goal last year to increase communication with our local law enforcement to help make reporting easier.

It might be the small community advantage that made this initiative successful, but I happily encourage you to use any of our ideas to help improve your local news team and first responder relationships.

Invite Officers to your Turf

We invited our county sheriff to our fall semester management retreat to candidly discuss the dos and don’ts of calling dispatch, arriving on a scene, and establishing positive reporter rapport with law enforcement officers. The discussion ventured into areas of media law, ethics, and officer media training.

New Concord Fire Chief Brent Gates introduces Orbit Media’s new 911 scanner March 14, 2016.

New Concord Fire Chief Brent Gates introduces Orbit Media’s new 911 scanner March 14, 2016.

Even those student leaders who were not on our news team walked away with excellent tips about media professionalism to kick-off the year.

In conjunction with our Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapter, we hosted a Q&A session during “Sunshine Week” with our village police and fire chiefs. Students learned firsthand that our local first responders want to get to know them, too, so officers can easily identify and trust our crew at a busy scene. We received many valuable tips about officer rankings, interviews, and how to best follow up after an incident. Both of these sessions connected textbook knowledge to practical skills and are definite repeats for coming years.

Team Up for a News Project

Our media outlet was invited to collaborate with local officials to document a prom weekend mock car crash awareness video for our town’s high school this past May. Our student television program director oversaw the entire production…from capturing pre-recorded video at the State Highway Patrol and Emergency Room, to the final edited piece to show the student body the day after the crash. Additionally, our cub reporters had an all-access on-the-scene pass to help collect endless B-Roll, interviews, and photos by documenting things like the med flight helicopter circling the accident to the funeral home leaving the scene. The best part was that students could try something new, allow on-site advisers instantly critique their work, and try again. This valuable opportunity invited our students to openly “be allowed to fail” all while gaining confidence to practice media professionalism.

Instant Communication

A valuable gift arrived toward the end of the year from our fire chief…our very own 911 scanner! Our newsroom can now hear every call dispatch in the area. While some students are still too young to understand the significance of our instant path of first responder communication, our upperclassmen were so appreciative of our new way of learning about breaking news. I’m excited to fire it back up in August!

Share your newsroom’s local first responder-student media communication ideas; let’s propose a roundtable at NSEMC in Philadelphia! Please contact me this week | treasurer@askcbi.org.

By | July 27th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Ohio University campus radio dismissed students too quickly, report says

While the behavior and atmosphere in the sports department “may have been ‘immature and unprofessional,'” the report found, investigators didn’t find sufficient evidence that university policy was violated. Moreover, it said that by conducting an in-house inquiry without notifying the civil rights office, the radio station’s management “impacted ECRC’s ability to conduct an investigation.”

Read more from The Columbus Dispatch.

McCarriston Plots Her Course:Broadcast Dreams Begin with the Navigators

At Channel 4, she’s working alongside on-air sports personalities Steve Burton, Dan Roche, and Levan Reid and senior sports producer Jackie Connally.

In addition to logging at-bats for Red Sox games in the studio, McCarriston has also gone out in to the field for events such as a Boston Celtics clinic for students. “I got a video of [No. 1 draft pick] Jaylen Brown dunking on a kid, which was really funny,” reported McCarriston, who will be assisting the station at Patriots’ preseason training camp. “Football is my favorite sport, so I’m looking forward to being in Foxboro for their training camp.”

Read more from the Lynn Journal.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column and visits to Metropolitan State University’s Met Radio, Denver LPFM KOMF-LP and Colorado College Radio Station The SOCC.

By | July 26th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Ithaca College students head to Rio to assist with NBC Olympics coverage

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the NBC Sports team covering the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” said Jacob Asman, a senior television-radio major who serves as the play-by-play commentator for Ithaca College football games on the college’s radio station, WICB. “As an aspiring sports broadcaster, I couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to represent Ithaca College, while contributing to one of the world’s biggest sports broadcasts.”

Read more from Ithaca College.

How the Philadelphia School District saved and re-launched its student-run TV studio

But officials in the School District and the surrounding community saw its growth potential and significance and fought for its revival. Now, with financial support, stronger partnerships and a new leader, PSTV hopes to empower the voices of the students in the schools and expose them to new career opportunities. The studio, whose programming can be found on Comcast Channel 52, Verizon FiOS Channel 50, YouTube and online, is free and open to all students in Philadelphia, regardless of whether the school is private, public, charter or parochial.

Read more from Technical.ly.

Radio Free Los Angeles: KXLU liberates listeners from the status quo

If you’re holding a copy of The Argonaut right now, you’re likely within the 3,000-watt signal range of KXLU 88.9-FM. If you happen to be reading this online, you could be listening via kxlu.com.

The point is you could be listening along as you read this, and maybe you should be.

Read more from The Argonaut.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch column and World Listening Day.

By | July 19th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Six Weeks (OR LESS) and Counting

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It’s only the second week in July—where did summer go—and most media operations kick back into high gear with a full staff in six weeks or less.

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President

42 days or less.

Sorry to ruin your summer, but are you ready?

Is that to-do list you created at the end of last semester finished or close to finished?

Some thought starters in case you forgot:

  • Recruitment meeting is set, flyers ready, social media posts planned, info is with key faculty members?
  • Documents & website updated—new officers, new schedule, new by-laws, new training manual?
  • Swag ordered and delivered before everyone gets back?
  • First meeting planned out with icebreakers, long and short term planning, goals and objectives?
  • Any facility/studio projects completed & ready for any needed staff training?
  • Needed equipment ordered (headphones, mics, cameras, etc.)
  • Introduced yourself (and your other student leaders) to the key players on campus (President, department Chair, Dean, Alumni Association Director, Student Government officers & board, building coordinator)?
  • Filled out any needed paperwork to register you club/org with campus offices?
  • Do you have enough organization letterhead, envelopes, business cards, office supplies, banners and mic flags to get you through at least the first semester?

That will get you started and help brainstorm some more specific to your operation.

The key to getting off to a great start and being able to spend enough time recruiting/training/networking with newcomers is to have as many of the logistical items crossed off your list before the semester starts.

Enjoy a few days of sunshine and relaxation, but not too many if you want to get off on the right foot as a student leader.

By | July 13th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Tuned in: Blugold Radio 99.9 FM brings indie rock, alternative tunes with local focus to airwaves

Besides music, the station will feature UW-Eau Claire Forum speakers, Blugold sports, and news, research and spoken word programs that run from about 15 minutes to an hour, as well as other specialty and student-hosted programs, Morfitt said.

“Starting in the fall we’re going to be producing those spoken word pieces … and then doing some small student vignettes and getting more of that formatting in place,” he said.

Read more from the Leader-Telegram.

At the mic and outside the box: EMCC revives the old-time radio serial

Dr. Don Vaughan is reviving the time-honored serial — and teaching his students at the time. The Speech and Theatre instructor on the East Mississippi Community College-Golden Triangle campus pens scripts and puts his students on the air weekly, acting out a drama titled “Search for Happiness.” The short program is broadcast live Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. this summer on EMCC’s own station, WGTC 92.7 FM. While complementing EMCC’s branding efforts, the station gives students opportunities for invaluable knowledge of media in general, and radio in particular.

Read more from The Dispatch.
Tiny Mix Tapes reviews: ‘Sex and Broadcasting’
Still, it’s a pleasant walk through WFMU history, from freak college radio club, to freak independent radio phenomenon, to cult radio station fighting against a less freak-friendly era. Historical highlights, disasters, and near-disasters get due air time, but the fascinating personalities behind some of WFMU’s more groundbreaking shows could use more space to get out some good soundbites. Station manager Ken Freedman is the apparent protagonist, and his suggested mismanagement of the station is the most discussed — if not most interesting — line of investigation.
Read more from Tiny Mix Tapes.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

 

By | July 12th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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USI student radio station, The Edge, expands to 95.7 FM

WSWI, the University of Southern Indiana student-run radio station, can now be heard on 95.7 FM in the Evansville area, the station announced at a press conference and launch event on Monday. The newly monikered 95.7 The Edge: Evansville’s Alternative was formerly only on the dial at AM 820.

Read more from USI.edu.

Campus View: With a Little Help From Our (Non-affiliate) Friends
WTUL prides itself on being totally automation-free and non-affiliates were first allowed to join the station in order to help it stay that way. “…They pull a lot of weight at the station during spring/summer/winter breaks when many students are unavailable,” Annie Russell, recent graduate and DJ since 2012, said.
Read more from Radio World.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, College Radio Watch visits WERA-LP, CHIRP radio, the College Radio Watch column and Podcast #52.

By | July 6th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Bridge the gap between managers and DJs

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Congratulations! You are now on the executive management team at your college radio station. You got a position by showing dedication, having a good music show, and you knocked your interview out of the park. Now, you are king of the world, and can do anything you want!

Evan Boyd, CBI Student Representative

Evan Boyd, CBI Student Representative

Well, not exactly.

Being on an executive team is a privilege, as you now represent your college radio station to the students, the community, and the school. Most importantly – with this position, it is important to never look down at the other DJ’s, as if Big Brother is watching them. The gap between your staff and your DJs can be limited by giving them more opportunities and treating them equally. I’ve found that by using some of these ideas, not only will you get more positive feedback from your DJs, but it will improve your station as a whole.

Have monthly meetings, and invite DJs to events.

The first Wednesday of every month, WSUM holds a monthly meeting inviting the DJs to hear what is going on around the station, allowing them to get involved some more if the opportunity is given. Not only will you find your most committed DJs here, but it will be easier for them to get to know you. Refreshments and/or pizza are always a great way to get people in!

One of the biggest station bonding events that WSUM does is attend a baseball game at a local independent league. While I love baseball, the best part about it is that you can hate sports and still enjoy an event like this. Another great part about it is that it is different – if I had to guess where a bunch of college music lovers would go, the last place I would look at is around a baseball field.

Remember everybody’s name.

The “I have trouble remembering names” will need to change. Using the person’s name acknowledges their identity, massaging their ego and thus boosting their self-esteem. Just by recognizing that they exist, you have done them a great favor. I can recall the first time I walked into WSUM, wanting to help out in any way. The person I first talked to was incredible helpful, and she and I became good friends. She made me feel welcome to a place where I had no idea how things ran.

Create teams that they can join.

Try and create something so that they can come in for another hour during the week, instead of simply coming in to do their show. There are so many other things that they can get involved with if you give them the opportunity. For example, when I was the Production Director, I created the “production team” that would create ID’s, spots, PSA’s, and more fun things as another way to get involved. At first, not as many people showed up as I would have liked, but I never gave up and kept pushing the team. This past fall, three of the members of production team became members of the executive management team.

 

Listen to their shows, and provide feedback.

This past semester, I decided to listen to EVERYBODY’S show, which, as you can probably imagine, took some time. After listening to a ton of shows and writing down notes on what I liked and what I thought could improve, I almost gave up and said to myself that this was pointless to do. But after sending some emails out, I got so much positive feedback from the DJs, saying that it felt good that somebody on the exec team was listening, and that they would continue to work on their skills.

Even if you thought the show was bad, it is important to stay as positive as you can be with the email, call, etc. Not only did it improve quality control, but it made people feel more relaxed about doing their show, and felt more comfortable asking me any questions they had. I truly believe that this is one of the most important things to do to keep in touch with the rest of your station.

Be the first to say hi.

This sounds silly, but going out of your way to say hi to a new DJ will change everything. You do not have to wait to see if they come to you, just introduce yourself! Who knows – maybe the next person you say hi to will become the next in charge at the station.

Evan is the Station Manager at WSUM 91.7 FM at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. For any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to him at studentrep@askcbi.org.

By | June 29th, 2016|Board Blogs|1 Comment

Student Media in the News

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Hastings KFKX to sign off on Thursday

The long, rich history of KFKX is unknown to most people. From starting out as Westinghouse Station in the early 20th century, whose sole purpose was to rebroadcast the signal from KDKA in Pittsburgh to the West Coast, to when President Ronald Reagan stood at the front door of the Gray Center in September of 1988 and boldly announced that “Radio station KFKX is on the air,” its history has been long and fruitful.

Read more from HC Media Online, NBC Nebraska, The Grand Island Independent, Hastings Tribune and Radio Survivor.

WKNC builds antenna, expands broadcast range

NC State’s student-run radio station, WKNC, upgraded its antenna array, which already stretches far beyond NC State’s campus, to reach a wider audience last weekend.

The upgrade will allow WKNC’s student DJs to reach an estimated 23,000 potential listeners in Rocky Mount, Wilson and Goldsboro. The radio station is also planning to switch over to HD radio by the end of the summer as part of a long-term project to switch from analog to digital radio, which is scheduled to be fully completed by the 2018-19 school year.

Read more from The Technician.

Radio legend lands dream job advising college station WNHU

“I was driving my son to the train station…” a few months back, recalls a beaming Barber. “And I looked at him, and said: ‘This is the most excited I have been driving to work in 18 years.'”

WNHU was founded as a student club in 1970, and features an eclectic mix of music and conversation from more than 100 volunteer student and community deejays. Its state-of-the-art facilities at 46 Ruden St. include production space for live and recorded programming, a server room, student offices and a staff lounge.

“Just look at this view I have every day,” continued Barber. “I can look out of my office window and see this growing, thriving campus. I can see the beautiful New Haven skyline. Who has it better than me?”

Read more from the Hartford Courant.

ESPN’s Brickley talks Seton Hall Start

Before John Brickley was making appearances on ESPN, he was a student in South Orange.

A 2006 graduate of Seton Hall, Brickley received his B.A. in broadcast journalism. The development of his skills and abilities were not limited to just his immersive classes, as Brickley was the sports director for WSOU and the sports anchor for Pirate Television.

Read more from The Setonian.

Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Plus, College Radio Watch visits Takoma Radio, WGTB, explores carrier current stations and the latest San Francisco LPFM updates.

By | June 28th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News

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Submit your session proposals for the NSEMC in Philadelphia

The 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 at the Philadelphia Sonesta hotel, is accepting submissions for session proposals now. Visit the session proposals page to submit your session.

Also, visit the Philadelphia site for information on hotel reservations, convention registration and more.

Colorado Mountain College collaborates with local shop for spirited show

After a quick crash course on digital media, the couple — owners of Cooper Wine and Spirits in Glenwood Springs — got to work on what would become “Sip Happens.” Launched in April, the informal, educational booze podcast has focused primarily on alcoholic history. The Bradys have devoted episodes to the wine’s journey through the millennia — from the Middle East in 6,000 BC to ancient Rome and into the birth of sparkling wine in the middle ages and the invention of the cork. Another looked at Irish whiskey’s rise and fall in popularity through the political and military conflicts of the 20th century.

Read more from the Aspen Times.

WNTI-FM sold to Penn

In a twist on the recent college radio station sales news, usually bad, Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., sold its WNTI(FM). The good news is that it was sold to another school, the University of Pennsylvania. The price was a cool $1.75 million.
Read more from Radio World.
WRAS still vital to Atlanta’s music scene after GPB takeover
It was a harsh blow to the station’s four-decade legacy as a leader in the national college radio scene, and an Atlanta music institution. But it was by no means the death knell. Two years later, maintaining relevance in the face of such crippling change is a difficult task for the young DJs who have inherited the station’s day-to-day operations. But the student staff — WRAScals, as they affectionately call themselves in meetings and emails — are adapting to the changes and finding new ways to keep WRAS an integral part of Atlanta’s music scene.
Read more from Creative Loafing Atlanta.
Plus, Radio Survivor celebrates The Gas Pipe Networks, the College Radio Watch column and the 50th Radio Survivor podcast.

 

 


By | June 21st, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments