Coming to Seattle? Start networking now!


There are plenty of ways to start getting to know your fellow NSEMC Seattle attendees now!

  • First, join the Facebook event for the convention.
  • Start using the convention hashtag, #CBISeattle, on your social media pages.
  • And, if you’re not already, follow CBI’s Twitter at @askcbi for the latest updates and news as we count down these final days to the convention.

By |October 6th, 2014|Conferences, Conventions|0 Comments

Spotlight: Spinnaker TV


By |October 2nd, 2014|Spotlight|0 Comments

Board Blog: Getting the Most out of the CBI Convention



Warren Kozireski, CBI Immediate Past President.

You and your staff are making the trip for the National Electronic Student Media Convention in Seattle later this month. For most student operations it is quite a financial commitment, so how can you get the most bang for your buck—ROI using industry language?


  • If your media operation is paying all or part of the bill for a member to attend, you might want to consider having everyone sign a travel agreement stipulating in writing what is expected of them. How many sessions should they attend each day? Are 9 a.m. sessions mandatory? Can I go sightseeing during the day? What happens if I don’t meet the minimum? What happens if … ? A good example to use as a template is this one from Ball State.
  • Have all attendees meet in advance to sift through the program schedule and pre-select what session each would like to attend. With six sessions going on at once, to get the most out of it you should rarely have more than one person from the same media organization in the same room. Maybe even have other students leaders from the organization who can’t go to the conference also look through the schedule for things they would like information on. This could help fill any schedule gaps. You are representing the entire organization—not just yourself.
  • Bring a notebook, pens, business cards, station swag (for the swag swap) and electronic device chargers.
  • Schedule a daily debrief among all of your attendees at the end of each day to share ideas, experiences and begin to brainstorm changes you want to make back home.
  • Hang out with people other than from your own station. You know what you do, so gather new perspectives and ideas by talking with students and advisers from other colleges. Whoever comes home with the most new social media contacts wins.
  • Whether your station is a CBI Award finalist or not, attend the Awards presentation. Audio and video clips from the winners are played, so you can measure where your operation stands, and maybe pick up a few creative ideas to use next week back home.
  • Have an open mind. There are an endless number of student media operating models out there. Just because someone doesn’t do things exactly like your operation doesn’t mean you can’t glean a nugget of information that might prove beneficial.
  • Catch up on sleep when you get home. The CBI conference only happens once a year and, for some, this is a one-time only experience. Milk it for everything you can and enjoy!

By |October 1st, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

NSEMC News: Pro résumé and reel reviews


This year, as an added option for students attending the NSEMC in Seattle, we’re offering one-on-one reviews with a radio news pro for résumés and demo reels! Book an appointment with Glenn Schuck to get real-world feedback on your clips and resume before you head out on the job hunt. Bring your resume and reel on a flash drive or CD.

For more information, check in at the registration desk in Seattle! See you there!

By |September 29th, 2014|Conventions|0 Comments

Board Blog: Seattle Update


As we have seen with all the chatter on the CBI listservs, the response to this year’s National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) has been incredible. That is true on the sponsors and exhibitors side of the convention as well.


Mark Maben, CBI Development Director

Exhibit space for NSEMC 2014 has sold out! This year a record number of companies and individuals will be exhibiting at our trade show on Thursday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 24. There will be 18 vendors and many of the exhibitors are, as station sales people like to say, “new business,” meaning it is their first-time at the convention. In Seattle we will have a great mix of long-time CBI supporters and new friends. All NSEMC attendees are encouraged to check in with our exhibitors to learn about their products or services. And if you play Exhibitor Bingo, you will have a chance to win some prizes too!

I am pleased to note that Comrex has returned as a major sponsor of the convention. It is terrific that Comrex understands and supports the mission of CBI and the NSEMC.

You can see who many of our sponsors and exhibitors are for NSEMC 2014 by visiting More folks are added to this site regularly. Suggestions for future exhibitors and sponsors are always welcome.

I am starting to get really excited about NSEMC-Seattle. Don’t forget that the early bird deadline for convention registration is October 1st.   I hope to see you in Seattle!


By |September 25th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


KFJC to broadcast Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Award-winning, student and volunteer-run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89. 7 FM is excited to be traveling to the United Kingdom in order to broadcast live from the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. The two-day festival, which will take place at Liverpool’s Camp & Furnace/Blade Factory complex (a collection of warehouses and a former industrial furnace), will feature a range of performances by neo-psychedelic artists from all over the world.

KFJC will be presenting live audio and video streaming of selected bands from all three stages of this year’s festival, using the latest in remote broadcast technology. Live sets from Liverpool will be broadcast to listeners in the United States over KFJC 89.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and to a global audience via the Internet.

The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia will air over KFJC 89.7 FM on Friday, Sept. 26 (tentatively from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time) and Saturday, Sept. 27 (tentatively from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time). Tune in to KFJC at 89.7 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and online at View the live video feed at

To learn more about the festival, visit

By |September 23rd, 2014|Member News|0 Comments

Early Bird Registration Countdown!


Just 9 days left to save and get special early-bird pricing for convention registration for the 2014 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle, Oct. 23-25!

For more information, visit the Seattle website.

To register now, visit the registration page.

By |September 22nd, 2014|CBI News, Conferences, Conventions|0 Comments

Board Blog: CBI members using WordPress



Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

In a few weeks CBI will recognize one of four media outlets as having the Best Student Media Website at our National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 23-25 in Seattle. The nominees are indeed outstanding and many of them have been recognized before for their superior work. Two of the finalists use the WordPress, a free and open source blogging platform and content management software. With thousands of themes and plugins, WordPress is highly customizable and one of the easiest content management software to learn and maintain.

CBI has twice profiled radio and video outlets using WordPress (in November 2010) and (September 2012). Here is another roundup of member media outlets using WordPress. Click on the image for a larger version of the site’s front page. If the image appears tiny, try using a different browser.

wgur WGUR at Georgia College and State University @  WSUM at University of Wisconsin-Madison @
wxac WXAC at Albright College @ wcrd WCRD at Ball State University @
wlbn  WLBN at Albion College @ kbhu KBHU-FM/TV at Black Hills State University @
scad SCAD Radio at Savannah College of Art and Design @ widb WIDB at Southern Illinois University @
ktxt KTXT at Texas Tech University @ wvvs WVVS at Valdosta State University @
kugr KUGR at Washington State University @ bearcast Bearcast Radio at University of Cincinnati @
wikd WIKD at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University @ kfhs KFHS-FM/TV at Fort Hays State University @ 
kswh KSWH at Henderson State University @ wdbm WDBM at Michigan State University @
kfkx KFKX at Hastings College @ cougarradio Cougar Radio at Misericordia University @
cistern CisternYard Media at College of Charleston @ wsbf WSBF at Clemson University @ 
 ksdb KSDB at Kansas State University @ wess WESS at East Stroudsburg University @
wxou WXOU at Oakland University @ wmsc WMSC at Montclair State University @
ctv CTV at Colorado State University @ kcsu KCSU at Colorado State University @
wjcu WJCU at John Carroll University @ orbitmedia Orbit Media at Muskingum University @
wsoe WSOE at Elon University @ wvmm WVMM at Messiah College @
wbcx WBCX at Brenau University @ wbgu WBGU at Bowling Green State University @
csradio Clayton State Internet Radio at Clayton State University @ cstv Clayton State Television at Clayton State University @
kjhk KJHK at University of Kansas @ kwva KWVA at University of Oregon @
spintv Spinnaker TV at University of North Florida @ spinradio Spinnaker Radio at University of North Florida @
wmcx WMCX at Monmouth University @ wdwn WDWN at Cayuga Community College @
kcwu KCWU at Central Washington University @ norsecode Norse Code Radio at Northern Kentucky University @
sgtv SGTV at University of South Carolina @ wusc WUSC-FM at University of South Carolina @
whje WHJE at Carmel High School @ wcal WCAL at California University of Pennsylvania @
kuiw KUIW at University of Incarnate Word @ uiwtv UIW TV at University of Incarnate Word @
wobn WOBN at Otterbein University @ kbvr KBVR-FM/TV at Oregon State University @
greycomm GreyComm Studios at Loyola University-Maryland @ wloy WLOY at Loyola University-Maryland @
bellarmine Bellarmine Radio at Bellarmine University @ owlradio Owl Radio at Kennesaw State University @
kspc KSPC at Pomona College @ wvbu WVBU at Bucknell University @
Screenshot 2014-09-16 21.36.38 GSTV at Georgia State University @ krhs KRHS at Ritenour High School @
wpts WPTS at University of Pittsburgh @ wutm WUTM at University of Tennessee-Martin @
wgmu WGMU at George Mason University @ mcn Mason Cable Network at George Mason University @
 wtbu WTBU at Boston University @ ictv ICTV at Ithaca College @
bsupulse The Pulse at Boise State University @ wrcu WRCU at Colgate University @
ktru KTRU at Rice University @ rtv RTV at Rice University @

If you are a CBI media member and don’t see your site on the list, please contact me at to be added.

By |September 17th, 2014|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Guest Blog: The Next Generation Radio project

Next Generation Radio is looking for six talented college students interested in working one-on-one with media professionals during the CBI National Student Electronic Media Conference in Seattle, Oct. 20-25, 2014.


LaToya Dennis

I can say from experience, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss.

My first experience with Next Generation Radio came while I was a graduate student studying broadcast journalism at Michigan State University. It was October 2005, and I’d recently been hired as a part-time student reporter for WKAR, Michigan State’s public radio station.

The only problem, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and I had never even heard of public radio.

I’d completed class assignments that required me to write news stories and occasionally cover community happenings, but I quickly learned class is much different than being in an actual newsroom.

After a few months on the job trying to figure out if I was cut out to be a reporter, I applied to participate in a Next Generation Radio training project. I was accepted, and I haven’t looked back since.

Next Generation Radio pairs experienced and accomplished journalists with students. From start to finish, those journalists help to guide mentees through the process of creating a character driven story for air and the web. If you’re familiar with public radio, then you know this is its bread and butter.

I participated in two Next Gen projects as a student. For me, nothing was more valuable than having my mentors, Elaine Heinzman and Phyllis Fletcher, accompany me on interviews to ensure I asked the right questions and collected great sound. Having a working journalist help me through the process of writing and voicing a feature story on deadline didn’t hurt either.

These days, Next Gen Radio also includes story build outs for web. We all know, radio isn’t just radio anymore, which means you need to know how to incorporate other storytelling mediums.

I can definitely say Next Generation Radio prepared me for life after graduation, working as a reporter in a newsroom. And to be completely honest, I still call on my mentors from time to time. Now, nine years after my first experience with Next Gen, I’m elated to return as a seasoned reporter. I can’t wait to pass on all the knowledge and experience I’ve gained over the years, and probably learn a new trick or two myself.

Back in 2005, the idea of working so closely with someone that whatever weaknesses I had would be exposed was intimidating, but not allowing that to stop me was one of the best career decisions I ever made.

A word of advice—if you’re thinking about applying, stop wasting time and do it. It’s an experience you won’t forget. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 19. Click here to read more and apply.


LaToya Dennis is now a reporter for Milwaukee Public Radio




By |September 16th, 2014|Conferences, Conventions|0 Comments

KUOW, KPLU Join NPR And CBI To Train Next Generation Of Multimedia Journalists


KUOW, KPLU, NPR and College Broadcasters, Inc. are seeking student applicants to their first Student Multimedia Project. The week-long opportunity for college and graduate students to learn from professional journalists will be hosted at the CBI National Student Electronic Media Conference in Seattle, Oct. 20-25, 2014. The application deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Time Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

A committee of journalists will select up to six students to pair one-to-one with public media journalists and college multimedia instructors from around the country. Three students will be selected from the Seattle/Tacoma area.

“At KUOW we are excited about this project because including more voices and a greater breadth of storytelling in public media ensures our resonance and relevance with audiences into the future,” said KUOW General Manager Caryn Mathes, “I applaud this project that seeds our craft with the next generation.”

The Student Multimedia Project will emphasize multimedia storytelling focused on character development. Students who are selected for the project will each find a person to focus on for their story—someone doing something interesting who is willing and available to be interviewed. Students will produce a radio story about the person and then tell their story differently for the web.

“NPR and its member stations support the Project because it allows us to discover and groom a diverse pool of young talent,” said NPR Consultant and Project Manager Doug Mitchell. “The Project gives public media professionals a chance to see if students have what it takes to do the work and lets our industry build a pipeline of new professionals who understand our way of storytelling.” Mitchell thanked KUOW as well as NPR member stations KPLU Seattle/Tacoma, Michigan Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Radio for dedicating staff as mentors in this project.

Mentors for the project are Amara Aguilar of the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism; Ruby de Luna of KUOW Seattle; LaToya Dennis of Milwaukee Public Radio; Sarah Hulett of Michigan Radio; Kyle Stokes of KPLU Seattle-Tacoma and Traci Tong of “The World” from PRI, BBC and WGBH Boston.

This is the sixth student media collaboration of Next Generation Radio and CBI/College Media. Previous projects were at conferences in Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Kansas City.

The mission of KUOW is to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.

By |September 15th, 2014|About CBI, Conferences|0 Comments