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.



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

Student Media in the News


Sign up for media tours, demo reel reviews and TV/Radio clinics at NSEMC

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

KUCR honored by campus at its 50th Anniversary Gala

On Thursday, Oct. 6, four days after KUCR’s official 50th anniversary, the college radio station that has been a staple of UCR held its first-ever gala in celebration of its 50 years on the air. Hosted and presented by KUCR director Louis Vandenberg, the event hosted over 10 speakers including UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox, U.S. House Congressman Mark Takano and Pulitzer Prize winner Dexter Thomas, who was the evening’s final speaker.

Read more from The Highlander.

WCSB turns 40: Inside look at the station

WCSB 89.3 — Cleveland’s FM Alternative and Cleveland State University’s college radio station — is celebrating 40 years of broadcasting this year. The station’s history can be seen in every part of the studio, present in the numerous concert posters and artist stickers plastered across the walls while every desk is cluttered with CDs and papers.

Read more from The Cauldron.

The Day the Music was Revived: A Return for WRCM

Over 20 students gathered together last week, eagerly planning and promoting the revival of an integral part of Manhattan College history. After a hiatus, WRCM, the Manhattan College radio station, will be making it’s return to campus in the coming months.

“The station was just around campus. Before we built the Kelly Commons, for instance, it was in the cafeterias in Thomas Hall” Dr. Thom Gencarelli, head of the Communications Department and advisor of WRCM, said. “One day, the signal within the cafeterias just stopped, and no one knows the full story as to why, but that was really the end of the station as a station for the students at the college.”

Read more from The Quadrangle.

Texas college TV station, felled by budgeting, signs off the air

A celebrated Kingwood tradition – LSC-TV Channel 24 – will sign off the air Dec. 31.
LSC-TV is the Lone Star College television station, operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and is located on Channel 24 for SuddenLink cable subscribers in Kingwood and Porter. Besides providing informational videos about Lone Star College-Kingwood and the many guest speakers who speak at the campus, the channel promotes and tapes local events and local issues, especially from Lake Houston-area nonprofit agencies, as well local school districts, chambers of commerce, government and civic groups.

“In these tough fiscal times, our campus must focus on supporting programs that directly impact student success or enrollment and instruction,” explained Lone Star-Kingwood President Dr. Katherine Persson. “It was a financial decision.”

Read more from The Tribune.

Students take over the airwaves

Students are now broadcasting news stories, political and sports commentaries, and interviews on Hillsdale College’s radio station, Radio Free Hillsdale 101.7 FM.

Although many college radio stations air solely music programs, the assorted content of Hillsdale College’s station — including news, talk, and spoken word radio — will provide students real-world experience in multiple aspects of broadcast media. The station’s general manager, Scot Bertram, said he is excited to help them hone the skills that will equip them for career success.

Read more from The Collegian.

‘Protesting the protest’: Radio station will blackout college football game

A North Carolina radio station says it won’t broadcast this weekend’s East Carolina football game after members of the school’s marching band knelt in protest during the national anthem last weekend.

ESPN Fayetteville (WFAY, 100.1 FM), a radio station owned by parent company Colonial Media and Entertainment, says it is “protesting the protesting” of the ECU Marching Pirates.

Read more from WCPO.

New equipment for Michigan’s farthest reaching high school radio station

At 2,400 watts, the station has the potential to reach one million listeners across Michigan. The grant, which was for $2,000, will be used to buy new mixers, headphones, cables and headphone amplifiers. In comparison most high school and even some college radio stations run on 100 to 300 watts, according to Kimberly McKnee, broadcast class teacher overseeing the station.

Read more from The Oakland Press.

Teens host radio show to make a difference in the community

There’s a lot to talk about on “talk radio” these days, but the voices you hear are usually adults.

Well, not on Monday nights at a Portland radio station.

Take a listen to “Blunt Youth Radio,” where teens are making a difference in our community.

Read more from WGME.

Community radio station is a hit at Emory & Henry College

Using his powerful and distinctive voice for radio, Emory & Henry College student Sam Page recently strapped on headphones and prepared for another weekly radio show.

The music education major described his involvement with the college’s radio station as nothing short of amazing.

“I’ve always loved radio. Being part of WEHC is a great experience for me,” said the sophomore, who hosts a show on Wednesday afternoons featuring music from Broadway hits.

Read more from SWVA Today.

Plus, Radio Survivor Podcast episode #66, episode #67 and the College Radio Watch column. And, Paste Magazine weighs in on CMJ.

By | October 11th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conferences, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

National Student Production Awards finalists

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We’re announcing the 2016 finalists in CBI’s National Student Production Awards over on the Philadelphia website! We’ll be posting new categories every weekday until Friday, Aug. 26, so check back.

While you’re there, see all the latest on the National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22. We’re posting info on the hotel, special pre-convention workshops and more.

By | August 16th, 2016|CBI News, Conferences, Conventions|Comments Off on National Student Production Awards finalists

Student Media in the News


A station is born: Inside the high-risk, low-watt, quirky world of community radio

At 10 minutes to airtime, the studio clock was three minutes slow. Marika Partridge climbed up on a folding chair to fix it, exchanging a “Close one!” glance with her fellow founders of the Washington area’s newest radio station.

After a cutthroat Federal Communications Commission application fight and five years of begging for help and money, it wouldn’t do to blow the on-air debut because of a $15 wall clock from Target.

Read more from The Washington Post.

How will you celebrate national radio day?

It may be unofficial, but National Radio Day is a holiday that is near and dear to our hearts here at Radio World. Celebrated annually on Aug. 20, the day recognizes the invention of radio and the importance of the medium in our culture, according to the National Radio Day website and various online holiday calendars. The 2016 theme is “Celebrate the Spark of Great Radio.”

Read more from Radio World.

Next week: CBI announces 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

By | August 9th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Conferences, Contests, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News




For more info about joining CBI, visit the join CBI web page.

To contact us about participating in the 2016 NSEMC, visit the contact page.

Follow our Twitter @askcbi and our Facebook for more updates as they are released.

By | March 25th, 2016|CBI News, Conferences|Comments Off on #CBIPhiladelphia

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|Comments Off on Coming to Seattle? Start networking now!

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|Comments Off on Guest Blog: The Next Generation Radio project

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|Comments Off on KUOW, KPLU Join NPR And CBI To Train Next Generation Of Multimedia Journalists