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

NESMC Seattle Updates


Here’s the latest going on in preparation for NESMC in Seattle, Oct. 22-25!

Next Generation Radio storytelling project is taking applications

Pre-Convention Workshops for Wednesday, Oct. 22

• Preliminary lists of speakers and sessions (more to come soon)

Complete listing of awards finalists

Hotel reservation rates and information

Registration rates and information

By | September 8th, 2014|Conferences, Conventions|Comments Off on NESMC Seattle Updates

Seattle Pre-Convention Workshops: Wednesday, Oct. 22


Interested in coming to Seattle a little early for a workshop with experts on FCC and Adobe video suite? Check out our Pre-Convention Workshops on the Seattle convention page!

These workshops feature expert speakers and the latest information, with a small group size so your questions will be answered. Don’t miss this chance to learn from the pros.

By | August 15th, 2014|About CBI, Conferences, Conventions, Resources|Comments Off on Seattle Pre-Convention Workshops: Wednesday, Oct. 22

Last call for Seattle session proposals!


CBI is seeking final proposals for convention sessions for the 2014 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 23-25 at the Renaissance Seattle.

You can review previous sessions from our conventions in San Antonio in 2013 and Atlanta in 2012 for ideas. When you’re ready to submit, visit the Sessions page on the Seattle convention site.

The final submission deadline is Friday, Aug. 8.

For more information, contact the CBI Executive Director.

By | August 4th, 2014|About CBI, CBI News, Conferences, Conventions|Comments Off on Last call for Seattle session proposals!

Getting ready for Seattle?


Registration for the third annual College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Electronic Media Convention is now open. CBI, along with more than 400 students, advisers/managers and electronic media professionals, will be in beautiful Seattle Oct. 23-25 for three days packed with high quality educational sessions.


If this is the first you are hearing about this event, that means that you are not subscribed to any of the CBI email lists. These invaluable email lists allow you watch topics, be informed of changes in the laws and regulations that impact your organization and ask questions of your peers. For more information about the email lists, visit our listserv page.

Questions? Contact CBI.

By | July 21st, 2014|About CBI, Conferences|Comments Off on Getting ready for Seattle?