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?

Board Blog: Seattle and the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention


I could write about the nearly 100 sessions and events we are busy planning for the convention—as well as some of the great speakers that will be present sessions for you—but I am not going to do that. I could write about the awards programs and keynote speaker. Not going to do that either. I could mention all of the great networking opportunities and educational opportunities the event offers or about how you will come back with great ideas and feel energized, but I will resist the temptation.


Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director


Space Needle, photo by Jordon Kalilich, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Instead, I will focus on what Seattle has to offer. A lot of people think of music and the Space Needle when they think of Seattle, and they should. The music history of Seattle is well known, so I will not recount it for you, but rest assured the music scene in the city is still vibrant.

The Space Needle is a landmark that is readily recognizable and associated with Seattle. It was built in less than a year for the 1962 World’s Fair and engineered to withstand earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude. A sight to see for sure, but a little hint, there are some amazing views available in other locations (not to mention the location of the evening social event we have planned for you, which will be different this year).

Speaking of the Space needle and Music, adjacent to the space needle is the EMP Museum (formerly known as the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame). The Museum hosts exhibits, interactive displays and educational material related to risk-taking ideas which influence contemporary pop culture. It also annually hosts an annual 21-and-under battle of the bands contest.


EMP Museum, photo by Cacophony, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Both of these are located in Seattle Center, which also features museums, shopping, dining, artwork, gardens, theaters and venues.

The convention hotel is also located just blocks from Pike Place Market, and while you are there, do not miss the gum wall.

If, somehow, the Mariners make the World Series, Safeco is not an unreasonable distance from the hotel. If you arrive early or plan to stay an extra day, you might want to relax on the state-run ferry at an economical price with an opportunity to enjoy the views and visit another part of the area.

For the “more experienced” (ahem) advisers, you might enjoy a trip down memory lane with a visit to the Seattle Pinball Museum. Admission is a tad pricey, but play is free.

Of course Seattle has a lot more to offer so you should check out travel sites such as Yelp, Trip Adviser or the visit Seattle site among others to discover what Seattle has to offer to you for your pre- and post-convention activities. Along those lines, both students and advisers are well advised to make sure that the educational and networking opportunities offered at the convention are not missed because a member of your delegation becomes a tourist.

If you have thoughts about what sites are a must see, venues to visit, where to eat, etc. Please share. If you have tips to share about how to make sure those attending the convention actually attend the convention and bring back resources to your station to share with others, please share. I would like to use your comments as the basis of my next Board Blog post.

Finally, do not forget to submit your session proposals.

By | July 16th, 2014|Board Blogs, Conferences|Comments Off on Board Blog: Seattle and the CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention

Submit session proposals for Seattle


CBI, as a member driven and funded organization, depends highly on you to contribute your shared knowledge and resources.  In fact, the sharing of knowledge is an essential reason why CBI exists.  If  you have expertise in some matter, whether it be events, promotions, news, careers, sports, engineering, careers, WordPress, social media, convergence, and more. Whatever you think others would benefit from in a session, we encourage you to submit a session proposal.  Not every proposal received is accepted as CBI wants to continue its great session approval rating.

If you do not feel qualified, perhaps you know people who are.  Contact them and ask them if they have an hour to speak at the convention.  Or if you feel you are somewhat qualified, but would like to have others to rely upon to fill your knowledge gap, CBI can help.

If you know professionals in the local Seattle market, contact them.

CBI wants to see the most proposals possible so we can continue to select the best possible sessions for you.

Questions?  Please send them to  Ready to submit a proposal (even a partial one)? Visit

By | July 14th, 2014|About CBI, Conferences|Comments Off on Submit session proposals for Seattle

Get set for Seattle


Even though the 2014 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention isn’t until October, there are plenty of resources on the Seattle Convention website if you’re ready to start planning.

Registration info
Hotel info
Flight info
Session proposal information
Information for sponsors and exhibitors

More information will be posted as it becomes available, so mark your calendars and start counting down to our west-coast conference Oct. 23-25.

Questions? Contact us.

By | June 30th, 2014|CBI News, Conferences|Comments Off on Get set for Seattle

Don’t Forget: NSEMC Early-bird deadline and College Radio Day!

Tuesday, Oct. 1 is an important day for all of us in college broadcasting! First, it’s College Radio Day. Second, it’s the end of early-bird registration discounts for the National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.

Celebrate college radio, and prepare to celebrate all things college broadcasting by making your plans now!

Visit the convention website to see the speakers, sessions, tours and special guests we’ll have, to register and book your hotel rooms.

Twitter? Follow us for updates on #CBITexas at @askcbi.

By | September 29th, 2013|Conferences|Comments Off on Don’t Forget: NSEMC Early-bird deadline and College Radio Day!

Student Designers: Help us show off Seattle!

Attention CBI Member Station Students! Design a logo for the College Broadcasters, Inc. 2014 National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle! Student entries are being accepted for the official convention logo design, which will appear on convention promotional materials.

Designs should visually represent both CBI and Seattle. The winning student entry receives a $50.00 award. You must be a current student staff member at a CBI Member Station to be eligible for the contest. All entries will be blindly judged.

Logo design specifications

1. The logo must be square in shape.

2. Logo text must contain the words “CBI,” “Seattle,” and “October 2014.”

3. Logo must contain the standard CBI logo incorporated into the design from the CBI website. (Download a zipped .EPS file here.)

4. Logo should be produced in two versions: one black and white and one black and white plus one iconic spot color. The spot color is up to the designer’s choice.

5. Submission files need to be submitted as both .eps and .jpg formats. Four files are required for a complete entry: the black and white .eps, the black and white plus spot color .eps, and then the black and white as a .jpg and the black and white plus spot color .jpg. The overall design should remain universal among all four files.

6. A text document specifying the “graphic and text standards” of the design files must be submitted. Include color specification, font names, sizes and styles used in the designs. EPS files require fonts to be converted to outlines.

7. Designs should be ready to use if selected as the winner. Example uses include the convention program, name tags, convention website, t-shirts, and other promotional materials.

8. Entry indicates that any artwork used is indeed that of the designer submitting the work and not any copyrighted material. No pre-produced clip-art files may be used. The design must be 100% originally produced by the student submitting the entry.

9. All files should be named with the designer’s last name and a file description. For example: “SmithBW.jpg” or “Smith-Spotcolor.eps.”

10. Include the following information in the text of the email submission:

  • Your name
  • Your school name
  • The media group you represent (audio, video, multimedia)
  • Your contact mailing address
  • Your contact email address
  • Your faculty or staff adviser’s name, phone number and email address

11. Send all submissions to CBI Treasurer Lisa Marshall at All submissions must include a compressed file zipped folder or a link to a Dropbox ( shared folder containing all four designs and the “graphic and text standards” document. All required files must be in the email, the zipped folder or the dropbox folder to be eligible.

12. Incomplete submissions will not be eligible for the logo contest.

13. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. All timely received submissions will be acknowledged via email return receipt.

13. Winner will be announced by Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.

14. The winning logo will automatically become property of CBI for organizational use. CBI reserves the right to alter, at its discretion, any part of the designs.

15. Visit the CBI website,, for more information about CBI’s conferences.



By | September 4th, 2013|Conferences, Contests|Comments Off on Student Designers: Help us show off Seattle!

Hello Seattle! CBI will see you in 2014!

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is proud to announce that the 3rd annual National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Oct. 23-25, 2014. The NSEMC is America’s only convention dedicated exclusively to the interests of student TV/ video outlets, radio stations, and webcasters.
The convention will feature three days of interactive sessions led by broadcast professionals, students, and student media advisers, capped off with a keynote speaker and the presentation of the National Student Production Awards at a special ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 25. Sessions will focus on a variety of aspects of radio, video, and new media. Also built into the schedule are ample opportunities for students and advisers to network, socialize and benchmark their operations.
“CBI is thrilled to be able to hold our 2014 convention in Seattle,” says CBI Executive Director Will Robedee. “Our members voted Seattle as their top choice for a convention site. It is a great media center and a great city.”
This year’s NSEMC will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2013. For information on registration, session proposals, or sponsorship opportunities for CBI in San Antonio, visit information on CBI and the National Student Electronic Media Convention can be found at

By | July 31st, 2013|About CBI, CBI News, Conferences|1 Comment