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March 27, 2014

Media Club gains insight with New York trip


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Students in Cowley College’s Media Club recently had an opportunity to immerse themselves into the culture of New York as they attended the College Media Association Conference March 12-15. The conference was held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

“I really enjoyed the conference in New York,” Brittany Collins, Editor-in-Chief for The Cowley Press said. “I know that what I learned from the sessions will benefit my work, but they were also very interesting.”

Along with the conference, Media Club members were able to hear from some of the nation’s foremost college-media experts and from national professionals in the media field. They also attended the “Today Show” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers”.

“Being there kind of peeled the curtain back a bit as to how those shows run so smoothly,” Media Club co-sponsor Meg Smith said.

The group also visited “Good Morning America”, CNN, and  the New York Times.

“Even without the conference there is so much media-related stuff to do in New York,” Smith said. “This was probably one of our best trips for a mix of culture and media exposure at the same time.”

Along with Smith, Adam Borth serves as a co-sponsor of the Media Club and accompanied the students on the trip.

“It was great for the students to be immersed in the cultural differences of a place like New York City, and it was also great for them to experience the number one media market in the nation,” Borth said. “I think the pace of life was truly eye-opening.”

Along with attending several workshop sessions, the student newspaper, “The Cowley Press”, had the opportunity to be critiqued.

The students also had a chance to hear from conference keynote speaker Scott Pelley, who is anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and a correspondent for 60 Minutes.

“I don’t think there is a better place to hold a media conference than New York, everywhere I went I was experiencing something for the first time,” Collins said. “I had so many opportunities outside of the conference including touring a television network and watching the production of some of my favorite shows.”

Borth felt the students gained valuable insight on the trip.

“The conference was a great networking opportunity and helped spark some new ideas and enthusiasm in many of the students,” Borth said. “It is great to see them incorporate what they learned at the media convention into their everyday media work.”

Media Club members that took part in the trip were, Brittany Collins, Trevor Reichle, Wendy Brigido, Minelli Valencia, Avery Osen, Alecia Henson, Ariel Wilcox, Autumn Mumford, Alison Jamerson, Ian Smith, Emily Barnes, Ron Slaton, and Tori Addis.

Addis won an honorable mention for her photograph representing a Day in the Life in New York, the Shoot Out competition featured submissions from over 40 students attending the conference from all over the United States. Each student was tasked with capturing the New York lifestyle in one image over the course of the 4-day event.

“I only submitted one photo; I was like ‘this is the one.,” Addis said.

The image was taken on the subway, one of many new experiences for Addis whose trip to New York was her first time flying.