Students Attend World's Largest Broadcasting Conference
Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo
Point TV: Channel 23 Marketing & Promotions Mgr.
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: December 16, 2010
Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo
PLNU Students Attend World’s Largest Broadcasting Conference
PLNU’s Communication and Theatre Department offers a variety of opportunities to its students every semester. This past spring, 2009, a group of media communication and broadcast journalism students travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and Broadcasting Education Association (BEA) conference. This is the largest annual broadcasting conference in the world, and includes 50,000 professionals, students, and faculty who go to learn, network, share ideas, and explore the latest technologies, techniques, and issues in TV, radio, and film.
“The BEA conference gives media leaders at PLNU the chance to see what's going on in the professional world of media,” said Sarah Willer, a senior broadcast journalism major.
For Willer the most important part of the trip is the opportunity to meet with professionals, get their opinion on the market and possibly make a connection. Katie Conner, a 2010 broadcast journalism graduate, met the contact that eventually landed her a reporter job at Channel 8 in Medford, OR.
“I want a job and the only way to get noticed in media is to go out and meet your future employers in person,” said Willer.
Not only do students head to BEA for networking opportunities, but they also go to discover the latest developments in the broadcast field and modern strategies for handling television news and the job market.
“It really helped me understand what will be expected of me next year as I start my job search,” said Andrea Adams, a senior broadcast journalism major. “I found out how to make my work present online and appealing to employers.”
For Adams, the career fair was the most beneficial part of the trip. Not only did she network with news directors and reporters, but she also got her resume critiqued.
“I learned that it would be very beneficial to have my own website with all my broadcast work on it,” said Adams. “That way, news directors can see my reel without my sending a DVD to them.”
Although broadcast journalism majors tend to head to the conference for networking opportunities, media communications and film studies majors go to check out the latest technology. Chris Alexander, a 2010 media communications graduate was excited to check out new equipment he had been researching.
“I was excited to see new equipment that I had been following via online
articles, and actually be able to touch it,” said Alexander. “I wanted to be able to have the equipment explained to me by working professionals.”
For Alexander, the highlight of his trip was the convention show. Here conference attendees are able to walk around and see demonstrations taking place.
“Just by talking to the 3D post production demonstrator that was there, I learned more about what it takes to shoot 3D and make it something that someone can watch without giving them a headache,” said Alexander.
This coming spring, the Point TV and KPLR radio student leaders (and TA’s) will be attending the 2011 conference being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on April 9-13.
Students interested in attending the conference can contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu or station manager Jessica Bobik at email@example.com.