Media in Atlanta

Posted On November 29, 2016
Categories News 2016

Georgia State Students & Staff Learn & Talk Media in Atlanta
Trending on the week of October 26-30? #CMAATL16.

The College Media Association convention hashtag brought hundreds of media students together online as they roamed the halls and meeting rooms of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Keeping up with convention news on Twitter was just part of the excitement as Georgia State University students, faculty and staff welcomed more than 500 College Media Association students (in addition to advisers and professors) from all over the country. Programs spotlighted local media professionals, dozens of university students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Georgia State’s assistant director for Student Media, Bryce McNeil, and Perimeter student media advisor, Alice Murray, were instrumental in programming the conference. More than 50 Georgia State students attended the conference alongside students from as far away as California, Connecticut, Idaho, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Washington. This included volunteers for all six of the Student Media groups.

CMA gave me the opportunity to learn more about the advertising side of our newspaper. I found more options to offer our clients.

~ Troi Charity, The Signal Editor-in-Chief

Together, they learned from print, radio and television professionals, New York Times bestselling authors and an executive producer of The Walking Dead — who also happens to be a Georgia State graduate. Tom Luse (B.A. ’74, M.S. ’81) is an executive producer of The Walking Dead and was one of three nationally known film professionals featured in one of the convention’s keynote sessions. The program, “An Industry Comes Alive with The Walking Dead,” enthralled students with updates on career opportunities in Georgia’s thriving film industry.

With four keynote addresses and almost 200 breakout sessions over five days, convention programming covered topics from using data to tell a story to hands-on training in the software skills needed to be a video editor.

I have been to several different journalism events and conferences, and none had been as tailored to so many different people as this years CMA. There was something to go to every day that added genuine value to my education.

~ Joey Redman, GSTV General Manager

Staff members from CNN, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), Fox 5 Atlanta, 11Alive, CBS46, WSB-TV, Paste magazine, Turner Studios and weather.com were among 100 local professionals leading sessions. They were joined by Georgia State staffers like Tim Merritt, who taught sessions on the software programs Adobe Photoshop and Audacity as well as sessions on How to Make Your iPhone Your Best Camera and Thrifty Media Tips.

Perimeter College photographer Bill Roa led a session on ethics in photojournalism, while Susan Gast discussed how she incorporates her experience as a print journalist into her current work in the university’s Public Relations and Marketing Communications Department.

It’s awesome inspiring young journalists. Thanks (CMA) for putting on such an awesome conference.

~ Bill Roa, Georgia State Photographer

Other highlights of CMAATL16 included:

  • CNN trainer, Gregg Stickels, taught students the basics of Adobe Premiere, the key software program currently used by video editing professionals.
  • AJC managing editor, Bert Roughton, and reporter, Richard Halicks, talked about the podcast project Breakdown and explained how students can create good episodic journalism.
  • CNN Producer, Jen Christensen, moderated a keynote on the Lessons from Orlando: Staying Sane and Staying Yourself While Reporting Horror.
  • Atlanta television anchors Brenda Wood of 11Alive, Cynne Simpson of Fox 5 and Jovita Moore of WSB-TV revealed what goes on From the Anchor’s Chair in a Top 10 media market.

I loved being part of the College Media Association convention event on race and the media. (CMA was) a pleasure to work with — well done!

~ Hank Klibanoff, Pulitzer Prize winner and director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Case project