Media studies students from FHSU attend broadcasting convention in Los Angeles

Seven information networking and telecommunications (INT) students from Fort Hays State University attended the annual National Broadcasting Society convention Los Angeles, CA, from March 8-11.

Students attending were Jason Adkins, 637 E. Eighth, Hutchinson, junior; Nolan Banks, 117 S. Parkridge, Wichita, senior; Robby DuBroc, Overland Park sophomore; Taryn Everhart, Dodge City senior; Casey McAvoy, Offerle senior; Kolissa McVay, Plains senior; and Sara Schwantes, Lindsborg senior.

Students had the opportunity to meet with media professionals in the Los Angeles media market and discuss various industry topics, including challenges facing broadcast journalism; online options in Web design; animation, special effects; the future of digital production; television programming in a changing world; producing music videos; broadcast and satellite radio programming and management; game shows and unscripted programming; producing small budget film and videos; and broadcast sales and marketing.

A "Career Focus" roundtable included representatives from E! Entertainment, Telemundo, and numerous Los Angeles radio/TV stations and film production houses. The students also attended demonstration workshops of new digital audio and video software.

Featured speakers included John Miller, the former vice president of MTV; Stephen Schifrin, vice-president of CBS Television; Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, former political appointee in the Clinton White House, a current political consultant in Washington, DC, and former contestant on the NBC television show "The Apprentice;" and Marc Summers, host of Food Network's "Unwrapped."

The group also took in the sights of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a tour of Universal Studios and sets from the soon-to-be-released Steven Spielberg film "War of the Worlds," featuring Tom Cruise.

The National Broadcasting Society is an organization created for students and professionals pursuing a career within the electronic media field. The purpose of the National Broadcasting Society is to help collegiate electronic media students make the transition to the professional world. NBS and Alpha Epsilon Rho enhance the development of students and early professionals on a chapter, district, regional and national level.

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