Student Media Director Pat Thompson and five SMC student managers attended the National College Media Convention in Chicago from Oct. 31-Nov. 4. The conference was jammed with an incredible array of workshops for students and advisers on topics including dealing with deadlines, photography, writing, student media law and ethics, advertising sales, design, engaging your community, sports journalism, yearbook leadership, Internet radio, photo illustrations, video production, building readership, coping with limited resources, covering elections, reporting high-profile scandals, radio relevance, and so much more. More than 2,500 people attended this year’s convention. Hour-long workshops began at 9 each day and ended at 5, with a selection of at least a dozen workshops each hour to choose from. The group also accepted the award for the 2011 The Ole Miss annual, a finalist in the national Yearbook Pacemaker contest. The 2011 yearbook was produced by recent graduate Alex McDaniel and her staff.
Pictured are NewsWatch Manager Stewart Pirani, Daily Mississippian Editor in Chief Emily Roland, Thompson, Yearbook Editor in Chief Elizabeth Beaver, Radio Station Manager Lindsey Malley and Advertising Sales Manager LeAnna Young standing in front of the Chicago Tribune/WGN radio building near the convention hotel. They are returning to campus full of ideas and inspiration.