Guest Post: #CMANYC15

Satara Dickey is the Frame Your Future Job Roundup blogger. Here, she shares her experiences at the recent College Media Association convention in New York City. She attended and presented a session on her role as future Editor-in-Chief of The Wood Word, Marywood’s student-run newspaper.

Last week, a few of The Wood Word staff members and I traveled to NYC to attend and present at the College Media Association (CMA) annual spring convention.

We arrived in NYC Wednesday around noon and shortly after that we hit the streets of New York. We had lunch at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where the waiters sing and dance all around the restaurant. It was a blast. After lunch we walked to Chelsea and got an incredible view of the city from the Highline.


The incredible view from the Chelsea Hihgline.

Thursday, however, was mostly business. At 9 a.m., my fellow Wood Word staffers, Kelsey Van Horn and Alex Weidner, along with our adviser, Dr. Lindsey Wotanis, presented a session called Story Crunch. This is a fun activity we do at our Spring and Fall retreats where students have one hour to quickly prepare a story that with a little polish could be published. Pat Kernan, another member of our staff, and I also participated in this challenge along with someone we met from a college newspaper in New Jersey. Our story was about the app Yik Yak and its news value. Overall, it was a great time and … we got Crunch bars.

Later that afternoon, Pat and I presented a session called “It Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely at the Top” along with Dr. Wotanis and Ann Williams. Our session was about the benefits of having two leaders as opposed to one at your college newspaper. Pat discussed a lot of the benefits and responsibilities of a Managing Editor since that is the position he will be taking during the 2015-2016 school year, while I discussed Editor-in-Chief since this is the position I will be taking over. The session was a huge success. We had a packed room and received very positive feedback from the attendees.

That night, we went to Carmine’s for a family-style dinner and concluded the night at Dave and Buster’s playing Mario Kart.

Alex beating me at Mario Kart while Kelsey watches!

Alex beating me at Mario Kart while Kelsey watches!

While Thursday was about presenting sessions, Friday was about attending them. I attended a few sessions on Friday but the one that I found most beneficial was about dealing with difficult administration at a private religious college. Two things that the speaker said during that conference really stuck with me:

  1. A great skills is developing your ability to work around limitations. When administrators won’t talk, find another way to get the information you need.
  2. Even though there might be stories you can’t write, there are no subjects you can’t cover.

We also went to two critiques, one for our website and one of our newspaper. At the critiques, a professional looks over your publications and gives you both praises for what you do well and tips on areas you can approve upon.

We concluded Friday night with pizza at John’s, where we met Marywood Comm Arts alum Chris Barrows, who is the Social Media Coordinator for NYU. Dinner was delicious and we received a lot of great advice and tips from Chris about working in the communication industry.

Group shot after dinner!

Group shot after dinner.

We concluded our trip to CMANYC by listening to the keynote speaker Vikram Gandhi from Vice share  the story of his personal career journey. He offered great advice to all aspiring journalists, filmmakers and anyone interested in entering the communication field.

Overall, my experience at CMA was amazing, filled with lots of laughs and also lots of learning. I’m excited to apply what I learned to The Wood Word and one day to the professional world.


Selfie at the CMA Selfie Spot!

FYF_Post_Page_Thumbnail-satara_dsc7522 Satara Dickey is a junior broadcast journalism major. When she’s not bringing you internships on FYF, she’s working as News Editor at The Wood Word. After graduation, Satara wants to write for a newspaper or magazine.

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