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UVM front and center at summer’s largest college student media event

July 12, 2019


UVM Student Media took center stage in Minneapolis this week at the College Media Mega-Workshop, the summer’s largest gathering of college media students in the country.



UVM media adviser Chris Evans, who helped to produce the event as president of College Media Association—one of four college media organizations sponsoring the event—taught about 50 collegiate journalists the ins and outs of reporting and storytelling.

“So much of what I’m able to teach at these national events comes from what I’ve learned about student media at the University of Vermont,” Evans said. “This is a good chance to pay it forward.”

CMA produced the event with Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Business and Advertising Managers and Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc., Evans said.



His co-presenter, Theta Pavis—CMA vice president and student media adviser at New Jersey City University—said the goal was to ground students in a variety of forms of storytelling.

“We’re not talking just about writing,” Pavis said. “This is photo, social, even a bit of video. Today’s journalist needs all of the above in the toolkit.”

Caleigh Knight, a sports writer from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, said she learned a great deal during photo training on the second day of the workshop.

She said she learned that, in shooting photos, it was important to get to the right angle for the shot.

“The weirder you look taking it, the better it works,” she said.

This is the fourth year that the four organizations have worked together to produce the workshop, which this summer brought more than 350 students to the University of Minnesota for four days of intensive training.

IMG_5556Workshops included sessions on student leadership, college radio, ad sales, photography, diversity in the media, self-care for journalists and more, Evans said.

“This event is getting bigger and better every year,” he said. “It’s an honor to be a part of it.”

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