THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ASPIRING JOURNALIST
By QUYEN CHUNG
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio-Television
Directors Association (RTNDA) joined for one convention for
the first time
a first time participant, it was overwhelming. The NAB Convention
is the worlds largest media show and the RTNDA gave
aspiring journalists the opportunity to meet hundreds of news
directors at one place. Combine the two and Las Vegas had
someone from the broadcast industry at every corner.
Participants attended career fair, exhibit halls and seminars.
Although the NAB and RTNDA were at the same place and time,
they required separate tickets for their events.
RTNDA@NAB Career Fair, free event students should not miss.
This was an opportunity for students to learn about developing
open positions at different networks. Participants made contacts
recruiters, giving them links to opportunities in the future.
Students planning to attend next years RTNDA@NAB Career
Fair should BE
PREPARED! Students serious about making an impression showed
professional business suits with business cards, resumes and
demo tapes on
NAB Exhibit Halls, wear comfortable shoes.
Passes to only the Exhibit Halls at the NAB Convention were
should check around campus, professors might have passes to
exhibits for free or know someone who does.
With approximately 1,400 exhibitors, the displays of broadcasting
and professional sale pitches were endless.
Vendors from around the world reserved spots at the exhibit
halls to display
their latest and greatest gadgets for the broadcasting industry.
Some vendors had elaborate set ups that included stages with
Participants had the chance to play with high tech camcorders,
equipment and special effects systems. Many vendors featured
would enhance production for use with HDTV. If there was anything
needed, it was available at the exhibit halls.
Seminar packages will set you back a few bucks.
NAB full conference registration packages cost up to $900
depending on date
of registration and membership status. RTNDA seminar packages
Seminars at both conventions steered towards professionals
already in the
industry. Several sessions may be helpful to students, such
as preparing for
contracts and writing development. Reception dinners and cocktail
were also events students benefited from if they paid for
Students interested in attending workshops should attend
events like the Associated Press Television-Radio Association
events are more focused on students. They are smaller and
students time to meet industry professionals on a personal
As aspiring journalists, it is essential to network with
in the industry by attending conventions and seminars. The
partnership was a huge success and coordinators are anxious
to make next
years convention better.
About the Author
Quyen Chung is a junior at Cal State Fullerton. She started
her broadcast journalism training in August 2001. She has
experience as a field reporter and show host. Quyen produces,
tapes and edits stories for campus events and all over Orange
County. She hopes to become a field reporter after graduation.
Her long-term goal is to host a television news magazine show
and produce special investigative projects. You can see samples
of her work at her website, http://www.qtcmedia.com.