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Convergence is the word at Region 7 conference

 

Convergence journalists at JCCC

Student backpack journalists at JCCC prepare to cover the day’s events at the Region 7 Spring Conference.

For three years, Johnson County Community College asked to host the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7 Spring Conference, and when the moment arrived the 20,000-student campus in Overland Park, Kansas, delivered a grand performance.

JCCC is among the leading higher education institutions in the region on convergence journalism. The school placed its print, TV, and radio journalism components under one roof in 2012, and has used the word “convergence” in almost every discussion about media since. Consequently, convergence dominated the day.

Among the highlights, co-organizer Molly Baumgardner, JCCC’s journalism coordinator, started off with a presentation on good taste in journalism, explaining how the Seven Deadly Sins can kill a career before it starts. Sara Smith of The Kansas City Star reinforced the need for the three R’s — research, research, and more research — in writing entertainment reviews. And Maj. Bill Hisle of the Shawnee (Kan.) Police Department revealed the secret to dealing with public information officers.

Johnson County Community College is just a few blocks from the site of the 2011 Region 7 Spring Conference in Overland Park, Kansas.

Johnson County Community College is just a few blocks from the site of the 2011 Region 7 Spring Conference in Overland Park, Kansas. (David Sheets)

Other presenters included Mary Schulte, a photo editor at The Star, and Susan McSpadden, chief photographer for JCCC’s media relations department, explaining how wordsmiths can acquire the wisdom to become visual storytellers; and former Wichita Star reporters Dan Close and Laura Kelly recounting how the BTK serial killings changed their lives and their approach to journalism.

Maria Antonia, communications director for the Kansas City-based Bishop Sullivan Center and before that a veteran TV reporter and anchor in Kansas City, gave the keynote address ahead of the Mark of Excellence Awards banquet, which was catered by JCCC culinary arts students.

JCCC backpack journalists rushed from one event to the next to cover the conference for class projects. Their reports were posted by day’s end on YouTube.

The 2015 Region 7 Spring Conference is tentatively scheduled for Omaha, Nebraska, next spring.

 

 

 

 

Kansas’ student TV, newspaper now under one manager

University of Kansas logoFor the first time since their operations were consolidated, the student-run TV station and newspaper at the University of Kansas will have one manager.

Brett Akagi, a former assistant news director at KSHB-TV in Kansas City, Mo., fills a new role created by the merger of two positions: station general manager and newspaper faculty adviser, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

The move advances the School of Journalism’s effort to create a single multimedia newsroom. That effort began in 2010, when the station, KUJH, and newspaper, the Daily Kansan, came under one roof.

The Daily Kansan’s previous adviser, Malcolm Gibson, did not have a supervisory role with the station. Gibson retired this spring after teaching at KU for 17 years.

Ann Brill, dean of journalism, told the Journal-World that the consolidation addresses market and budgetary considerations. These days, journalists are expected to be proficient with more than one media platform, as they often report for print and digital at the same time.

Akagi’s title is media director and content strategist, according to his LinkedIn page. Before landing at KSHB, he was senior video producer at the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis and taught print journalists there how to convert their stories to multimedia.

At KU, Akagi must balance control with oversight. KUJH is funded by the university. The Daily Kansan, meanwhile, is able to pay student workers and allows more editorial autonomy in the students’ hands than the station does. So, while Akagi may have the last word at KUJH, he only advises the Daily Kansan staff.

Trevor Graff, editor-in-chief of the Daily Kansan this fall, told the Journal-World he and Akagi already have discussed ways the two operations can work closer together on reporting projects. Although occupying the same building, KUJH and the Daily Kansan have separate work spaces.

 

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