By Julia Laude
Groups from St. John Fisher College’s media and communication department traveled throughout New York state just before and during spring break to gain knowledge to better themselves and the department.
Professor Dr. Todd Sodano, Cardinal Media adviser Marie Villa and professor Arien Rozelle traveled with students on the various trips.
Joint Journalism and Communication Historians Conference
From left to right: (back) Todd Sodano, Ashley Brown, Katherine Lee, Doug Szczesny, Chris Genrich (front) Allen Thomas, Julia Stanchus, Laura Polisseni, Rob Sweet
Sodano began bringing students to the Joint Journalism and Communication Historians conference in New York City during his second year at St. John Fisher College in 2010. The trip originally was meant for students to record the conference for promotion. Students interviewed the organizers and participants as well as capturing video to create news packages.
However, this is the first year that the group didn’t participate in the conference. Feedback was given from previous students, saying that touring neighborhoods is a better idea. This way students can see potential housing if the opportunity for a job or internship were to happen. “Even if they have no desire to move there, [the trip helps] just to get an idea on what career opportunities that exist if you’re a media and communication major,” Sodano said.
As well as touring neighborhoods, the group visited film and television organizations and museums. Students attended tours of NBC studios, the Syfy Network, the Molecule, and the Museum of the Moving Image.
College Media Advisers National College Media Convention
When Villa began working at St. John Fisher College in 2012, she was was told that she could bring five students to the College Media Advisers National College Media convention.
This conference is a three day event during which students attend sessions to bring knowledge back to the Cardinal Courier. There are over 300 such programs that students can attend and they’re in class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. These classes discuss a variety of topics including newspapers, magazines, sports, photography, yearbooks and broadcasting.
Live tweeting is another aspect Villa wants students to do. With the growth of social media and technology it’s important to understand how content is formatted and shared. “I want them to see how important live tweeting is and I also want them to get the idea and show students what they are doing outside of school,” Villa said.
Marist College’s PRSSA Developing A Well Rounded Professional Conference
From left to right: (back) Evren Durmaz (front) Chloe Smith, Allie Guido, Arien Rozelle, Jake Allen, Sarah Fredendall, Morgen Irwin
This was Rozelle’s first time attending the Marist College’s PRSSA conference. She was excited to hear from all the panelists on this year’s theme of Developing A Well Rounded Professional, and to bring students to another school to meet their peers that are going to be going into the same industry.
“It’s an opportunity for students to hear panelists in the field of public relations, to meet other students interested in public relations, and meet other PRSSA groups, and other public relations firm groups,” Rozelle said.
Students participated in discussions with Marist college public relations professors and professionals in the field. The topics spoken about included sports, food, career and finding your niche.