Broadcasting Students Attend BEA Conference

WIU Broadcasting students attend the BCA Conference.

WIU Broadcasting students attend the BEA Conference in Las Vegas.

Sam Edsall, professor broadcasting, has just returned with 7 students from Las Vegas for their first BC 379 Study Abroad trip. Students participating were all broadcasting students: Jennifer Powelson, senior, Macomb; Dan Kruzel, junior, Glenview; John Mullin, freshman, Geneseo; Nick Sintich, senior, Des Plaines; Sarah Jennings, senior, Burlington, IA; Kelsey McKenna, senior, Springfield; Adam Bachleda, senior, Marengo.

The course allowed the students to participate in the the Broadcast Education Association conference held at the Las Vegas Hotel Convention Center in LasVegas, NV. WIU students were able to talk with experts in the field, watch award-winning productions, and meet broadcasting students and professors from other universities. They also attended the BEA Job Fair where over 30 media outlets actively recruit broadcasting students.

Besides that, they were also able to attend the National Association of Broadcasters convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The large exhibition hall is filled with vendors in the broadcasting industry including Sony, Panasonic, Avid, Grass Valley, Cannon, JVC and 100’s more. They could learn tips and tricks in audio and video editing and post production. Some of the students also joined Edsall for two special events: the Media Motion Ball and the Creative Pro Users Group SuperMeet with representatives from Apple and other Final Cut Pro users.

This course offered our students a ‘real world’ broadcasting experience outside the confines of our department. The BEA sessions taught them new techniques and technologies. They saw award-winning audio, video, online and multimedia productions from other broadcasting students and faculty. They experienced the latest hardware and software in television and radio production with opportunities to try out the new gear. All these things certainly revealed to them what the broadcasting business is really about and what is expected from them.

And like all good broadcasting students, they did podcast of the conference and you can find them here.

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