ABC 7 news anchor Marc Brown was the keynote speaker of Communications Day last Friday. Communications Day provides local high school and community college students an opportunity to visit the Communications Department at the University of La Verne. Students attended informative workshops in the areas of journalism, multi-media, photography, radio and television.
High school students from 27 schools, some as far as the Bakersfield area, gathered to take part in Communications Day on Friday.
This annual event allowed students who are interested in pursuing a career in communications to learn and experience what the University of La Verne has to offer.
The day started early with registration opening at 8 a.m. in front of the Arts and Communications building. A row of tables to the left of the building were positioned each showing one of four parts to the registration process.
Each student signed in by school name, received a bag and filled out an admissions card.
Once the card was filled out and they had nametags, the students were able to register for two workshops of their choice.
“My students did the radio and TV broadcast workshops,” said Marguerita Drew, newspaper adviser for Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel.
Most workshops were offered for both sessions. Each workshop was lead by either a professor from the communications department or by a guest to the department.
A workshop was available for radio production, television news producing, resumé writing, feature lead writing, photojournalism, newspaper advertising, sports reporting, ethics and big story coverage.
In addition to workshops for students, a workshop was available for advisers as well.
The radio workshop allowed participants to be involved in recording a promotional announcement and showed what is involved in being on air by a student on-air personality.
The television news workshop allowed students to participate in a news broadcasts show.
The resumé writing workshop, only offered during the first session, gave students the dos and don’ts when writing a resumé.
The feature lead writing workshop, offered during the second session only, exposed students to the many forms of feature leads and when to use them.
The big story workshop introduced students to different reporting approaches to covering major news in student newspapers.
The advertising workshop was hands-on in teaching advertising design.
The sports reporting workshop introduced students to sports coverage.
The ethics workshop discussed how news managers approach ethical decisions.
“I didn’t know about the school,” Alice Okumura, from Gabrielino High School, said. “After seeing how (current students) chose it and why, I might apply now.”
After the two sessions, the students were escorted to Dailey Theater for the highlight of the day: A speech by Mark Brown from ABC7 “Eyewitness News” in Los Angeles.
The theater was almost filled with high school students, professors from the workshops and Communications Day volunteers. President Stephen Morgan introduced Brown.
Brown spoke on his experience traveling to northern Nigeria while in search of locating his tribe.
After, he engaged the audience while talking about the anchor experience. Brown included advice and reflected on his experiences.
He later opened the floor to questions from the audience. Different topics were raised from advice over covering disasters to using online resources on-air to judging whether or not majoring in journalism is necessary.
After the keynote speaker, lunch was provided in Sneaky Park.
During lunch, Mike Laponis, professor of communications, raffled off tickets to the haunted vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga.
“It’s really exciting but I’m kind of scared,” said Lysee Mitri, a Covina High School senior who was one of the winners. “They say it’s scarier than Knott’s.”
After lunch, interested students were led back to the communications building to view the news broadcasts that students had earlier recorded in the workshops. Students were also able to have tours of the communications department.
“We got a flyer at school and if we keep getting them, we will come back,” Drew said.
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