Bill Gruber, partner in BizVid Communications, recently returned from Orlando, Florida where he was a volunteer at the Student Television Network Affiliate Convention. The convention is an assemblage of middle and high school students from around the nation, from schools with film and broadcasting programs.
This year’s theme, “U CRE8 THE MSG” brought outstanding training by industry professionals, dynamic national contests, and many opportunities for students and teachers to network with their peers and celebrate their passion for production.
During the three day event, the kids are challenged in a variety of ways. There are numerous contests such as “Live Reporting” where they have 45-minutes to write and produce a story; “Documentary” to be written and produced in 10-hours and “Music Video” which is an 8-hour exercise…to name a few. There are enrichment sessions like “Anchor Tips;” “Auditions: Getting it Right” and “Copyright Law for Student Media” to name a few. And this year’s keynote speaker was Natali Del Conte Morris a host on CNET-TV and a contributor to CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.