30+ Journalists to Speak at 30th Anniversary College Media Conference

2016 College Media Conference logoDuring the milestone 30th annual College Media Conference, nationally-recognized journalists and experienced campus communications professionals will explore the impact and opportunities created by the upheaval in traditional media, fast-paced changes in new media, and turbulent climate on college campuses. Held June 27–29 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, the conference will explore the theme, “Mastering the Media Revolution.”
The event will enable participants to develop valuable media contacts and pitch stories directly to some of the nation’s top journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNBC, ABC News, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, Hechinger Report, Science, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Baltimore Sun, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, and more. This is the only conference for college and university communications professionals that features such a broad array of experienced journalists.
Throughout the three-day conference, participants will have multiple opportunities to meet with reporters, editors, and producers who will participate in panel discussions about their coverage interests and priorities and about how colleges and universities can interact most effectively with them.
Every year, participants succeed in placing stories about their institutions with major media outlets. Past participant Jeff Wakefield of the University of Vermont said, “This was another great conference; I made a lot of good contacts and even sold a few stories. It was especially good to connect with Tim Appenzeller, the news editor at Science. I pitched him a story, and it appeared in Science last week.” (Appenzeller will speak again during this summer’s conference.) Philip Poole of Samford University (AL) said, “I’ve attended lots of professional development events over my career, and this ranks at the top of the list.”
Minerva Baumann of New Mexico State University, remarked, “The caliber and candidness of journalists who took the time to take our pitches and give us their advice during roundtable discussions were stellar. It’s the kind of one-on-one access most of us might never get without a conference like this one.” Most past conference participants have ranked networking with colleagues as a major benefit of the meeting.
Campus PR professionals are encouraged to register now for cost savings and to secure a hotel room at the special conference rate. The conference registration fee is a bargain compared to most other conferences for college and communications professionals. The early-bird registration deadline is May 27. For more information and to register, visit www.CollegeMediaConference.org.
CIC co-hosts the conference with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Sponsors include the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dick Jones Communications, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, ExpertFile, Gehrung Associates, Inside Higher Ed, Meltwater, and mStoner, Inc.


Here are four of the more than 30 speakers scheduled to speak at the 2016 College Media Conference:
Grant headshotKelli Grant covers personal finance and consumer spending for CNBC.com. Previously, she was the senior consumer reporter for MarketWatch. com and SmartMoney.com. Grant’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, SmartMoney, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and Family Circle, among other publications.

Hartocollis headshotAnemona Hartocollis covers higher education for the national desk of the New York Times. Before joining the Times in 1997, Hartocollis was a reporter and feature writer for the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Detroit News.

Joyce headshotChristopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at National Public Radio. His stories can be heard on all of NPR’s news programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Before joining NPR in 1993, Joyce worked for ten years as the U.S. correspondent and editor for the British weekly magazine New Scientist.

Lorenz headshotChad Lorenz is news editor at Slate. A Washington, DC, resident, he previously worked at Washingtonian magazine and the Washington Post. He is a graduate of University of Nebraska’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication.