About the Conference

The College Media Conference helps campus communications professionals develop techniques that work, prepare media materials that produce results, and make contacts with some of the nation’s top reporters, editors, producers, bloggers, and digital media experts. It also features presentations and panel discussions with experienced college and university public relations professionals who will share best practices and new ideas.

Participants will learn first-hand from representatives of major news
organizations how to:
  • Approach key reporters who cover higher education and related topics for national and regional newspapers, network television, web publications and blogs, news services, and magazines;
  • Create and pitch story ideas to editors and freelancers;
  • Work with radio and television producers; and
  • Use new media to make the case for their institutions.
Many speakers are already confirmed; please check regularly for updates.

Who Should Attend

With a focus on both traditional and social media across numerous platforms, the conference is designed for campus communications officers and specialists, public and media relations vice presidents, chief communications officers, directors and managers, writers, associate and assistant deans for external relations, and other interested administrators from all colleges, universities, and educational associations.

(Note: Individuals from companies are invited as sponsors but may not register as a participant. Contact Judy Phair at jphair@cic.nche.edu for information about sponsoring the conference.)

Conference Location: Washington, DC

The 2015 College Media Conference will take place in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton Hotel, just two blocks from the White House. It is within walking distance of the National Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and the U.S. Capitol. Before or after the conference, participants also can tour Georgetown and visit the Smithsonian and other fine museums and galleries, restaurants, theaters, and entertainment venues.