Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

Cedar Crest Students Broaden Their Experiences Through
Workshops, Tours and Keynote Speakers

Allentown, PA (March 18, 2004) - A group of 12 students from Cedar Crest College will be among more than 1,200 college journalists and student media advisers attending the Spring National College Media Convention March 18-20, 2004 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Sponsored by College Media Advisers, the convention is the largest spring meeting for college journalists in the world.

Students will be able to select from more than 200 educational programs, including keynote addresses, breakout sessions, discussions, critiques and media tours during the three-day event. This year's keynote speakers include Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman and Publisher of "The New York Times" and Ron Hutcheson, Senior White House Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. In addition to programs that will be relevant to all media, there will be a significant number of sessions that will focus on one medium, including newspaper, magazine, yearbook, radio and television broadcast and web-based media. Students will listen to journalism educators and media professionals deliver presentations on topics such at advertising and marketing, ethics and media law, censorship and technology.

"Our students are exceptionally excited to share recent issues of their student newspaper, 'The Crestiad,'" says Elizabeth Ortiz, Communication Instructor. Ortiz, who works closely with students as the adviser to the student newspaper, sees the convention as an opportunity for Cedar Crest to compare their newspaper with college newspapers from other schools. "The students are very proud of their work, and the convention will expose them to new ideas so that they can decide if they want to adopt changes or keep things the same."

In the evenings, convention attendees have the opportunity to explore New York City through organized media tours. Students will see the inner-workings and the behind-the scenes action as they visit such media landmarks as "The New York Times," the Associated Press, NBC, MTV, the Good Morning America and ESPN studios.

"I'm sure students will come away from this experience with a new appreciation for college media," says Ortiz. "There is a power in working for a student newspaper. "The Crestiad" has been published since 1923 and these students have the opportunity to be part of that history."

For more information or to set up an interview with Elizabeth Ortiz, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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