Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Cedar Crest Students to Learn from the Experts at Three-Day Convention

Allentown, PA (March 10, 2005) - A group of seventeen students from Cedar Crest College will be among more than 1,200 college journalists and student media advisors attending the Spring National College Media Convention from March 17-19, 2005 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Sponsored by College Media Advisors, 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 Gail Collins, editorial page editor at The New York Times and Mark Riley and Marc Marron, co-hosts of Air America’s talk show, “Morning Sedition.” Students will also have the chance to sit down one-on-one with the convention’s Editor-in-Residence, Bill Elsen, former editor of The Washington Post.

“There is a lot of excitement for the convention from students who attended last year and utilized what they learned to make some very positive changes to The Crestiad, the campus newspaper,” says Elizabeth Ortiz, communication instructor and advisor to The Crestiad. “The students on staff come from a variety of majors and, with the multitude of topics to choose from - like advertising, ethics, media law and technology - students really have the opportunity to mold their own conference and come back with a host of new ideas.”

In addition to programs that are 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 also have the opportunity to attend organized media tours of some of the most recognizable media institutions in the U.S. including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and the New York Post, where they will experience the inner workings of the media outlets first-hand.

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



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