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Constitution Day, Sept. 17, 2010

In observance of Constitution Day Sept. 17, N.C. State chapter members painted the wall outside the Free Expression Tunnel. The group gathered about 10 p.m. Sept. 16 to remind the campus comminity of their First Amendment rights. Chapter president May Chung, Vice President Meredith Faggart, members Jeniece Jamison and Joanna

Banegas were in attendance. The group

also handed out candy and Constitution facts in the Brickyard throughout the week.

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Fall 2010 New Members Accepted

The chapter accepted four new members

Aug. 27:

Joanna Banegas,

Technician senior staff writer

Nathan Hardin, Technician news editor

Michael Jones, WKNC DJ

Kate Shefte, Agromeck copy editor

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The 2010 National Biennial Convention – N.C. State University

This weekend marked the 2010 National Biennial Convention hosted this year at N.C. State University. As a newly inducted member into the Society of Collegiate Journalists, I was quite surprised in the level of organization, panel content, as well as participation from schools across the southern states at our host convention. On Friday afternoon, members from the various chapters were welcomed into Witherspoon Student Center for light refreshements. Students from Carson Newman College, Virginia Wesleyan, Mercer University, Hampton Sydney, Youngstown State, and Valdosta State at first mingled awkwardly, much like shy students at a middle school dance. However by dinnertime, friendships were already being made. Guests enjoyed some of the nightlife in Raleigh as this year’s convention coincided with Raleigh’s March First Friday.

Saturday morning set a strong and positive tone for the remainder of the convention with inspirational talks from both Michael Biesecker, capitol reporter for Raleigh’s The News & Observer, and Frank LoMonte, director at the Student Press Law Center.  Biesecker focused his speech on the importance of journalism, specifically directing our attention to the first amendment. Through his experience as a longtime journalist, he emphasized journalism’s role as the watchdogs of government. Afterwards, LoMonte spoke about journalism’s importance within the university setting. It was hard not to feel empowered as a student journalist, especially when he referred to us as the “present of journalism.” As LoMonte pointed out, the future signifies that our work in the “real world” has yet to be done. However, in light of the poor economy and laying off of countless professional journalists, many people in the community now turn to students to receive information and news.

The morning progressed with two large break out sessions. The first was an information session regarding the law of online publishing led by Frank LoMonte. I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel discussion involving the development of a public affairs show. The panelists included Saja Hindi, public affairs director for WKNC 88.1FM‘s Eye on the Triangle, Mike Alston, WKNC’s general manager, Jamie Lynn Gilbert, the station advisor, and Frank Stasio, host of WUNC‘s The State of Things. The panel discussion questions ranged with various topics such as the process for developing stories to marketing and engaging in audiences who are familiar with visual media. It should also be noted that Frank Stasio openly admitted to putting WKNC 88.1FM as his favorite radio station.

After a short lunch, students and advisors sat in on the afternoon break out sessions including a panel discussion about the use of new media. The round-table panelists included Mike Alston, John Clark, general manager for WRAL.com, Paul Jones, a journalism professor at UNC-Chapel Hill,  Tyler Dukes, web producer at News 14 Carolina, and Fred Eaker, systems administrator for N.C. State Student Media. During this session, I was attending Frank LoMonte’s conversation about the freedom of information. During the hour discussion, LoMonte touched on the Open Records law and invited students to share their experiences in which their university had withheld information. Susannah Brinkley, N.C. State’s SCJ President, touched

briefly on the recent scandal involving former NC governor Mike Easely and his personal email account.

Sunday morning closed this year’s convention with a series of awards presented and committee proposals. N.C. State was honored to have Martha Collins, the university chapter advisor, receive the advisor of the year award.

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SCJ National Convention

The NCSU Chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists will host the the SCJ National Convention on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, from March 5 to March 7, 2010. Click here for a map. Download and print the registration form.

Other Info:Hotel Accommodations; Directions to Witherspoon Student Center

The Changing Face of Media

Day 1 – Friday, March 5, 2010

4:00 pm
Witherspoon Student Center, 3rd floor lobby
Registration check-in, meet & greet and reception

5:30 pm

Witherspoon Student Center, room 201
Opening sessions, welcoming remarks, introductions
Delegate Meeting I

After the opening session, explore Raleigh”s restaurants and nightlife during First Friday.

Day 2 – Saturday, March 6, 2010

8:30 am
Witherspoon, room 126
Mingle time, light breakfast and refreshments will be served.

9:30 am
Witherspoon, room 126
Why Journalism is Important
Opening remarks by Michael Biesecker, capitol reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer

9:45 am
Witherspoon, room 126
Keynote
Frank LoMonte, director of the Student Press Law Center

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am
Break-out Sessions

11:30 am
Witherspoon, room 126
Lunch (provided)

12:30 pm
Delegate Meeting II

1:30 pm
Break-out Sessions

3:00 pm
Tour NCSU Student Media and the Witherspoon Student Center. Possible local media tour(s)

7:30 pm
Dinner together, location TBD

Day 3, Sunday March 7, 2010

8:30 am – noon
Delegate Meeting III, elections and awards (light breakfast, refreshments provided)

Speaker Biographies

News & Observer

Michael Biesecker, capitol reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer

Michael Biesecker was part of a team of reporters that in 2008 examined North Carolina’s failed effort to reform its mental health system, exposing more than $400 million in waste, 82 questionable deaths in state psychiatric hospitals and rampant patient neglect and abuse. His work has been honored with numerous journalism awards and he is a four-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. A Lexington native, Biesecker is a graduate of North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University.
Frank LoMonte, Director of the Student Press Law Center

Frank LoMonte, director, Student Press Law Center

Frank LoMonte joined the Student Press Law Center after practicing with the Atlanta-based law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist in state Capitol bureaus in Florida and Georgia and in Washington, D.C., with the Morris newspaper chain. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review.

Paul Jones, Professor in the School of Information and Library Science, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC.

Paul Jones, professor, UNC-Chapel Hill Schools of Information and Library Science, Journalism and Mass Communication

Paul Jones is a 1972 graduate of NCSU, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and Warren Wilson College, where he earned a master’s degree in fine arts. For the past 30 years, he has worked and taught at UNC-Chapel Hill in the School of Information and Library Science, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and in the various incarnations of what is now Information Technology Services. For a good part of that time, he has developed ibiblio.org, the People’s Digital Library and Archives a very large and very active contributor-run library dedicated to open source and open information.

Frank Stasio, host of WUNC 91.5 FM‘s The State of Things

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station’s News Director.

From there he went to National Public Radio, where he rose from associate producer to newscaster for All Things Considered. He left that job in 1990 to help start an alternative school in Washington, DC. Frank returned to NPR as a freelance news anchor, guest host of Talk of The Nation and other national programs, and host of special news coverage.

He also presents audio theater workshops for children and teachers and conducts radio journalism workshops for broadcasters in former Soviet-bloc countries. He lives in Durham.

John Clark, general manager, WRAL.com

John Clark is the general manager of WRAL.com – a part of Capitol Broadcasting Company‘s New Media Division. Previously, John was the director of technology for CBC New Media, and in 2006, led the organization and execution effort to rebuild WRAL.com. Since joining Capitol Broadcasting Company in 1998, John has also served as a computer programmer and online news producer.

John has a passion for education and is currently serving a third term on the North Carolina State University Student Media Advisory Board. He was also as an adjunct professor of mass communication

at Campbell University from 1999-2005.

John is a native of Townsville, N.C., and earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Campbell University in 1998 as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business in 2008. He resides in Angier, N.C. with his wife, Candice, and two children, Ethan and Lila.

Jamie Gilbert, assistant coordinator, NCSU Student Media; station adviser, WKNC 88.1 FM; secretary, College Broadcasters, Inc.

Jamie has nearly 13 years of experience in commercial and non-commercial radio operations. She spent five years as a public radio producer and jazz music director at CMU Public Radio before coming to N.C. State. During her time at CMU Public Radio, she earned two Broadcast Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. She also taught introductory media and public speaking at Saginaw Valley State University.

Jamie has presented research on non-commercial radio and broadcast law and policy issues at the College Media Advisers, Broadcast Education Association and National Communication Association annual conventions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism,  telecommunications and film from Eastern Michigan University and a masters’ in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University.

Mike Alston, general manager, WKNC 88.1 FM

Mike Alston is a senior in civil engineering with a minor in business administration. He has been general manager of NC State’s student-run radio station, WKNC, since April 1, 2009. He will be teaching math to middle and high schoolers through Teach for America in Oakland, CA, upon graduation.

Saja Hindi, public affairs director, WKNC 88.1 FM and editor emeritus, Technician

Saja Hindi is a senior in English — Language, Writing and Rhetoric with an emphasis in journalism, and political science. She started working for Student Media in her freshman year and was editor-in-chief of Technician for the 2008-2009 academic year. She then interned for the StarNews in Wilmington, N.C. She is now serving as public affairs director for WKNC and helped establish the new public affairs show on WKNC, “Eye on the Triangle.” She hopes to go into political journalism after graduation, whether it’s online media or broadcast.

Tyler Dukes, Web producer, News 14 Carolina and editor emeritus, Technician

Tyler Dukes began as an electrical engineering major at N.C. State University before realising that he would “make either a lousy engineer or a good journalist.” Tyler became Technician‘s editor-in-chief in 2006 and then worked as a copy editing intern for The Wall Street Journal through the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund during the summer of 2007.

After returning, Tyler worked for a year as the Technician’s science & tech editor, applying the technical knowledge he acquired during two-and-a-half years in an engineering curriculum to break down complex research news and highlight science topics. He is now a Web producer for News 14 Carolina, managing statewide content for the collective Web site of all four News 14 channels in North Carolina and writes as a freelance reporter specializing in multimedia stories about science and technology.

Fred Eaker, systems administrator, NCSU Student Media

Fred has been the systems adminsitrator for NCSU Student Media since August 2008. During that time he has helped students increase their online presence through blogs, podcasts and social media.

In 2001, Fred received a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Operations Management from UNC-Greensboro‘s Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Kieran Moreira, promotions director, WKNC 88.1 FM

Kieran Moreira is a senior at NC State University, double majoring in Business Administration and Film Studies with minors in Spanish and Arts & Design. Currently, he serves as WKNC 88.1FM’s promotions director and has been a volunteer deejay since his freshmen year. On campus, he is a resident of the Arts Village, a residential community involved heavily with Arts NC State and arts inspired events around the triangle. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school and hopefully take up production work on major films.

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