More than 50 college journalists from across the U.S. learned leadership, management and content development skills at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication on July 24-29 at the 21st annual Management Seminar for College News Editors (MSCNE).
Sponsored by the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership and directed by Cecil Bentley (MA ’12), the seminar was led by nearly 20 educators and industry professionals. The late Conrad Fink started the program in 1996 to better prepare campus news editors for top management positions at their news organizations.
Featured presenters this year included: Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center; Butch Ward, senior faculty at The Poynter Institute; Akili Ramsess, executive director of the National Press Photographers Association; Selwyn Crawford (ABJ ’81), team leader/special writer for The Dallas Morning News; John Reetz, owner of Media Solutions Partners; Sherrie Marshall, executive editor of The Macon Telegraph; Mark Fomil, mobile content specialist at The Weather Channel; and photojournalist Billy Weeks.
Grady faculty Keith Herndon (ABJ ’82), Barry Hollander, Mark Johnson and Pat Thomas also led sessions.
On Wednesday, the group traveled to Atlanta and met with reporters, editors and producers at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV in the morning and at CNN in the afternoon. Rodney Thrash, AJC’s Atlanta Now coach, and Paul Crum, CNN’s vice president of U.S. news operations, hosted and help lead these sessions.
On Thursday afternoon of the seminar, student editors gained hands-on multimedia experience and participate in a simulated news event that involves UGA public safety and communications officials.