MSCNE 18 Prepared College Editors to Lead Student Newsrooms

Photos: Stephanie Moreno, Ivy Smith and Jessica Twine

Student media leaders from around the country learned from more than a dozen industry professionals at this year’s Management Seminar for College News Editors (MSCNE) held at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Forty-three college news editors from 36 colleges and universities attended this year’s seminar held July 22-27.

Throughout the week, student media leaders learned from more than a dozen presenters representing news organizations including American City Business Journals, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN, Google, Poynter Institute and the USA Today Network.

MSCNE, created 23 years ago, is designed to teach skills these student media leaders can apply to their roles as both college news editors and as emerging young journalists about to enter the workforce.

Students took a day trip to Atlanta where they toured the headquarters of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the CNN center and participated in discussions with editors and producers at both visits. Students also participated in a breaking news exercise, which mimicked an event that would warrant major news coverage, and the students were split into teams to cover the event.

By the end of the week, these students learned the skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage their college newsrooms.

The 2018 Betty Gage Holland Award for excellence in college journalism was also presented during the week-long seminar. The Sunflower at Wichita State University and former editor in chief Chance Swaim are this year’s winners for their work investigating student housing conflicts of interest, questioned the university’s investigation of a student body president, and dissected enrollment numbers reported by university administrators.

Read more about this year’s Betty Gage Holland winners here.

See the full schedule of events here.

See photos from MSCNE 18 here.