NYC Career Connectors

The Fall semester was definitely an exhausting one for me. From juggling classes and my teaching assistant position, to my job and my two positions at WTOP10-TV, I was looking forward to Winter break by mid-November. My ultimate plan for Winter Break 2012 was to catch up on all the sleep I could possibly catch up on in six weeks. I also knew that I was going to attend the NYC Career Connectors event held by the SUNY Oswego Alumni Association.

NYC Career Connectors is this amazing event that takes place during Winter break, this year it was on January 10th, that gives the opportunity for SUNY Oswego students to come down to New York City for a day and network with the various Alumni of our school. This was my second time attending this event and it was definitely a very exciting time.

One of the perks of attending Career Connectors is being able to go on a tour of a location that is pertinent to a student’s major. This year, some of the places students could have toured included Madison Square Garden, NBC Universal, KMPG LLP, Kathy Hilton Showroom, Perry Capital, and NEP Broadcasting. I was lucky enough to attend the tour at NEP Broadcasting, and it was an opportunity of a life time.

For those of you who do not know what NEP Broadcasting is, they are a company that gained notoriety for their broadcasting trucks. What they essentially do is build and rent trucks that are basically a control room on wheels. They are also known for their non-mobile studios and some of their more famous clients in NYC include The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Unfortunately, we did not get to tour those studios, but we did get to see one that they are currently building and working on. It was definitely a great chance for broadcasting students to see how a studio is built and Tony Minecola, our guide and NEP employee, was definitely very good at answering questions that any students had about the broadcasting industry. I learned a whole lot and gained some insight as to what to do when I graduate and am seeking a job.

After the tour ended, it was basically time for us to trek on over to Fashion Institute of Technology, where the main networking event was taking place. After a speech from this years Keynote Speaker, Marcia Thompson-Young, and great networking tips from Gary Morris, students quickly lined up to speak to all the various alumni.

There were over 30 alumni who attended, and I was lucky enough to speak to three who gave me really good advice and even critiqued my resumé! It really was an amazing event and I am very glad I was able to meet some alumni and make some great connections!

Tony Minecola showing students some of the equipment

TOswego students get to tour studio currently being built

Professor Jane Winslow speaking with NEP Engineer Rob Statkus

Students lining up at FIT to speak with different Alumni!

Group picture at NEP Broadcasting! :)

the Oswego Nebula: A Star is Born

There are always a lot of events that happen on campus every single day, but SUNY Oswego’s Department of Communication Studies definitely takes the cake with their Media Summit.

The Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit is an annual event that gathers students, faculty, and the like to the campus of SUNY Oswego to listen to the stories of former alumni and other important people in the industry. Not only is it an amazing opportunity for students to hear about their potential futures and the business they will be entering but it is an amazing networking event where everyone can connect and speak to one another.

This years Media Summit had the theme of ‘A Star is Born’ which brought familiar faces to the panel such as Garrick Utley of Meet the Press fame, Kevin Torres- award winning backpack journalist at KUSA, Jackie Robinson- recently retired WSTM News Anchor, Dennis Mueller- documentary filmmaker, and Edward Wyckoff Williams- columnist and political analyst. The event also brought many other important people for the Career Connector segment, where students were allowed to network with people who are already in the industry.

I remember attending my first Media Summit my Freshman year. It  was located in the Sheldon Hall Ballroom and barely fit enough people. While it was still very well done back then, the event it has evolved into is an amazing production. This year, like last year, the Summit was located in the Waterman Theatre of Tyler Hall. Every single seat in the theatre was taken up and some were even left standing. The panelists talked about everything from the future of the industry, to giving advice for students who are about to graduate and break out into the field. My personal favorite part of this years Summit was being able to hear the stories of each panelist and how they got their foot in the industry.

Of course, what would a post by me be without a little plug for WTOP10-TV, who put on an AMAZING Red Carpet Show for the Media Summit (in HD of course!). It was amazing seeing how we went from the Red Carpet show last year, which was a last minute throw together, to what we did this year after weeks of planning.

While I am feeling a little bittersweet about just having attended my last Media Summit, I am so glad that SUNY Oswego was able to provide me with this for my all four years here!

Dr. (Doc) Lewis B. O’Donnell

Anchors Samantha DiMascio and Chris Horvatits for WTOP10-TV’s Red Carpet Show

Behind the Scenes of the Red Carpet Show

Reporter Maeghan Roberts and Lou Borrelli ’77- Founder and Sponsor of the Media Summit

The 2012 Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit Panelists

What’s on TV tonight?

It’s been a very busy couple of months here at SUNY Oswego. In between being a Teaching Assistant, Communication Studies Lab Assistant, Underwriting and Editing Director at WTOP and taking 4 classes, life hasn’t decided to slow down for me.

I’ve taken on a lot of roles at SUNY Oswego, but I honestly love every single one. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of my free time managing two departments at WTOP 10-TV the Student Run Television station on campus. For the past 3 years, WTOP has been my second home. I spend so much time there that I’ve often wondered why I did not have a bunk tucked secretly away in our storage closet.

A fact that only a few people know about me is that I had originally been admitted to SUNY Oswego as a Journalism major. I had planned on becoming a world-renowned journalist for Rolling Stone magazine. Instead, when I came up for my tour, I was shown the WTOP studio. It was love at first sight. I knew right then and there that I would HAVE to change my major to Broadcasting and Mass Communication. I wanted to learn everything about television and how stuff like that worked. With that being said, WTOP welcomes people from EVERY major with or without any experience!

I was not very active at WTOP my first year at Oswego. I had done a couple of technical positions for Live News, but it wasn’t until my second semester Sophomore year when I began to participate more. I had decided to expand past the world of News and into Live Sports and ultimately, Underwriting. Being super active in WTOP really helped me in the long run because when the time came, I had decided that I wanted to become a part of the WTOP Executive Board.  I got extremely lucky and became the Underwriting Director my Junior year. It was my first leadership position since High School and it was for something I was very passionate about. This year, I was able to maintain my position as Underwriting Director, but I also got to add Editing Director to the plate as well. It is a big job for one person, but I think it all appears to be swimming right along.

The other week I decided that I wanted to take some fun pictures at the studio. I was lucky enough to grab pictures of News and a Sports show known as Oswego Sports Update.

Thanks Al!

Monday Night News Crew getting ready during the Pre-Production Meeting

WTOP 10 Live News every Sunday-Friday 10PM

Analysts & their Producer on Oswego Sports Update an Original Sports Production on WTOP10-TV

Where Did The Summer Go?!

It’s hard to believe that Summer 2012 is essentially winding down to a close. With only a few days left of my Summer, I really have no idea where it went..

I spent this entire Summer at an internship with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, better known as the MTA, that I got with a LOT of help from Experience Based Education at SUNY Oswego. I have to thank them so much for being patient with me, because the process that I had to go through to get the internship was such a hassle. Thankfully, when I went in for the interview, I was hired on the spot.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, what is a broadcasting major doing at the MTA? Well, the MTA has a PR show known as TransitTransit News Magazine. It’s a pretty interesting show that’s been around for nearly 20 years. It airs Saturdays and Sunday’s on Ch. 25 WNYE-TV in NYC, and sporadically on the public access channels around the city. Don’t ask me what time because honestly, I’ve never watched the show on TV( I get DVD copies every month).

The internship was very helpful in a sense that I learned new things and was allowed to apply  all that I learned in school as well. I am extremely grateful that I was able to learn how to use Avid at TransitTransit, because it never really hurts to know more editing programs.

I also managed to take away a lot of life lessons from the internship. When it wasn’t time for “carry this, carry that, fetch me breakfast..” My boss and everyone taught me a lot about the business and people. That definitely was not rainbows and butterflies. But I guess the biggest and most important thing I learned at my internship was that  I still want to be an Editor or Producer, despite the negativity I experienced.

In about  5 days I’ll be Oswego bound. The semester is going to be quite an interesting one to say the least. I need to some how manage TA-ing, two positions at WTOP10-TV, 4 classes, and a job. I’ve got a lot on my plate this semester, but I am definitely looking forward to the challenge.

Who? Anna, That’s who!

My first entry as an official SUNY Oswego blogger? I feel so cool! What’s a better way to start everything than with an introduction. Bear with me because this entry will be extremely cliche!

Hi. My name is Anna. I will be starting my Senior year come Fall 2012 at SUNY Oswego studying Broadcasting and Mass Communication. I am from Brooklyn, New York and am as city as a person can get! I am a member of WTOP10-TV, the student run station on campus. More specifically, I am the current Underwriting Director and more recently I was elected the Editing Director. I am also a Lab Assistant at the Communication Studies Labs. As you can see, I live, eat, and breathe Broadcasting!

I am a typical college student, as lame as that may sound. I sleep, I go to class, I go do my extracurriculars, and I drink lots of caffeinated beverages. Energy Drink, coffee, Tazo tea are my favorites in that exact order.I currently live in the Village, which are the On-Campus townhouses. Next Fall will be my second semester there!

On a personal level, I have a lot of hobbies outside of my academics. I enjoy video games, especially First-Person shooters, comic books, and Panda bears. I am very fond of the color purple and baked goods. (I’m serious, bake me some cupcakes and you’ll probably be my best friend forever..)

Blogging has always been a nice little hobby of mine, and I’m excited to be starting this new adventure!