Save the date! April 18, 2020

    A College Student at UVMtv Desk, gettign ready for the program.

    The event offers a thrilling lineup for college media staffs — print, online and broadcast — and their advisers, managers and faculty from Vermont colleges. It features many sessions, renowned keynote speakers, access to employers in the media industry and connections with Vermont media students and professionals that you just can’t get anywhere else.

    Anyone interested or involved in collegiate media should attend: editors, reporters, designers, photographers, advertising and business managers and sales staff, webmasters, bloggers, multimedia producers, social media managers, columnists, broadcast reporters, editors, producers, station managers, advisers, faculty and all others who work with or are interested in learning more about the world of college media.

    Registration is now open. Rate: $20 per attendee. Register here




    OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL: Leading the media world in your 20s

    With recent grads who are now experts in the world of news, radio and TV.


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    Aviva Loeb, The Washington Post

    Aviva Loeb is a digital designer at the Washington Post. She works on a team called Emerging News Products and spends her time thinking about how to conceptualize and tell big stories for small screens. Her work has been recognized by the Society for News Design, Arizona Press Club, and USA Today Network. She is also the Outreach Director for the Society for News Design. She helps the society to think strategically about the needs of our members and oversee our social media accounts. Aviva previously worked as an A1 designer at the Arizona Republic.

    Aviva is a 2015 graduate of the University of Vermont where she served as the layout editor of the Vermont Cynic. During her tenure she led the paper through a comprehensive redesign that focused on a clean font package, consistent styling and use of alternative story forms. Under her art direction the paper received numerous awards from the Associated Collegiate Press.


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    Jon Francois, Magic 97.7

    Jon Francois is proud to entertain northeast Vermont and northwest New Hampshire every weeknight on Magic 97.7! Jon is known for his quirky interaction with listeners via phone and social media in addition to having the premier platform for Hip Hop and R&B in the Northeast Kingdom! His infectious personality and work ethic have led him to receive the very first Rising Star award from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters in 2019.

    Jon is a 2013 graduate of Eastern CT State University, majoring in Theater and minoring in Communications. Prior to Magic 97.7 in Vermont, Jon has been a host and producer for West Hartford Community Television as well as an on-air personality for i98.3 WILI-FM in Willmantic, CT and KDEC in Decorah, IA. In addition to his commercial radio endeavors, Jon is also the host and producer of the pop culture talk show “The Anything Show with Jon Francois” on WOMM and WBTV in Burlington. He is happy to help future broadcast talent in any way he can!


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    Devin Karambelas, WGBH Boston

    Devin serves as the Programming Manager for WGBH, Boston's PBS and NPR station, where she curates film and TV programs for broadcast and PBS streaming. She loves working with independent producers and distributors like PBS and the BBC to acquire, schedule and market programs to viewers to get them and keep them watching. Devin was previously the executive assistant to WGBH's Vice President of National Productions and has worked in film exhibition, distribution and radio news production. In 2017, she received her Masters in Film, Exhibition & Curation from the University of Edinburgh.



    Panel moderated by Natalie Williams, visuals coordinator of the Bangor Daily News.


    Other featured speakers:

    Maleeha Syed, Burlington Free Press

    Maleeha has worked at the Burlington Free Press 2018 and serves as the Urban-Fault Lines reporter, in which role she writes about Vermont’s underrepresented communities.

    Eric Lipton, The New York Times

    Eric Lipton, a three-time winner of The Pulitzer Prize, has been a reporter at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hartford Courant and The Valley News in New Hampshire. He writes about President Trump and the Trump administration. Note: Eric will be joining us by video-chat from Washington, D.C., for a short presentation on reporting and then a Q&A.

    Jared Feliciano, Latin music DJ

    Jah Red is a Puerto Rican-American deejay who began his career in the late 1990's, after a lifelong dedication to Latin music.  He has held some of the first weekly residencies involving Latin music in Vermont, as well as his pioneering work in Latin radio broadcast: being the first one in Vermont to host a weekly radio show with strictly Latin music.

    Kate Ida, WGBH Boston Public Media

    Kate Ida, a digital producer at WGBH public media in Boston, creates and coordinates content for the station's podcasts, digital and social initiatives.

    Justin Silverman, New England First Amendment Coalition

    Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, is a Massachusetts-based attorney and former journalist and staunch advocate of free speech and free press.

    Zach Despart, The Houston Chronicle

    Zach Despart covers Harris County, flood control, campaign finance and corruption for the Houston Chronicle. He previously wrote for the Houston Press, Burlington Free Press and Addison Independent.

    Anne Galloway,

    Anne Galloway, editor of VTDigger and the executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust, founded VTDigger in 2009 after she was laid off from her position as Sunday editor of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. VTDigger has grown from a $16,000 a year nonprofit with no employees to a $2 million nonprofit daily news operation with a staff of 25. The staff regularly wins awards for investigatory, ethical journalism.

    Emilie Stigliani, Burlington Free Press

    Emilie Stigliani, executive editor at the Burlington Free Press, came to the paper after receiving a graduate degree from The Missouri School of Journalism. Prior to journalism, she worked with youth in inner-city Boston, taught English to non-native speakers, milked cows and traveled throughout South America. Today, she is engaged in directing community journalism for the digital reader.

    Deb Reger, Moccasin Tracks Radio

    Deb Reger has been host and producer of the Vermont radio show “Moccasin Tracks” for 10 years with the mission of broadcasting from the traditional territory of the Abenaki peoples, N'Dakinna, featuring voices and music of the original peoples.

    Liz Crawford, Brown University's Digital Learning and Design Lab

    Liz Crawford, program manager for Brown University's Digital Learning and Design Lab, has spent her career exploring the fringes of education. She once lived in an experimental arts residency, taught architecture to visitors at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, coordinated a conference on lost museums, and tracked down the long lost story of Russia's Forrest Gump. She can connect any of these adventures to the three years she worked in Vermont college media.

    McCrae Hathaway, State Theatre and Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine

    McCrae Hathaway, the promoter representative and house manager at the State Theatre and Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine, has worked and produced concerts with artists such as Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Grace Potter, Snoop Dogg and many more.  McCrae started as a DJ in 2007, before becoming the chief operator and finally station manager for two consecutive years.

    Cory Dawson, Georgetown University

    Cory Dawson’s work has appeared in NBC News, Associated Press, and the Burlington Free Press, among others. He is a graduate student at Georgetown University.

    Isaac Fornarola, Burlington Free Press

    Isaac Fornarola, a digital innovation editor at the Burlington Free Press, has worked as a politics reporter for the USA Today network, Cannabis Wire and the Huffington Post. Isaac is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

    Alyssa Kropp, Reboot

    Alyssa Kropp, a senior program associate at Reboot, where she uses service design to help solve civic problems, is a former college DJ who also served as PR director for her college radio station. She continues to DJ in New York, both for online radio and in clubs.

    Jason Bushey, Liberty Mutual Insurance

    Jason Bushey, a user experience lead at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston, has worked as a digital UX and content strategy expert to enhance a number of brands' online presence, including Comcast Business, Total Wine & More, and McGraw Hill Education, to name a few.

    Will Sedlack, Maine Conservation Voters / Maine Conservation Alliance

    Will Sedlack, the civic engagement manager for Maine Conservation Voters / Maine Conservation Alliance, has been a children’s librarian, a high school English and social studies teacher, and a mussel and scallop farmer. His college career in Vermont student media includes time managing business operations and eventually serving as editor-in-chief. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

    Natalie Williams, Bangor Daily News

    Natalie manages multimedia content for the Bangor Daily News in Maine, where she also shoots photo and video. Natalie has done everything from reporting, writing and shooting at a small weekly newspaper to managing digital-first strategy for an award-winning daily. As a student journalist in Vermont, she served as a staff writer, photographer, photo editor, video editor, multimedia editor and eventually editor-in-chief of her college paper.

    Melo Grant, hip-hop DJ

    Melo Grant has been broadcasting in the Burlington area for over 35 years.  She started her first program on the University of Vermont's radio station WRUV 90.1 FM when she was a sophomore back in 1984.  Over the years she has focused on bringing independent music to the area and is currently known for focusing on independent Hip Hop on her program called the Cultural Bunker. It is the Hip Hop show for people who do not like Rap music.  In addition to WRUV she also hosts a second program on WBTV LP 99.3 FM which broadcasts out of the Media Factory in the south end of Burlington.

    Mike Donoghue, investigative reporter

    Mike Donoghue is a longtime award-winning news and sports writer with the Burlington Free Press.  St. Michael's College recruited him to serve as an adjunct professor and adviser for the Journalism Department for more than 3 decades. Donoghue is a frequent invited speaker on a wide range of journalism topics. He also serves as Vice President for the New England First Amendment Coalition.

    Cat Viglienzoni, WCAX-TV

    Cat graduated from Emerson College in May 2011 and joined WCAX-TV shortly after. Her jobs have included weekday morning producer, weekend morning producer/reporter, evening news executive producer, and reporter/fill-in anchor.

    Matthew Roy, Seven Days

    Matthew Roy is the news editor at Seven Days in Burlington. He previously worked at daily newspapers in New York’s Capital Region and Virginia.

    Elliot deBruyn, cinematographer and documentary filmmaker

    Since his time as a photographer, photo editor and managing editor in Vermont college media, Elliot has worked as a freelance cinematographer and documentary filmmaker based in Shanghai and New York City, where he has worked in news as well as commercial and feature-length film production.

    Taylor Feuss, Nasdaq

    Taylor Feuss is a marketing specialist at Nasdaq in New York City, where previously she worked as a marketing and communications manager at the international marketing research firm IBISWorld.


    Saturday, April 18

    • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Check-in
    • 9:30 a.m. — Opening Keynote
    • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Breakout Sessions
    • 12:45 p.m. — Career Fair Opens
    • 1 to 2 p.m. — Lunch (provided)
    • 2 to 5 p.m. — Breakout Sessions
    • 5:15 p.m. — WRUV DJ party, featuring Cheese Louise

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    Assistant Director
    Student Media


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