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WOUB students headed to Washington D.C. for College Media Association Conference

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MediaFest22 runs from October 27 – 30

ATHENS, OH – Three Ohio University students who work at WOUB Public Media are attending the annual College Media Association (CMA) Conference in Washington D.C. at the end of October. Jack Greene, Silver Barker, and Jessica Stelzer are part of a group of 21 Ohio University journalism and media students headed to this year’s conference called MediaFest22.

Founded in 1954 as the National Council of College Publications Advisers, CMA now has more than 700 members — the people who advise the nation’s collegiate media newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, broadcast and electronic media and their staffs — from coast to coast. The conference is an exceptional opportunity for collegiate media giving students the opportunity to collaborate and to learn from some of the nation’s top journalists which includes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a keynote address from Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — on the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in.

The CMA convention is a great peer conference that I have really enjoyed attending with a few students from The Post over the last several years,” said Ohio University Director of Student Media Andrea Lewis. “It’s wonderful to have students from WOUB and the Ohio University Society for Professional Journalists chapter join us this year.”

The conference is cohosted by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Collectively these agencies all strive to promote the standards and ethics of good journalism. The conference is also a peer learning opportunity where students can network with hundreds of student newsrooms and content creators from across the nation.

The three WOUB students are able to attend the conference thanks to a fund established by Former WOUB Student Doug Drew ’78. Drew created The Doug Drew WOUB Student Professional Development Fund last May to provide general support for professional development experiences to help current WOUB students enhance their skills and take their careers to the next level.

“I’m so excited these three WOUB students are getting this opportunity,” said Drew. “I have established this fund to continue my passion for professional mentorship, to bring working professionals to WOUB for workshops, and to allow WOUB students to attend conferences and meetings like this that will help prepare them for a career in media.”