By Brianne Kimmel
Ten journalism students along with Electronic Media Professors Karl Idsvoog and Dave Smeltzer utilized social media, on-site reporting and online videos to cover the 2011 Ohio Educational Technology Conference held Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.
The students created video packages, wrote print stories and covered keynote speeches all within a three-day period. “Starting from scratch was a good experience. We literally built our news station from the ground up,” said Nathan Edwards, TV2 General Manager and eTech Ohio reporter. The team also created a conference documentary, which the students presented at the close of the conference to recap the event.
This is the second year Kent State has covered the conference; however, this year the reporters raised the stakes. “We incorporated a lot more multimedia and quick, quality content,” Edwards said. “I wrote five stories on Monday alone, so we had strict deadlines.” Stories were uploaded to the eTech website instantaneously for educators to catch up on content and for outside media outlets to access conference coverage.
Because the majority of students selected as conference reporters are involved with student media, they were used to the late hours that came with this project, Edwards said. “The reporters also learned a few things along the way. This was our first time working with videographers, so the collaboration was beneficial and an overall learning experience for future careers,” Edwards said.
Kent State broadcast journalism students will cover the 2012 eTech Ohio Educational Technology Conference.
Visit the Web for more information on Kent State’s eTech Coverage and the eTech Ohio 2011 Conference.
Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.