Student Newspaper Presents Workshop in NYC

Riah Lawry '13 (left) and Jane Brannen '13 spoke about redesigning Asbury's student newspaper during the College Media Association's spring conference. Photo by Madison Wathen '15.
Riah Lawry '13 (left) and Jane Brannen '13 spoke about redesigning Asbury's student newspaper during the College Media Association's spring conference. Photo by Madison Wathen '15.

Along with journalists from Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, Asbury journalism students presented a workshop at the nation’s largest student media conference recently at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City’s Times Square.

At the College Media Association’s spring conference, attended by thousands of student journalists, Asbury seniors Jane Brannen and Riah Lawry gave a presentation on The Asbury Collegian student newspaper’s national-award-winning redesign from broadsheet to magazine-style format.

Brannen and Lawry also spoke at the CMA’s fall convention in October in Chicago. The crowd of 70 students and advisers impressed the convention planners so much that they invited the Collegian to present again in New York City.

“This convention has been so incredible,” said Brannen. “It’s one of the many professional opportunities I’ve had through Asbury’s journalism department.”

Several members of the audience were advisers of other college media productions who were impressed by the extent of the transformation. The Asbury presenters received positive feedback from people who planned to implement their tips on redesign.

“It is quite an honor to be invited to speak at two national conferences in six months,” said David Wheeler, assistant professor of journalism and Collegian adviser. “Our amazingly talented students are making a name for themselves on the national stage, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

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