NAHJ Student Bootcamp

When: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sponsored by FedEx

The NAHJ Student Bootcamp is an all-day, pre-conference workshop filled with information designed to help students get the most out of the conference. Professionals from major media outlets will share their expertise on a number of topics, including how to take advantage of chance encounters with influential people and how to approach recruiters in the exhibit hall.

Lunch will be served. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

Questions? Contact Leslie-Anne Frank.


10:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Welcome/Introduce NAHJ leadership
Tomás Mier, NAHJ Student Board Representative
10:45 a.m.
Bootcamp Moderator Welcome
Gadi Schwartz, Correspondent, NBC News, co-host, Stay Tuned
11:00 a.m.
Navigating the Conference
Ernest Sotomayor, Dean of Student Affairs and Communications and Director, Latin American Initiatives, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
11:40 a.m.
Turning a Chance Encounter into a Lead: Your Elevator Speech
Ray Ruiz, El Gato Media Network
12:00 p.m.
Working Lunch/Practice Elevator Speech
1:00 p.m.
Short Talk with a Journalist/Q & A
Arelis R. Hernández, Reporter, The Washington Post
1:15 p.m.
Building & Managing Your Personal Brand as a Journalist
Javi Morgado, Executive Producer, New Day, CNN
2:00 p.m.
Diversity & Inclusion in the Newsroom and Beyond
Vanessa Ruiz, Anchor, Arizona PBS, Cronkite News Director-Southwest Borderlands Initiative, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
2:45 p.m.
Getting the Most Out of Your Internship
Scarlett Mascarenas, Campus Manager, NBCUniveral Campus Programs
Muna Moushien, Manager, Professional Development, CBS News
3:30 p.m.
What Recruiters are Looking For
Allison Barclay, Talent Acquisition Recruiter, NBC Sports
Diana R. Fuentes, Deputy Metro Editor, San Antonio Express News
Rafael Meza, Regional Human Resources Manager, Associated Press
4:30 p.m.

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