CMA Confabs: Budget, What Budget? Small Schools & Their Unique Challenges

Thursday, October 8, 6:30-7:30 ET/5:30-6:30 CT

Small colleges and universities face their own unique challenges. Whether you define “small” as being small in enrollment, small in student staff size, or budget, you may have encountered your own issues such as limited budgets (or no budget at all), small voluntary staffs or lack of interest in participating, etc. This panel will share information about free tools, making the most of what you have, and small steps to take to become more “digital first.”

To keep this an intimate conversation, this event has a 40 person capacity.

Please note: You will need to sign into the CMA website as a member in order to register. Advisers, you will need to register your students as guests. Contact if you have any questions.

Register here

Do you need help with a problem your student media organization is facing or want to know more about an industry trend you’ve noticed? If so, CMA Confabs is for you.

This series of online talks will connect our members with experienced advisers and professionals who will lead discussions across a range of topics over the next few months.

From how to prepare students for the realities of this new era, how to motivate students during a crisis, to the ends and outs of equipment management during a pandemic, we’ll cover it all. There’ll be something for everyone.

Have an idea for a future Confab topic? Reach out to Tamara Zellars Buck, CMA VP of Member Support, at

Past Confabs:

CMA Confabs: Opening the Door to Data in the Pandemic

Thursday, September 10, 6:30-7:30 ET/5:30-6:30 CT

Some Universities are reporting how many Covid tests they've administered and how many come back positive, but aren't breaking it out by student, faculty and staff. Others aren't telling if positives are tested on campus, in the community, or elsewhere. What data can we legally access, and how often can we expect to update the data?

CMA Confabs: Coloring the Conversation — Identifying and reducing implicit bias in ourselves 

Thursday, August 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET/5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

We live in a pivotal time where the ever increasing gaze is upon the media in regards to coverage of race, politics, and pop culture. It’s important that we consider our role in the conversation, examine the implicit bias we often inject into into our content, and help our students change the narrative. 

CMA Confabs: Chronicling History from a Distance

Thursday, July 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET/5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

College yearbooks offer a snapshot of the student experience from a student perspective, and are valuable parts of a university’s history. During these unprecedented times, yearbook staffs and advisers face multiple challenges from what to cover to and how to include as many students as possible to  how to recruit new staffers and build community. This panel will help you brainstorm coverage and distribution ideas, safety strategies and revenue generating plans. 

CMA Confabs: The Art of Protest Coverage

Thursday, July 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET

College journalists and professionals have been side by side on the frontlines of recent protest coverage. They've struggled to figure out just how to approach the news of protest. They've also experienced physical encounters with police and ethical questions regarding whether to photograph protesters. Our discussants will share their experiences and answer your questions during our first CMA Confabs: The Art of Protest Coverage.