Today's schedule is subject to change. Check the NYC14 app (available in late February) for updated details.

9 a.m.-noon Wednesday        

CMA Board of Directors Meeting: The CMA Board of Directors meets to discuss and act on policy and association business. While the meetings are open, the board may vote to go into executive session for various reasons, including items involving personnel and contractual obligations. Rachele Kanigel, College Media Association • Sheraton presidential suite, 2150

Note: Pre-convention workshops require additional registration.

9 a.m.-noon Wednesday        

Pre-Con Workshop: Creating Comics as Journalism: Nonfiction comics have exploded from the pages of graphic novels into newspapers like The New York Times, magazines like Time and Harper's and digital publications like Symbolia and Salon. Learn how to create comics as journalism for your college media org in a workshop led by the co-authors of the first nonfiction comics textbook and a professional comics writer, author, illustrator and Knight Wallace Fellow in Journalism. Starting with a sample news story, we'll teach non-artists how to create "drawings" from photographs, artists how to incorporate collaborative reporting into a visual script, and editors and advisers how to foster this emerging medium for increased readership and campus engagement. Advisers who participate will be registered to receive a free copy of Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction. Josh Neufeld, joshcomix.com; Michael Taylor, Randy Duncan and David Stoddard, Henderson State UniversityConference Room C, Lower Level

9 a.m.-noon Wednesday        

Pre-Convention Workshop: 200+ Story Ideas: The Ultimate Student Journalist's Brainstorming Guide: Learn how to brainstorm, discover and digitize fresh, award-winning and eye-popping stories. Led by the author of the textbook Journalism of Ideas and the blog College Media Matters, we will whip through a slew of stories and storytelling techniques aimed at inspiring you to surprise, educate and charm your own readers. You will also practice the art of the pitch and hunt for your own stories in NYC. The best ideas pitched during the session may be featured in a special blog post. Dan Reimold, Saint Joseph's University • Conference Room F, Lower Level

9 a.m.-noon Wednesday        

Pre-Convention Workshop: Going Up: Jump-Starting Sales From the Ground Floor: Not sure how to price ads, let alone sell them? Do rate cards, media kits and marketing your media organization in general make you a bit uncomfortable? In just three hours, this hands-on workshop will train new advisers and student ad managers on the entire sales process and offer new ideas and inspiration to veterans. Attendees will get a variety of tips: from how to recruit and train a sales team to building their own rate structure and making sure everyone gets compensated appropriately. We'll discuss print and online/digital sales in detail as well as teach you how to create package deals to better serve your clients. You'll leave with dozens of solutions and the custom information needed to put together your own rate card or marketing kit. Brad Arendt, Boise State University • Conference Room B, Lower Level

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday       

Pre-Convention Workshop: Reporting the High Line: Writers, photographers and designers: Join us to walk NYC's famous High Line, and you'll walk away with a clip for your portfolio. You and/or your team will report, photograph and make notes for infographics along the High Line route. When we return to the Sheraton, you'll work with your peers to create a newspaper page or yearbook or magazine spread in real time. This is a hands-on session, and you'll need to come prepared: Bring a laptop with page-layout software, a camera or a smartphone and some background research on the High Line. You'll want to wear the weather-appropriate clothing, bring a prepaid subway card and plan to have lunch on your own. Learn about and from your peers from schools across the country and leave with an example of your own work. Randy Stano, University of Miami • Conference Room H, Lower Level

1-4 p.m. Wednesday  

Pre-Convention Workshop How to Report a Murder: Based on the "How to Host a Murder" game, this workshop will put participants to the test in a fast-paced, real-time reporting competition. After being assigned to teams, participants are given a few facts and then sent to cover a "breaking news" story. Teams plan their strategy, then interview key sources (played by other journalism students) before time runs out. After discussing their findings and grappling with ethical concerns, each team collaborates to craft an organized hard-news story complete with solid quotes and useful facts. Seasoned faculty advisers will critique and offer insight into what reporting strategies were most successful and which could be improved. Following discussion, a panel of judges will select a winning article and award prizes (gift cards) in several categories. Perfect for student reporters looking to build key skills, this friendly competition will ensure participants make friends and meet new people before the convention officially begins. Holly Johnson and Michael Dalton, Mercer County Community College • Conference Room J, Lower Level

1-4 p.m. Wednesday  

Pre-Convention Workshop: Adviser Island: Ideas and Solutions for Advisers: Whether you're a new adviser or a seasoned vet, learn how to survive the loneliest job on campus. Though no other university employee is as often misunderstood as you, your CMA peers have your back. We'll offer tips to teach both students and administrators about the benefits and responsibilities of a free press, to show staffs that solid journalism takes more than an email interview and whom to have on speed dial when someone shouts "libel." Plus we'll discuss managing a budget and juggling vendors, office breakups and emerging technology. (It's the job that never ends, after all.) Experienced advisers who are current CMA leaders will share lessons they've learned in the seven decades (combined) they've advised college media. Chris Carroll, Vanderbilt University; Rachele Kanigel, San Francisco State University;  David Swartzlander, Doane College; Bonnie Thrasher, Arkansas State University • Conference Room C, Lower Level

1-4 p.m. Wednesday  

Pre-Convention Workshop: Fast and Furious: the Society for News Design QuickCourse: This long-running pre-convention workshop is chock full of fresh ideas. We'll tackle the fundamentals -- story forms, strong visuals, tasteful typography and smart packaging. Then we'll move into the trends in news design, with dozens of ideas for photos, graphics and stories from publications around the world. Bring copies of your publication, in print or PDF, for the best part of the QuickCourse: our group critiques. You'll leave with the targets you’ll need to improve your publication. Ron Johnson, Society of News Design and Indiana University • Conference Room K, Lower Level

1-4 p.m. Wednesday  

Pre-Convention Workshop: Introducing You to You: Becoming A Stronger Leader: Leading is as much about knowing yourself as it is about knowing those who work with you. This hands-on workshop will teach you to focus on the ways you thrive and how to bring out the best in those you work with in the newsroom, business office or station. Learn how to harness your personality traits to be a responsive leader -- and how to help your staff be better journalists and co-workers -- so that your organizations create better media. You'll walk away with ideas on how to build policies, training efforts and office procedures that apply to all, but let you lead individually. We’ll make you better at what you do; you'll do the same for your staff. Kelley Callaway, Rice University; Adrianne Henderson, Roger Williams University • Conference Room F

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