10 On-The-Job Social Media Commandments: Almost everyone uses Instagram and Twitter, but *how* you use social media can make all the difference in your career. This session will explore how to use social media to boost your chances of success -- along with highlighting common mistakes many people make. Annie Tomlin, freelance editor                                                

10 Ways to Land the Perfect Internship (and Five Things That Will Kill Your Chances): You need internships to get a job. In fact, you need internships to get better internships. But many students apply for dozens -- or even hundreds -- of internships and never get a call back. This session will reveal what omissions and mistakes applicants make that employers say keep them from rising to the top of the interview -- and hiring pile. Steven Chappell, Northwest Missouri State University                                            

50 Sites For Journalists: A rapid-fire list of 50 web tools and apps for journalists: From Doodle to Storyful, you'll find tools to help share and discover content, find sources and create interactive stories plus spend a few minutes wasting time with some good old-fashioned fun on the interwebs. Andrew Seaman, Thompson Reuters; Victoria Reitano, Telepictures

A Documentary Storytelling Skillset: Learn how a strong multimedia documentary skillset translates into work across several fields, including academia, nonprofits and advertising. The speaker, a multimedia producer and strategist, will explain the role of storytelling in her work, including experiences as a writer, radio news intern and production intern with StoryCorps. Allegra Oxborough, Design & Acquisition

Advertising and the Art of Communication: Advertising legend Bill Bernbach said, "You won't be interesting unless you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly." See how advertising can be both artful and effective with an advertising pro who has worked on a variety of accounts, including Volvo, Charles Schwab and Napa Auto Parts. Jennifer Perry, Publicis Kaplan Thale        

After the Big Time, Writing Freelance: This former Wall Street Journal reporter worked overseas, covering business stories and other complicated content for BusinessWeek, SpiegelOnline, USA Today and FastCompany.com. Now, as a professor and adviser, he likes to keep his hand in the business as a freelance writer and editing a blog for Forbes.com. Learn what it takes to compete for a print or online piece in the world of freelance. Paul Glader, King's College      

Breaking in as a Woman: How Today's Female Journalists are Defying Odds and Taking Names: How do you break into the industry as a woman? Find out how to overcome very real obstacles, with anecdotes from female professionals in the news industry. And everyone can benefit from learning how to use skills and assets, how to be persistent and how to value personal perspective if it is unique, instead of seeing what makes you different as a disadvantage. Rebecca White, Narratively                                           

Building Relationships: Your Career in Sports Media: Go beyond the hollow interactions of "networking" and build your sports media career on meaningful personal relationships. Learn how to diversify your expertise and guarantee you'll never leave a job without a better place to land. This sports expert will share his stories as a veteran of several successful blogs and the Iraq War. Matt Ufford, SB Nation Studios     

But I Don't Want To Be A Journalist: So you work for student media, and the biggest lesson you learned is you don't actually want to go into media. How do you translate what you've learned into a real-world job? This session will break down the skills you are acquiring now and help you apply them to a resume. (You will need a pen or pencil.) Adrianne Henderson, Roger Williams University                                                                                

De"zine" Careers Explained: Magazine designers and a publishing HR rep give you the lowdown on how to get those design internships and first jobs in magazine art departments, big and small.     Leah Bailey, Society of Publication Designers; Dennis Huynh, Entertainment Weekly; Jennifer Sharpe, Time Inc.; Mikey Ley, Bon Appetit magazine        

Digital Age Leadership: A Print Veteran Enters the Thunderdome This veteran print newsroom leader now manages a digital "Thunderdome," the newsroom of the future. She'll help you prepare for a job like hers and share tips on how to be a smart leader in your college newsroom. Robyn Tomlin, Digital First Media

Double Session: Resume Design Magic: Put your best foot forward! Create a resume and portfolio that will get you in the door. In the first half of the session, students will learn insider information on how to make their resumes pop among the other applicants. Examples of well-designed resumes, portfolios, and must-have tools of the trade will be available. In the second half of the session, students' resumes/portfolios will be critiqued. Make sure to pack yours! Katie Schlientz, Bruckner Design  

"Dropping Out Saved My Future Career": Blogging. Social media. Features. News. Print or digital. All factor into the type of journalism we want to embrace upon graduating. But how do you know it's what you want to do until you've immersed yourself in it? Learn about the year the speaker spent covering technology, social media, New York City, politics and education before returning for his senior year with a vastly different understanding of the industry that wasn't being taught in a classroom. Kenneth Rosen, freelance writer and journalist

Follow Your Interests to Find Your Niche: Learn how following your personal interests can lead to projects and jobs that make you and your audience happy. The speakers -- a graphics editor and a freelance photographer -- have been working together since middle school. Since moving to New York, they pursued their very different interests (data and running), and those paths have led to dream jobs and dream clients. Get tips on how to find your road. Larry Buchanan, The New York Times;          Zach Hetrick, Zach Hetrick Photography                              

Free Tools to Increase Your Social Media Following: Learn about tools that you probably don't know about (and/or don't use well), all of which will help you get -- and keep -- followers on Twitter and Facebook. You'll improve your interaction with your audience and increase people's exposure to your journalism. Andy Dehnart, Stetson University and realityblurred.com                    

Freelance or Staff: Which Fits You Best? Health benefits. Colleagues. A steady paycheck. Doesn't a staff job sound nice, pleasant even? Truth is, staff positions aren't for everyone. A current freelance writer and journalist, and former staff reporter at The Juneau Empire, weighs the benefits and disadvantages of freelancing and staff writing. He'll discuss how to decide which one is right for you. Kenneth Rosen, freelance writer and journalist        

From Passion to Profession: Turn Your College Media Experience into a Job: Wondering how you can turn your love for television sports into a career at ESPN? Maybe you've produced a great sitcom for your campus station and hope to parlay that into a job in Hollywood. Rachel Abeshouse did just that, combining her passion for children's programming and her experiences in college TV into a career at Nickelodeon. Learn tips on maximizing internships, networking, continuing education and more that can help you transfer your college media love into a profession. Rachel Abeshouse, Dora the Explorer/Dora & Friends, Nickelodeon  

How I Got Maximum Skills in Student Media (and a Great Job After Graduation) The speaker couldn't get his first-choice job at least twice on his college paper. But he graduated in May 2013 and went straight to Digital First Media's "Thunderdome" in New York. he reason: He seized every opportunity to learn new skills. Learn how and why you should do so, too. Matt Walks, Digital First Media

How to Get an Internship: Tips From Top Journalism Pros: Pros in journalism -- the very people who hire and supervise interns -- tell you what it would take to get an internship with their news organizations. Walk away with tips you can use when applying for yours. Michelle Hord-White, NBCUniversal; Don Hecker, The New York Times; Jody Beck, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire 

How to Pitch Your Way Into Magazines and More: How do you find places to publish your writing? How do you craft effective pitches that will get an editor's attention? How do you find success as a freelancer? A journalist, TV critic and writer who's written for Buzzfeed, Playboy, NPR, The New York Times and The Daily Beast, among other publications, will give you secrets to making your way as a writer. Andy Dehnart, Stetson University        

How to Use a Journalism Degree Outside of Journalism: "What do you want to do after graduation?" Maybe a news outlet is no longer your career goal. That's OK. You're a master communicator, which opens more than just newsroom doors. Get career tips from a former Ball State University editor in chief, who now hires and runs product at one of NYC's hottest startups and runs the largest Pride March in the nation. David Studinski, Sailthru

Journalists are Superheroes: Superman and Spiderman chose to change the world with their superpowers -- and not just their physical ones. Famously seeking "truth, justice and the American way," these superheroes sought careers in journalism. Join us to discuss why journalism appealed to these heroes, the ethical breaches they committed and how today's journalists can also be super. Kelley Callaway, Rice University   

Keys to Blogging and Freelancing as a Career: Sometimes you don't feel like working for anyone. This speaker says there's nothing wrong with that. Let's talk about how to start your own blog and tap into the freelance world so you can dictate your career on your terms and your time.             Scooby Axson, SI.com

Land an Internship or Job With a Cutting edge Web E-Portfolio: A new-media wonk and experienced adviser will showcase examples of solid media portfolios and provide suggestions on what you'll need in yours. He'll also walk you through the pros and cons of various website options. Come ready to take notes. Markus Pfeiffer, Regent University    

Living the (Pipe) Dream: Landing a gig at Entertainment Weekly seemed like a pipe dream a few years ago. Fast forward through all the internships, nos and the invention of the iPad, and that dream is now a reality. Hear how an Oklahoman made the move from Tulsa to NYC. We'll talk about how to make it in the magazine industry fresh out of college, and then have a Q&A session for all your burning questions. Seriously. Ask her anything! Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly                                                                                        

Making the Most of Opportunities: How to Stay Busy Between Media Gigs: Use your skills, expertise and background to stay busy (and happy) while searching for your full-time media job. Learn how to build and leverage a network to create jobs and opportunities that may not even currently exist. Explore ways to be your own advocate while enjoying yourself at the same time. Maggie Mullikin, Elon University      

Making The Most Out Of Your Internship: In such a competitive field, an internship is no longer optional -- it's essential. But once you've landed your internship, how can you make it about more than just grabbing coffee and schlepping samples? Get real-world advice on maximizing your time as an intern, including how to work with and learn from editors and how to score a byline, too. Annie Tomlin, freelance editor

Making Your BEST First Impression: Whether the interview is for a story an internship or a job, in this session, attendees will learn how to get a call back, get remembered and go to the head of the class. This interactive session will give you skills that you will use right now -- not notes that you will file away and soon forget. Marcia Meskiel-Macy, MyMediaSeminars

Mashable and Mars: Think Web reporting is all listicles and GIFs? The speaker, a college media EIC just five years ago, covers big-time science and technology and is the author of Mashable's first full-length e-book, The United States of Mars. Find out what that's like and how you can prepare yourself for such a career path. Amanda Wills, Mashable         

Network and Freelance Your Way to Work: Refining your resume can only take you so far. Learn and put into practice tools for building your personal and professional networks to take you from unemployed to steady work, and keep you there. Allegra Oxborough, Design & Acquisition

Network News: Two CBS News correspondents will share their vast knowledge and insight on what it's like to work in network news and discuss some of their most recent assignments. The two of them have covered just about every major news story -- domestic and internationally -- over the past two decades. Jim Axelrod, CBS News;        Michelle Miller, CBS News       

Producing Morning Radio: Want to know what it takes to produce an energetic morning radio show in one of the largest media markets in the world? Learn the techniques the pros use daily -- and then take them back to your campus station to create a professional show that informs and entertains your community and can land you a job in the industry. Carla Marie, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show                                      

Profiling Athletes: How to Find Great Stories: Learn how to research and profile the athletes you cover from a columnist for SI.com who previously worked at ESPN.com, Newsday and -- amazingly -- as a food and fashion writer. He's written six books including his newest, Showtime, a biography of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers. Jeff Pearlman, SI.com     

Programming, On-Air, Music, News: Everything You Wanted to Know About Professional Radio But Were Afraid to Ask The assistant program director, music director and on-air talent for New York City's 103.5 WKTU will pull back the curtain for a fun and engaging hour of war stories, tips and insights into the magic that is professional radio. Learn how to get noticed and start on your road to success in the industry.  Bartel, WKTU 103.5 FM                   

Publishing: Becoming a Career Book Lover: With a double major in graphic design and writing, this speaker developed her equal passions in visual and language arts while still in college ... and then got a career that encompassed both. Covering a basic outline of the publishing structure, she'll help attendees see their own journeys into the niches that best fit their talents. Jordan Wannemacher, Columbia University Press


Radio Engineering: Ask An Expert & Facility Tour: An essential Q&A session with an engineering expert who will discuss the current and future state of radio technical operations, studio design and other critical technological issues facing college radio stations. After the session, attendees are invited to walk to the Clear Channel facilities for a guided tour.  Jeff Smith, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment    

Rock On ... line! How to Become a Music Journalist: So you want to be a rock-and-roll reporter? It takes a lot more than just blood, sweat, tears and good writing skills. This session will show you how to become a music journalist with a loyal readership before you even hit the streets. Toni Albertson, Mt. San Antonio College                              

So You Want to Cover Big-Time Sports: Want to cover the Olympics, the Final Four and the World Cup? Find out what the Associated Press will be looking for when you apply. The speaker oversees AP sports, entertainment and digital news. Lou Ferrara, Associated Press   

So You Want to Write About TV: A senior writer for TV Guide discusses what it takes to make it in television criticism and how to navigate the space between being a fan, critic and journalist. Damian Holbrook, TV Guide        

Surviving a World of Buyouts, Mergers, Bankruptcies, Acquisitions, Spinoffs and Layoffs: Pursuing a career in the media today  means entering a world of drastic change. Success will be measured not by awards or editorships but by one's ability to adapt to transformation and to survive the sometimes-cutthroat world of journalism. Join a former college journalist whose career did not go exactly as planned, but who has found new ways to learn, adapt and even thrive. See how his lessons can put you a step ahead. Chris Gillon, Billtrust    

Tackling the Sci-Tech Beat: Science and technology are two of the richest areas for coverage in the Digital Age, but how do you keep up with the latest innovations and give readers more than just study summaries and gadget reviews?  A top editor from Scientific American offers tips and ideas for those on the sci-tech beat. Michael Moyer, space and physics editor at Scientific American

The Art of (Story) Pitching: You know you have a great story, but now you have to convince the rest of the newsroom. Editors and news directors are looking for home-run story packages, but if you've developed an idea and don't know how to pitch it, you'll be stuck in the minor leagues. This session will offer creative strategies for successfully pitching story ideas -- helping you stand out as a student media staffer, intern and professional freelance journalist. Andrea Frantz, Buena Vista University; Rebecca Taylor, Siena College; John Capouya, University of Tampa   

The Career Blogger: Plenty of journalists get their start on blogs, but what about writers who want to stay there? Hear the how and why from both bloggers who run their own sites and those who write and edit for others.  Dan Nosowitz, TheDodo.com; Charlie Warzel and Katie Notopoulos, Buzzfeed           

The Religion Beat: Your Ticket to Feature Fare Editors (and Readers) Will Love: Breaking news! The religion beat is back! Most folks doing the hiring in America's newsrooms say a specialty is critical. Why not specialize in religion? Learn how this beat is out of this world and might open more doors than you might think. Joe Starrs, The Institute on Political Journalism    

The Revolution Won't Be Televised: Redefining Minorities In Media: The American mainstream media often offer slanted depictions of minorities or marginalized peoples. How do alternate media combat these biases? Learn ways to reappropriate these depictions by establishing your own media platforms and ultimately rewriting the rules of media ... and learn about revolutionaries who are paving the way. Elise Peterson and      Adeshola Adigun, SaintHeron.com            

The Venn Diagram of Teacher/Producer: Want to tell the world's stories? Do you have your tools (camera, audio recorder, notepad) nearby at all times? Molly Haley lives like this, and it has translated into a career as someone who teaches young people these skills and ways. Learn how to find the balance between producer and teacher. Molly Haley, The Telling Room        

Things We Swear By, Gen J Edition:  Generation J is you: the generation of journalists getting ready to set the world on fire. It's also a Society of Professional Journalists community, a home for all journalists in their first 10 years of "real life." Learn from two Gen J'ers about the tools you have and how to use them, digital branding, how to keep your identities professional (and fun) and what things you need to do to get hired in this job climate. Victoria Reitano, Telepictures; Andrew Seaman, Thompson Reuters                

Think Like a Web Producer: At the "Thunderdome," web producers evaluate how stories should be presented at Digital First Media websites around the country. And it's not just wire editing. They generate original content to enhance the stories. Attend if you'd like a job like that someday or would like better content on your college media site. Matt Walks, Digital First Media   

Tweet Talk: How Your Social Media Skills Can Help You Get a Job: Your broadcast journalism and social media skills can help you land a job in the digital world. Learn how from a former news director who made the leap into digital after spending more than 25 years in local television.  Tom Loebig, AccuWeather; Carrie Moniot, Robert Morris University        

Tweeting, Posting and Sharing, OH MY! This hands-on session will show you how to hold on to your most valuable asset -- your reputation. You will learn how to not only preserve your online reputation from here on out, but also how to clean up the bad stuff that may already be out there. Toni Albertson, Mt. San Antonio College                                            

Web Writing for Entertainment: Arts and entertainment writers have taken the Web by storm, providing in-depth coverage and discussion of nearly every show, game, movie and book under the sun. Learn from a UPROXX pro how to capture and use your unique voice as a reviewer and write compelling web copy on A&E.  Brett Michael Dykes, UPROXX  

What Are Sports For? In 21st century America, sports are a pastime, a distraction, a business and a religion. For better and worse, sports are the theater in which we play out what it means to be human. ESPN’s writer-at-large answers your questions about sports, writing and writing about sports. Jeff MacGregor, ESPN                                    

What to Expect Working at a Television Network: Being a valuable TV network employee requires a variety of skills, because networks have a variety of departments. Whether you land in production, sales, marketing or programming, you'll need to know what's expected of you to move up the ladder. From breaking into the industry to climbing to the top, this informal session will cover the skills you need and answer your questions about what it's like to work in television at the network level. Andrew Kirkman, Turner Networks

What You Must Know About the Business of Media: Paywalls, e-commerce, monetization. Take it from a recent president of the national Associated Press Media Editors: Understanding the business may be critical for your success. The speaker, a former reporter who now is executive editor at Asbury Park Press and oversees a Gannett design hub, will give you a rundown of the dollars and cents and take your business and career questions.Hollis Towns, Asbury Park Press                                         

What's it Like to Cover Jay-Z, Beyonce and Celebrities at the Super Bowl? Newsday's chief pop music critic talks about what it's like when your beat requires trying to make sense of megastars like Lady Gaga and Rihanna and putting Frank Ocean and Adele in context. He explains how a fun beat can also lead to national awards and major projects like the impact of hip-hop in America, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005. Glenn Gamboa, Newsday

Why College Editors Get Jobs: You're an editor because you love it, but it's a smart career move for any field. Learn how to make the most of your time and to use that experience to make your case to a prospective employer. From cover letters and resumes to recommendations and job interviews, college editors are ahead of the game. When jobs are scarce, editors get the jobs. Our panel will show you how best to brand yourself using your time as an editor. Mary Bernath, Gabrielle Vielhauer and Keara Hozella, Bloomsburg University

Wide World of Sports: Learn firsthand how one journalist got to where he is now, covering sports as a writer on the national level, and what his lessons mean for you. Although he primarily covers the NFL, his assignments have also taken him to the Olympics, the World Series, the NCAA tournament and the NHL and NBA playoffs. Seth Wickersham, ESPN The Magazine    

Working Full Time on the Religion Beat: The online magazine A Journey Through NYC Religions continues to garner admiration for its in-depth, street-by-street coverage. Two staffers will share their personal journey along with the work they do daily. They'll discuss their philosophy of sympathetic objectivity; journey-style street reporting; lessons from online journalism; the opportunities of reporting at times of social disruption; journalism for the democratic good; and post-secular journalism. Melissa Kimiadi and Christopher Smith, nycreligion.info       

Writing for a Big Web Audience: At NBC.com, this speaker writes for a big web audience -- and every day he tries to make it bigger. He also has built traffic at places like Gawker and Consumer Reports. Learn how his techniques can work for your media organization. Ben Popken, NBC.com             

Writing for Television and Film 101: You've got an amazing idea for a TV show or student film but have no idea how to begin writing the script. Learn the basics of screenwriting from a pro who has had a variety of films in development, including a project produced by Martin Scorsese, and television writing credits that include work for CBS, Fox and Columbia Tri-Star. He will share the tips you need to get that idea on the page and into production. John Warren, New York University                                              

Writing Magazine Features -- And Getting Them Published: A great magazine article seamlessly blends the necessary facts with elements of storytelling. Learn  feature-writing structure and get ideas for enterprise features and advice on how to get magazine freelance assignments from a former editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Accents and Art & Antiques magazines. Mark Mayfield, University of Alabama      

You're Hired! Wanna know what employers are looking for from your resume? Your reels? Your college media experiences? Get the inside scoop on how to land that internship or entry-level job after college from a network news producer who works with interns and new hires. Dianne Cherry, The Ed Show, MSNBC