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From one-on-one discussions of your work and career path to visiting media moguls and on-site contests, NYC14 offers special opportunities in and out of the Sheraton Hotel. We’ll update this page as we finalize those events.

Professionals in Residence

Want to know what life is like on-camera for a NYC TV station? Curious to see what a pro designer or photographer thinks of your portfolio? Need advice from an editor on how to begin your job search?

The Professional in Residence program gives you 20 minutes to ask whatever you’d like to know from a pro in your field. Review the list of pros (from The New York Times to MSNBC to, and you can sign up for your slot in Metro West on Thursday, March 13.

Media Tours

NYC14 is in the media capital of the world. Some of the biggest players in our field are just outside the hotel doors. Get a glimpse behind their scenes by signing up to visit them when registration opens Thursday, March 13. Then meet your chaperone at the appointed date and time, and you’ll join your peers for a walk (or ride) and talk.

Confirmed tours include Huffington Post, CNN, Mashable, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, the magazines of Hearst Tower, ProPublica, Democracy Now, Viacom, The Wall Street Journal and more. See the full list and read descriptions of each tour here.

(Space is limited and allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. ONLY those who signed up in advance will be allowed to attend.) 

Shoot the City

NYC14 will offer you a chance to work on your own skills, hands-on, while shooting photos of New York and its people. For the 20th year, student photojournalists can compete in an on-site convention competition.

The NYC14 Shootout opening will be held on Thursday, the first day of regular convention sessions. Details TK on where and when.  You can also sign up at the registration desk. Bradley Wilson, photographer and media adviser at Midwestern State University, will run the event.

In order to participate, students must be registered for the convention, provide their own equipment and attend a school where the adviser is a member of CMA.

On Friday, professional photographers will critique submissions, and the class will select a class favorite for recognition at the closing ceremony.

For more information, please contact Bradley Wilson at

Journalism Hackathon: A Big Apple Brainstorming Contest

Come prepared to dream up, adapt, flesh out and digitize as many quality story ideas as possible. In the process, you may win big during NYC14’s spirited, collaborative brainstorming session/trivia night. Led by the author of the textbook Journalism of Ideas and the blog College Media Matters, the event will feature a bevy of music and movies, a grab bag of goodies and tons of great ideas. Amid a backdrop of laughs and greater Manhattan, teams will compete in real time to be the ultimate journalism brainstormers. Advisers, professors and media professionals are also welcome to join students! May the best team win.

Please Critique Me

From pro resume reviews to in-depth publication discussions, NYC14 has a variety of options for critiques.

CMA Critiques: You’ll get 50 minutes of an expert’s undivided attention to discuss your newspaper, magazine, yearbook or website. Pay for your critique when you register for the convention online, and you’ll be contacted about a time slot. Check in with our critiques coordinator in the registration area with questions or to help you find your table. If you didn’t register online but you’d still like a critique, check with our critiques coordinator. If there are still slots available, we’d love to fit you in.

Broadcast students have two sessions to discuss their work, both at 9 a.m. Saturday:

Student Television Critiques: Your TV show has been seen by your adviser or professor, your friends and even your mom. But you still want an unbiased opinion on what you’re doing well and what you can do better. Bring your show on a flash drive in QuickTime format and have a former television producer turned veteran media adviser give you a quick and constructive critique. Jim Hayes, Vanderbilt University and College Media Association

Student Radio Critiques: You've listened, your adviser has listened, your friends have listened ... even your Aunt Sue tuned in once. But you still want an unbiased opinion on how you can make your radio show better.  Bring your aircheck on a flash drive in MP3 format and have a former radio professional turned educator give you a quick and constructive critique. Len O'Kelly, Grand Valley State University