By Ryan Vanderhei
Twenty-seven members of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) at KU took a recent trip to Los Angeles, C.A. for the NBS national convention. NBS is a national society comprised of college students seeking jobs in the fields of broadcasting and electronic media who meet and network with professionals.
The convention, which is held in a different U.S. city every year, took place in Burbank, C.A. in the convention center at the Burbank Marriott. Students from over 50 different schools across the country came to participate in the annual convention.
Panels were held in separate time slots during the day to give diverse choices to students so they could decide what areas interested them. The panels highlighted several different areas of study attempting to reach every aspect of electronic media from screenwriting and film to sports casting and breaking news.
Students then sat down to hear firsthand experiences, advice and words of guidance from a panel of real world professionals. At the end of each session, students had a chance to ask questions and network with the panelists.
Some of the panels even featured KU alumni, including Zoey Grolman and Eric Wilson.
Grolman is a production assistant at Vibe Creative and Wilson works as a Clearance Coordinator at Thinkfactory Media.
In addition to Grolman and Wilson, KU also had an executive presence at the convention. Dr. Chuk, Board of Governors Chair, was a previous KU electronic media professor. Accompanying Dr. Chuk on the board was KU alumna Gina Johnson.
The opportunities that the convention offered to students were endless, including coordinated trips to network show tapings, large studio tours and other discounts in the area.
When KU students were not busy learning and networking, they made the most out of their stay on the west coast. Trips to the Hollywood sign, downtown Hollywood, California beaches and professional sports events highlighted some of the activities that took place. Some of the students also received a behind the scenes tour of Warner Bros. studios and attended a network taping of the popular CBS sitcom, Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen.
KU is a previous winner of the NBS Chapter of the Year award. Even though the university fell short this year, they will be back with determination next year.