8:00 a.m. | Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. | Welcome Address

9:30 a.m. | Networking Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Breakout Session 1

  •  All About Sports Broadcasting

    Jeff Byle, Executive Producer at Fox Sports Detroit,
    Joe Jason, President of Joe Jason Media,
    John Johnson, Director of Broadcast Properties at MHSAA,
    Ryan Ranguette, On-Air Producer at 97.1 The Ticket, Fox Sports Marquette

    On-Air sports broadcasting and professional play-by-play positions are one of the most sought-after careers for students, but sometimes those coveted roles can be few and far between. In this panel-style session, sports broadcasting professionals will share their insights on how you can start now to ensure your spot in the industry and give important tips on networking and internships. They’ll also discuss the business side of sports media and share why you should become an expert in all things sports related right now.
  • Finding your way into the Corporate, Commercial or Feature Film Industry, a Primer

    Mark Adler, VAIdigital, Co-Founder of Michigan Production Alliance

    Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to work on a film set? This session will be packed with information that will help you get into the film and video industry and walk onto sets feeling strong! Industry professional and co-founder of the Michigan Production Alliance Mark Adler provides an overview of what you can expect and what is expected of YOU! On the set of corporate projects, commercials or feature films.
  • Sales is your gateway into the Media Industry

    Mark Jaycox, Vice President and General Manager, Midwest Communications (Lansing)


    Selling means connecting your products and services to meet the needs of your customer. When selling media, what are your products? There are more than you think…there’s more to media than commercial spots! In this session you’ll learn about the exciting products in today’s media marketplace, practice conducting a Client Needs Analysis, and discover how a position in sales just may be your steppingstone into the industry.
  • Speed Networking 1: You have five minutes to ask the most important question of your career… GO! This popular session allows emerging professionals a unique opportunity to meet with Michigan broadcast professionals in a personal, one-on-one style setting. Come prepared with great questions and ready to make a good impression. (Pre-registration required)

10:45 a.m | Networking Break – Main Concourse

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. | Breakout Session 2

  • The Secrets News Directors WANT You to Know

    Jam Sardar, News Director, WLNS-TV (Lansing),

    Sean Mahon, News Director, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac),
    Jerome Vaughn, News Director, WDET-FM (Detroit),
    Rhonda LaVelle, News Director, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)

    If getting the attention of a News Director isn’t enough, navigating the interview and follow up process can be even more complicated. What experience should I highlight? Do I really need to wear a suit? Should I wait to hear something or follow up right away? This panel discussion will focus on what News Directors expect through the interview process and help to set realistic expectations for new professionals. You’ll also learn about some latest trends in news and digital and get a behind-the-scenes look at day-to-day newsroom life.
  • Power of Video Storytelling in Marketing Campaigns
    Justin Wedes, Digital Storyteller, Flow Video

    In 2018, one-third of all online user time was spent watching video. The world of online video is rapidly pivoting to reach constituents, audiences, customers, and donors. It takes skill and effort to tell a compelling story online, and we are busy producing and being consumed with a variety of media to narrow in on a well-refined content strategy. In this presentation, award-winning digital storyteller Justin Wedes will give you the technical tips and tricks to effective video storytelling — one of the most effective marketing tools in 2019. He’ll cover a range of thought-provoking questions: Why is video the most effective way to reach people, and inspire action, online? How can I use a unique storytelling video to communicate a mission or vision? What are the basic steps of a video marketing campaign? and How do I make stunning, effective videos without breaking the bank?

  • Content Marketing to the Right Audience

    Jon Flis,
    Director of Marketing, TEGNA, WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids)

    Learn how to effectively market a product or service to fulfill your client’s needs. Go through the process with an actual client case: identify the target audience, choose the proper delivery mediums, and create and customize effective messaging. With today’s savvy audience, traditional messaging just won’t cut it! So learn how to create consumable content with your message. Led by an award-winning, 18-year veteran of local tv and movies, take a creative journey and get a taste of the world of marketing.
  • Speed Networking 2: You have five minutes to ask the most important question of your career… GO! This popular session allows emerging professionals a unique opportunity to meet with Michigan broadcast professionals in a personal, one-on-one style setting. Come prepared with great questions and ready to make a good impression. (Pre-registration required)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Career Fair

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Professional Headshots (Pre-registration required, must be 18+)

12:00 p.m. |  Lunch A

12:45 p.m. |  Lunch B

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Breakout Session 3

  • Resume Workshop

    Pam Manor, Director of Human Resources and Accounting, WNEM-TV (Saginaw)


    Are you ready to begin your broadcasting and media career or internship search? Could your resume use some help? What you decide to put in your resume matters. Learn to make the most of your first impression tools by discovering what potential employers are looking to learn about you from your resume. During this session, broadcast professionals will critique resumes, give tips on how to best prepare for your career search, and provide tips on how to pass an interview successfully. Learn the most effective ways to build your professional network base to advance your career. If you wait until graduation in May to work on a resume it may be too late!Do you want your resume/cover letter critiqued at BCBC? Send us a copy by Wednesday, October 23. Our mentors will review and re-work your resume or cover letter and present the changes during this session. Send it as an attachment to [email protected] then plan on attending this Resume and Cover Letter Workshop at BCBC to get a hold of your new and improved resume and cover letter!
  • Top 10 Tips for Better Filmmaking

    Steve Julin,
    Owner, Cleverscope Marketing

    Focusing on various methods designed to enhance your video production skills, this workshop is aimed at making your videos outshine the rest. Join seasoned filmmaker and digital marketer, Steve Julin as he shares his top ten tips for shooting better video and telling better stories. This session will cover creative camera techniques, capturing audio, lighting techniques and general filmmaking tips that will improve your skills on the next video you shoot.
  • Advisors Share All (Educators Only)

    Bob Gould, Broadcast Instructor, MSU School of Journalism,

    Randy Scott, Teacher, Davison High School

    Come with new ideas to share and hear! Chat with other educators about the new and exciting technology and platforms communications programs are using throughout the state.
  • Student advisory Committee Meeting (Invitation Only)
  • All About Promotions

    Crystal Smoot,
    Events Coordinator, iHeartMedia

    You’ve heard about one…and you’ve probably stopped by one. A radio road crew event is more than just a chance for listeners to win a prize or be on the radio. Hosting a radio event at a business is a time-tested strategy to give key clients a significant ROI and help to spread the word about an important event/promotion/sale for that brand. Learn how radio promotions teams collaborate with multiple departments to create and execute creative solutions for their clients all while having fun, promoting their brand, and gaining their clients’ trust.

2:30 p.m. | Networking Break

2:45-3:30 p.m. | Keynote Address – Brad Galli, Sports Anchor, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)