Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session I
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Trustee Science Center (TSC) & Springfield Hall

Abby Whisnant & Kathryn Wilson - Learning Video in College (TSC)
Come see what college students are learning about video production from two college students going through that experience right now. Abby and Kathryn are classmates in Drury’s Video 1 class. They’ll show clips from the projects they’ve produced this semester and explain what they’ve learned about the fundamentals of video production. This is a good session for beginning video producers and anyone wanting to know more about college level media production.  Feel free to ask any question about college life in general.

Dr. Jonathan Groves – Better Blogging (Springfield Hall Lab A)
Reaching the world with Wordpress. Learn the basics of this popular blogging platform in this one-hour session to reach audiences around the world. This session will include tips on creating and formatting posts for maximum impact. Jonathan is a multimedia and journalism professor at Drury University.

Greg Booker – Shooting Better Stills (TSC)
Anyone can aim a point and shoot camera. Photographers however, can capture moments that live forever. Here's your chance to improve your still photography skills from a professional with over three decades of experience. After working as a photographer for the Kansas City Star, Greg recently returned to his alma mater Drury University where he is now Assistant Professor of Art & Art History. Greg also teaches digital storytelling to Drury's journalism majors.

Jim Rea – “Miking Bands” Carole Lambert Studios (Shewmaker)
You can make any live performance sound better with a good audio technician on your team. Jimmy is an electrifying musician who plays piano, anything with strings, and the saxophone. Jimmy is also a certified audio engineer producing albums for many different bands. Come learn the best way to mic everything from drums to piano to guitar. Feel free to stay after the session and ask questions. Jimmy loves to talk audio.

Breakout Session II
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Trustee Science Center & Shewmaker

Joanna Small – Shooting as a One Man Band (TSC)
When you are the shooter, reporter, and editor, then you are the One Man Band who does it all. Joanna is a local anchor, reporter, and shooter for the ABC affiliate in Springfield, Missouri and loves to talk field production. There’s a lot to know about shooting for yourself and shooting yourself when it’s time to do a stand up. Come get some great tips from one of the best.

Melody Pettit - Reporter tips (TSC)
This session will cover everything a reporter should know (and need) before they go into the field. Melody will discuss the art of interviews and building a report from that interview. Melody earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Brigham Young University in Utah.  She started her broadcast career in Kearney, Nebraska where she was the first female sports anchor and reporter.  Melody then moved to Salina, KS to work for KWCH.  She was quickly promoted to news anchor and reporter at the same station's headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. Currently Melody is an Anchor/Reporter for KSPR News in Springfield, MO.

Dave Davis/Maggie Eubanks - “Teacher Talk" - Teachers Only
(FSC Presidents Dinning Room)
Dave Davis started "HTV Magazine" at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Missouri, the fall of 1989.  The monthly program is now in its 25th year, and though Davis retired from full-time teaching in May of 2012, he is still the adviser of HTV as well as the manager of the school's website.  Davis is the director of the "ASB Workshops" which have provided training for broadcast teachers since the summer of 2000.  He also founded the HTV Bus Tours, a convergence/mobile journalism experience that continued in the summer of 2013 with a ten-day trip to the Rocky Mountains.  Joining Dave in this session with scholarship and contest information is Maggie Eubanks, the Executive Director of NATAS Midwest.

 Lunch is provided immediately afterward.

Special Session
11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Anchor Training
Carole Lambert Studios (Shewmaker)

This is a chance for anchors to practice on the teleprompter before the 1 p.m. Anchor Contest.  Come for just a short time or stay for the entire session. Carole is a Drury Alumna and veteran who recently retired from her post as news anchor with KTUL in Tulsa and was inducted into the Oklahoma Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Carole is a frequent visitor in the studio, advising Drury anchors on their on air delivery and news writing.

Breakout Session III
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Trustee Science Center

Bill Elliot - Commercial Production (TSC)
From bidding out the project to client relations, every commercial production comes with numerous challenges for producers. Bill will use real world examples to show how they tackle these and other issues at E Squared Video Production. Bill first touched video production gear in 1984.  It changed his life, and he knew he wanted to make a career of it.  Cutting his teeth at independent production facilities, Bill has learned to ignore job titles and just do what needs to get done on the set and in post.  As a founding partner of E Squared, Bill has a goal of providing the highest quality video production in a creative atmosphere, all at a reasonable cost.

Jim Becker - Shooting interviews and cutaways  (Shewmaker Lobby)
There is a trick to shooting good interviews and getting quality sound bites. Jim Becker knows all of them. Jim began his career working for NBC affiliates KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri and KY3 in Springfield, Missouri. He claims to have done just about every job at a television station except working in sales. Jim gave up the corporate world to start his own company. After six years he merged his company with E Squared Video Services in Springfield.

Steve Cortez - "My top 22 shortcuts in FCP X" (TSC)
It’s official, Final Cut X is awesome and you will see why.  Steve loves this editing software as much as anyone and loves to share the shortcuts that make FCPX so fantastic. Steve is a 20-year veteran of teaching with 12 years in the broadcasting classroom. He has been a certified trainer in Final Cut Pro since version 3. You are welcome to bring a laptop with FCP X loaded and of course ask Steve any FCP X questions you might have. Note: this session is not in a lab and computers are not supplied.