Communications Day started as Press Day in 1936. Its purpose was to expose students to media professionals and give them a taste of the excitement a career in journalism can bring. In those days, it was called “Press” Day because the world communicated mainly through presses that produced newspapers and magazines. Today, people still communicate through newspapers and magazines, but also through television, computers, smartphones and other devices. Though the name has changed, the purpose of CommDay has not; it’s just gotten bigger, a lot more creative, interactive and exciting.
CommDay 2018, to be held Friday, Oct. 19, is a chance to take a glimpse into your future, a chance to see if some aspect of the broad field of professional communication might be something you’d like to think about. Maybe you’d like to look into being a sports broadcaster or a newspaper reporter, like any of the six Pulitzer Prize winning journalists who went to St. Bonaventure. Does the digital world appeal to you? Or would you like to be one of those crazy advertising Mad Men? It could even be public relations for an environmental protection crusade that excites you.
CommDay at St. Bonaventure gives you a chance to learn about these types of communications. We’ve made many changes over the past couple of years and we’ve also listened to our participating high school advisers. So, we’ve made a few more changes this year and kept what students liked as noted below:
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Arrive on campus for breakfast in the Murphy Professional Building atrium. Groups set up their projects in Friedsam Memorial Library as directed upon check-in.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Judges arrive and Group One schools participating in the CommPetition discuss their projects. Group Two will participate in workshops in Murphy.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Group Two schools participating in the CommPetition will go to Friedsam Memorial Library to discuss their projects. Group One will participate in workshops in Murphy.
Workshops (Workshops will be repeated so both sessions will have the same material covered. Rooms to be determined.):
Please register for workshops on the Intent to Participate Form so that we may plan accordingly.
11:00 a.m. Both groups go to lunch at the Hickey Dining Hall (If students want a tour, this would be the time to participate. The SBU Bookstore will also be open – this would be the time to shop.)
(Judges will discuss the presentations and tally all score sheets during the lunch break.)
11:45 a.m. Convene in the Dresser Auditorium in the Murphy Professional Building for judges’ critique of the work and presentation of awards to the winners.
Following the awards presentation, judges and professors will be available for an open question and answer session with all students.
12:30 p.m. Students leave campus.
Your challenge for St. Bonaventure University’s CommDay 2018 is address how you find gender in print and entertainment to be portrayed, especially in this age of Me Too.
What is wrong with the media portrayal of gender? Your project should focus on examples you’ve found and how you feel this should be addressed.
This competition is free to schools and students to both participate in and attend. Schools that participate in CommDay are not required to enter the CommPetition; it is entirely optional. We are limiting each team to 10 people, but schools may enter more than one team. There is no cost for additional teams.
We encourage students to work together in teams of no more than 10 people, much as they might in a professional communications company, to develop and produce a compelling video, series of photos, or series of feature/news articles addressing the topic. Students will be able to use social and digital media tools they already know, skills they’ve learned in high school like writing, broadcasting, and photography, and any other skills they’ve forged on their own.
The deadline for posting and submitting your work is Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. Each school will select a team of no more than three people who will present, explain and “sell” the project to the judges and the public at CommDay on October 19.
The hallmark of any career in Journalism and Communication is telling an ordinary story truthfully, ethically and well. How will you tell yours?
There is no fee to participate or to attend CommDay. Schools may either participate in the competition or join us for the day to have breakfast, view the submissions, participate in workshops, and have lunch. If you are unable to physically join us on the SBU campus, you may participate remotely. Since all entries will be submitted prior to CommDay, you may use Skype, Zoom, Lifesize, or another remote broadcast technology to join us to present your work. Please contact us for more information if this is an option you choose. You need not be present to win, but if you do, we will want you back “online” to present your award to you.
Please complete the attached Intent to Participate Form at the end of this packet and return to the address below by the dates noted.
A limited number of bus grants are available to assist schools with the cost of transportation to this event. Please email Kathy Boser at email@example.com by Friday, September 28 if you wish to apply for a bus grant.
If you have any questions at any time, please contact Kathy Boser, St. Bonaventure University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, P.O. Box J, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778; 716-375-7808; firstname.lastname@example.org
For video entries:
For feature/news stories:
For photography displays:
The judges will look for:
For your display presentation:
Things to consider:
Our panel of professional judges will judge you based on:
Awards will be given in the following categories:
Each student who attends CommDay 2018 will receive a swag bag.
Best in show - $1,000 SBU scholarship* to each member of the winning team
Best in category - $500 SBU scholarship* to each member of the winning team
All winning participants will receive a take home prize from the SBU grab bag that may include backpacks, water bottles, pens, etc., and winning schools will receive a plaque that will be mailed out to advisers.
* SBU first-year scholarships are for students who are admitted to and then enroll at St. Bonaventure University in any major.
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