The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters held its annual student workshop on February 24, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in New Orleans.
The LAB offers plenty of opportunities to lead student growth in the radio and television industries across the state of Louisiana. They have helped to educate young men and women so they can further their careers in the field of broadcast. This event, which is its third consecutive year, was originally supposed to take place back in October of 2017 but, it was postponed due to the threat of a hurricane. All panelist were sent home and students were urged to stay indoors and safe from the server weather conditions.
This workshop also gives students from colleges and universities across the state to hear the experiences of professionals in the field of broadcast. There were two different panels for this event, broadcast, and radio. The panel for television broadcasting was the largest with guests such as CBS Senior Correspondent Rita Braver, news director Gary Wordlaw, digital pilot project manager for Hearst Television Clint Durrett, and lawyer Robert Barnett. The panelist from this panel talked mainly about their path and not only doing what is being told to do but also to do more especially during internships and to ask for more tasks and always continue to learn and work on the art of correctly communicating.
The following panelist was radio personality LaTangela Sherman, operations manager at Gauanty Media Cade Voisin, and regional vice president for Cumulus Media, Patrick Galloway Jr. This panel consisted more of being true to yourself and finding your voice. They also talked how hosting a show is not only about hosting but about the different levels and positions within the radio. Each panel spent time answering the questions of various students who attended the workshop.
Students were also given the opportunity to network with potential employers such as WDSU, Raycom Media, and Guaranty media. Among the students who attended was Southeastern’s own Tyler Guidroz who was offered an interview for a part-time job doing studio production for Fox 8. “It was a great learning experience,” he said, “it was a great opportunity to listen to the experience and advice of professionals who have worked in the field of broadcast.”
After the panel had concluded, students were given the opportunity to tour the WDSU building. This allowed them to learn how a newsroom works and see how a newsroom operates.
The LAB was originally established back in 1947 with the main goal of promoting the growing broadcast industry in Louisiana. They have given back to the students throughout the years with scholarships and given a multitude of opportunities to explore broadcasting. As they continue to teach and assist young minds in the area of this ever-growing industry.