Rising member totals propel BEA’s success


Broadcast Education Association President Max Mazik.
Photo Credit: Larshell Green

The excitement of creating projects outside the classroom in niche groups has persuaded students to flock to the university’s Broadcast Education Association. The organization has maintained the most documented members in a communication organization for the last two semesters.
Senior communication major Max Mazik serves as BEA’s current president. He gained the title in spring 2018 and hopes to maintain it until next fall.
“I want to inform the students in the entire school about film and video and how it helps us everyday to understand and have a basic knowledge of cameras, audio and video,” said Mazik.
Within the Department of Languages and Communication, BEA is known for their recruitment and retention of members. Mazik attributes this success to how the organization is marketed to students who are enrolled in the course Communication 102, a course that requires students to gain membership in a communication organization or complete an internship in their field.
“Last semester, there were about 60 members on the roster,” said Mazik. “We have twice as many people on the roster as opposed to who actually comes to the meetings. On paper, we do actually have the largest group in the department. At this very time in our generation, this is a very tech field area. Press Club is not supposed to be all writing, but that’s what it is portrayed to be. When people hear about BEA and film, that sounds fun to them.”
Mazik feels that when organizations market themselves to prospective members, they should publicize the most important details during introductions.
“I tend to hint at the other stuff like editing to get them interested in the field,” said Mazik. “It’s kind of like telling them, there’s a $10 membership fee. Well, they know that’s there, but they don’t want to hear about it. It’s like when you go and buy a car, they don’t tell you that you have to do this, this and this until after you’ve bought the car. I’m gonna tell you about the other stuff, but only after I know that you’re in the field, and this is what you want to do.”
Senior communication major Tyler Rogers became a member of BEA in spring 2016 after former member Jeremy Rhodes persuaded him to join. Last fall, Rogers, now vice president, became an officer when former BEA President Courtney Bruno offered him the position of creative producer for the organization’s YouTube channel.
Rogers describes BEA as an organization that does, “fun and engaging activities and fundraisers and serves as a stress reliever during busy school weeks.”
Members of BEA can expect to produce content for the organization’s YouTube channel such as podcasts, short films, news packages and comedy videos. Through fundraisers, members  will help prepare to visit the Video Game Tournament and Media Festival annually.
In addition to BEA’s YouTube channel, Mazik chooses to incorporate guest speakers from the professional world and weekly group projects. He does this to offer an extended learning environment outside communication classrooms.
“Sometimes, with college classrooms, instructors can only cover the basis, they can’t really get into the nitty gritty and delve deeper, that’s where the BEA steps in,” said Mazik. “We want everyone to find a niche in that field. What comes out of it depends on what they want to do. There’s a lot of interactive projects.”
Mazik admits that by seeing the methods that former BEA presidents used to lead the organization, he developed his own unique skill sets. Those skills involved being open minded and confident in his decisions.
“ I don’t wanna be the kind of president that says, ‘Here’s my foot, you can’t go past it,'” said Mazik. “Presidents like that make it hard for them to talk to. I’m not necessarily a push over, but I want them to understand that, if there’s a different way of going about it, then let me know.”
Rogers shared his perspective of why students should join the organization.
“We love to teach and build up one another,” said Rogers. “The field of broadcast is very competitive. Being a BEA member definitely helps to gain an edge for our futures.”
Prospective members can visit BEA’s website, Facebook or Instagram accounts for more information: www.selubea.com, www.facebook.com/selubea and www.instagram.com/selu_bea.
For members interested in joining BEA, the officers urge them to be prepared to display hard work and dedication. Mazik recommends refining skills outside of meetings and staying realistic about career goals.
“You have to know what you’re getting yourself into,” said Mazik. “Don’t think you’re gonna be famous within a year. I want people to understand that it’s not going to be butter smooth. It’s going to be choppy and very hard. It’s a long road. Essentially, I just want anyone to know that if you are the type of person to put 150% into everything that you do, there’s a better chance that you will be more successful in this field than you will be in everything else.”

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