Convention gives students a chance to network

Posted: Tuesday, 13 November 2007

TROY -- A few months after attending the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) National Convention in Chicago and meeting Ernie Anastos, Fox News 5 news anchor in New York, Josh Gauntt landed an internship in New York himself.

Gauntt, a senior broadcast journalism major from Valley and president of the TROY chapter of NBS, and 10 other students, are headed to a NBS convention again, except this time it’s regional. The students will leave the Troy Campus Nov. 15 enroute to Boca Raton, Fla. for the Region 3 Convention.

The convention will include guest speakers, workshops and an audio-visual competition, but for Mary King, a senior broadcast journalism major from Bethany, Conn., the networking aspect of the trip is what she is looking forward to.

“I’m interested to see how students work from all around Region 3,” said King. “We have to remember that we are not just competing with people from Alabama when looking for a job, but we are competing with people all over the nation, so I want to know what I’m up against.”

Gauntt also agreed that networking is a big part of this trip and that it plays a big role when looking for a job in the business.

“It’s all about who you know in this business,” said Gauntt. “These conventions are good networking tools.”

Gauntt also said that the speakers that are brought in are a big part of the convention. The speakers are professionals within the field that give advice to the members about landing their first job.

“It’s hard enough getting your first job,” said Gauntt. “It’s good if you can get some help.”

Dr. Jefferson Spurlock, an assistant professor in the University’s Hall School of Journalism, serves as the NBS advisor. The group will return to Troy on Nov. 18.

In recent history, the TROY chapter has won regional and national accolades including the NBS’ Model Chapter and Most Improved Chapter of the Year in 2006.

Attending the convention from Troy University are: Cherisa Barton, a senior broadcast journalism major from Ozark, Taryn Driggers, a junior athletic training education major from Virginia Beach, Va., Katie Galloway, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from St. George Island, Fla., Josh Gauntt, a senior broadcast journalism major from Valley, Sara Godwin, a senior print journalism major from Loxley, Britney Gooden, a junior broadcast journalism major from Milton, Fla., Mary King, a senior broadcast journalism major from Bethany, Conn., Ji Ma, a junior broadcast journalism major from the People’s Republic of China, Miao Miao, a junior broadcast journalism major from the People’s Republic of China, Stephanie Spurlock, a senior graphic design/photography major from Columbus, Ind., and Mark Vaughn, a senior broadcast journalism major from Mobile.