The AWRT Montclair State University Chapter is the newest
student chapter chartered by the national organization American Women in Radio
and Television. Eleven student members along with chapter advisor Patricia
Piroh, represented Montclair at the annual Media Forum in Washington DC.
Students had the opportunity to hear from leaders in media as well as participate in sessions with professionals in the industry. Key note speaker Lara Logan, chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, gave a motivational speech about her rise to her current position. She also spoke about how she balances her personal and professional life as a mother and wife and as one of the world’s best foreign correspondents. In addition, President of Katz Direct, Chickie Bucco, President and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association, Julie Coons, Senior Vice President of Granite Broadcasting, Marcy Timpone, and a host of other industry leaders hosted several breakout sessions. They shared information on marketing one’s self, creating a positive workplace in a tough economy, managing new revenue streams, and putting together an A-team, among other topics.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a speed networking session with student and professional AWRT members from chapters around the country. Members paired off for five-minute increments to network, giving the Montclair students the chance to meet other members and also the opportunity to exchange innovative ideas for achieving personal and chapter goals.
AWRT Montclair State University Chapter Co-Presidents Annica Riley and Tanya Taylor stated “Following our experience at the Media Forum, we are committed to increasing our membership with quality candidates and we are confident that we will represent AWRT and MSU in an excellent manner.”--Annica Riley