In case you’re looking to ramp up that Rolodex (sidebar: does anyone really use a traditional one anymore?), look no further.
Dan Reimold of College Media Matters compiled a list of “the most indispensable, regional, national and international conferences in 2014 for individuals practicing, teaching, advising and studying journalism.”
Whether it’s the sports reporting training camp or the management seminar for collegiate news editors, it’s all good. This, of course, gives us the opportunity to remind students of the basics for conference success.
1. Study the agenda and target who you want to meet. If there’s speaker you want to introduce yourself to, approach them right after their talk but in order to get your game plan ready, you’ll need to do some homework.
2. Get business cards made. Even though you’re in college, it doesn’t mean you can’t work it! And by working it we mean having a card to give others as a way to stay in touch. And then remember to connect on LinkedIn, too.
3. Have fun. Sometimes at conferences it’s easy to get caught up in the busy schedule, hashtag discussions or networking, but you’re attending it for a reason. Get the most out of it by staying present to the moment and enjoying the process.