Category Archives: Student Members

Preparing Future Broadcasters: WDIV’s Mara MacDonald will Address Students as BCBC’17 Keynote Speaker

The MAB Foundation is excited to announce that Mara MacDonald, Reporter at WDIV-TV (Detroit), will address students as the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 10. Mara’s experience as a reporter and her love of Michigan, combined with her ability to dig up the truth and hard hitting interview skills, make her the perfect person to address the future broadcasters that attend BCBC.

BCBC ’17 is quickly approaching! The MAB Foundation is looking forward to meeting future broadcasters and educating students about our exciting field. This conference is definitely one of our favorites because it gets both students and current broadcasters involved in the learning experience.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!

 DATE & LOCATION

Friday, November 10
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lansing Community College – West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing

Early registration is only $20 until October 27!
($35 after October 27) and includes lunch!

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at MyBCBC.com.

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm, timm@michmab.com, to learn more and sign up!

MORE ABOUT MARA:

“Sitting in the WDIV lobby, waiting for my job interview, I was the most nervous I’d been in my entire life. I’d been considering a network job when the call came from Local 4. This was home. I was born here and grew up here and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, coming home to work on the #1 station is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

“When they inevitably asked why they should hire me, I gave them 2 reasons: my family is here and I’d rather be dipped in a vat of hot oil than embarrass them and what happens here matters to me, it’s not just another story.

“That was 2004 and after my first week, Devin Scillian looked at me and said ‘It’s like you’ve always been here.’

“I graduated from the Detroit Country Day School — Go Yellowjackets! And went on to get my degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I then started working my way up the ladder in TV with stops at WLNS in Lansing, WRIC in Richmond, Va., and WITI in Milwaukee, Wisc. I won a slew of awards along the way.

“People ask me about my first name all the time. Mara is a Latvian name. She’s a goddess in Latvian mythology. Not a surprising pick since my dad is an immigrant from Latvia. If you ever see us out and about and hear an unfamiliar language, we’re speaking Latvian. I’m on Facebook, and @maramacdonald on Twitter where in between tweets on the news of the day you may just spy a couple in Latvian.”

MARA’S FAVORITE 4

  • Favorite vacation spot in Michigan: Bay Harbor
  • Favorite book: Can’t narrow it down to one but love everything from To Kill A Mockingbird to Game of Thrones
  • Favorite movie: Anything 007
  • Favorite Song: Pearl Jam’s cover of The Who classic “Reign O’er Me”

2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards

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Information has been sent to educational institutions across Michigan and is available on the MAB website about the 2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards.  If you are a teacher, advisor or professor, please make sure to post the information for your students and help them to participate in this year’s awards program. Students can submit work in several broadcasting categories.

Attention broadcasters:  you can help encourage young people to enter the broadcasting industry by calling area high schools and colleges that you have relationships with and encourage the faculty advisor to have students participate.  Schools or colleges need not have a specific broadcasting curriculum; it could be a club, English class or a digital media group.  They just need to have an audio/video program of some kind that is directed by an advisor who will sign their application forms.  You can also help by volunteering to judge these online entries.

Important Dates

Friday, December 16, 2016
Contest Entry Deadline
All entries must be submitted via the online entry system.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Student Broadcast Awards Presentation & Luncheon
Lansing Center, Lansing MI

For questions, please contact Alisha Clack, MAB Foundation Executive Manager of Program and Development: clack@michmab.com or 517.484.7444.

HOMTV Summer 2016 Internship Program Application Deadline

HOMTV (Meridian Township) has been equipping interns with tools for success for 35 years.  Dozens go through their internship program every year and hundreds have found successful jobs in the television and communications industry as a result. If you know of anyone who you think would benefit from practical, hands-on experience in television reporting, production, or social media and promotion, HOMTV encourages you to direct them to www.homtv.net for more information and to submit the online application, available here: bit.ly/ApplicationHOMTVIntern.

The application deadline for the Summer 2016 Internship Program has been extended to April 1, 2016.  HOMTV notes that the Summer semester is an exciting time with a big election year ahead, both nationally and locally.  HOMTV provides intense award-winning election coverage and they would like new interns to be a part of it.

HOMTV will begin reviewing applications and sending out interview invitations on Tuesday, April 5.