Joe Little is a television news journalist at KNSD in San Diego, Calif. He’s a proud Multimedia Journalist and often travels the country with his Garden Gnome teaching his strategies for better storytelling, on-camera performances and time management.
Joe has been awarded 12 Emmys and was a finalist for the NPPA’s Photojournalism Award for Reporting in 2017. His creative stories have taken viewers as far away as Pakistan; to a story completely contained inside a dumpster.
Joe’s mantra: “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”
It has served him well since 1999 as he zigzagged across the country as a television news reporter and anchor with stops in Hagerstown, Maryland; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; San Diego and Carlsbad, California. Joe has taught journalists and students from around the world how to improve their visual storytelling. He joined the faculty at the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma in 2013. Coincidentally, that was also the last year Joe used a stick mic.
His coverage of the 9/11 attacks is among Joe’s greatest accomplishments. He was four miles away from Shanksville, Pennsylvania when United Flight 93 crashed. Joe was one of the first reporters on the scene. His accounts are included in a book called Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report on 9/11. Joe’s expertise has also been included in a number of journalism textbooks.
Joe received his Masters from Syracuse University in 1999. But he credits George Mason University with building a strong foundation for his career. In 1998, he earned his BA in Speech Communication. While at Mason, Joe was a proud member of the Men’s Basketball Team (Career Totals: 2 points, 3 rebounds). In 2010, the Department of Communication and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences named Joe the Alumnus of the Year.
Laurie Kahn is Creator and President of Media Staffing Network, Inc., the first staffing company to cater exclusively to media sales and associated departments for full time placement, consulting and career coaching for the Agency, Broadcast, Cable, Internet, Digital, New Media and Print industries. Successfully placing people since 1993, now offers solutions to finding local sellers in all market sizes.
Laurie will present “Positioning and Creating a Culture to Attract, Hire and Retain Employees” at the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show.
Kahn’s more than 25 years experience in media includes local and national sales positions in both large and small markets; turn around expertise with new formats; and local and national management positions.
Kahn is currently involved with various industry associations and participates at career fairs, colleges and webinars to educate individuals about career opportunities. Kahn conducts seminars targeting all aspects of talent acquisition, job search and how to grow your career. In addition, Kahn has authored articles appearing in Career Builder, Chicago Tribune, Sales and Marketing Magazine, Radio Ink, Young Money, and Inside the Minds “Staffing Leadership Strategies” to name a few. Kahn has been featured in Crain’s/Chicago and quoted in the Wall Street Journal. She has also developed courses for women re-entering the work force and has mentored numerous women in media.
Kahn has been an elected member of MIW (Most Influential Women in Media) yearly since 2008 and has received numerous awards for sales and management throughout her career.
She regularly presents workplace topics to industry associations nationwide, including Broadcast Education Association, Chicago Advertising Federation, National Association of Broadcasters, Broadcast & Financial Managers Assn. and the Radio Advertising Bureau.
The MAB Foundation hosted its annual Broadcasting Career Builder Conference at Lansing Community College’s West Campus on November 16. More than 160 high school and college students participated this year! Over 65 professionals were on hand to engage the future broadcasters with session presentations, sharing their expertise as speed-networking mentors and hosting career fair booths.
Students were able to learn and network during sessions and the future of the broadcasting industry looks bright with these students making their way into the professional field. A big thanks to all of the sponsors, contributors, speakers and everyone who participated to make this event such a wonderful success!
In 2016, Marisa Kwiatkowski and her colleagues launched an investigation into USA Gymnastics that revealed top officials at the sport’s national governing body failed to report many allegations of sexual abuse by coaches and showed how predators exploited a lax culture to prey on children.
Marisa is a reporter for The Indianapolis Star, where she handles investigations relating to social services and welfare issues, including child abuse and neglect, poverty, elder abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence and access to mental health services. She joins the exciting line up of presenters who will be on hand for the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 & 6 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.
As a result of the investigation into USA Gymnastics , more than 330 women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Larry Nassar, a longtime team physician who worked in four Olympic games. Nassar was convicted of criminal charges and sent to prison. The series also spurred Congress to pass a bill that would make it a federal crime for national governing bodies to fail to immediately report alleged sexual abuse.
In 2013, Marisa received two national awards, as well as state and regional awards, for her coverage of the difficulties of children with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities to receive appropriate mental health services. She found parents falsely admitting to neglect in order to secure services for their children. After Marisa’s series published, state officials pledged up to $25 million per year to close the funding gap.
Marisa has earned more than 50 journalism awards, including Indiana Journalist of the Year, IRE’s Tom Renner Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award in public service, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. Prior to The Star, Marisa worked for media outlets in northwestern Indiana, South Carolina and Michigan. One of her articles, “The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons,” became the most-read piece in The Star’s history.
Join us March 6, 2019 to hear national expert Ray talk big-time “Marketing and Promotions.”
Ray Tejeda is a Vice President at iHeartMedia working with 150 markets on brand partnerships at events and experiential market properties. He is responsible for collaborating with the national sales teams and individual markets to drive sponsorship revenue across thousands of local events, national tent-poles, the iHeartRadio theaters, and in-market studio and performance lounge integrated assets.
Ray started his career on the record label side at Atlantic Records where he was in charge of planning/buying media and developing strategic marketing plans for Album releases and artist tours. He transitioned to the advertising agency world where
he spent more than seven years at two mid-sized shops (Pedone & Partners and Warren Kremer Paino). He moved up within both organizations to account director and a manager of the agency’s Brand Audit Group, pointing brands such as Ritz Carlton, Bulova, Hershey Entertainment, Ralph Lauren Polo Stores and Maine Tourism, to name a few.
Ray joined iHeartMedia 11 years ago as a senior Account Executive in New York at the world famous Z100, where he quickly moved into management of New York’s three largest station properties Z100, Power 105 and KTU. In his role in the market, he created many revenue generating events, while increasing the revenue of the station’s signature events (Powerhouse, KTUphoria and Jingle Ball) and leading a large team of Account Executives.
He has a proven track record of successfully monetizing and building events with a forward thinking mind in the event space.
Paul Weyland is an international speaker, humorist, marketing, branding and sales strategist, consultant, trainer, author and university lecturer. Paul started in the late 1970s as an on-air radio personality. He then went on to prove himself on the street as a leading broadcast sales person, specializing in long-term local direct sales. Paul made a name for himself speaking to and working in executive-level positions in the television and radio business.
Among his experiences was a three-year assignment managing and training overseas broadcasters in Prague, Geneva and London. In 2000, he started his own marketing and consulting business. Since then Paul has been featured in sales symposiums world-wide, including sessions with the National Association of Broadcasters, Europe Radio Days and with virtually every State Broadcast Association in the United States. His speaking style is described as “dynamic,” “inspirational,” “engaging” and “hysterically funny.” His humor and real-world experience combine to create relevant tools that people and organizations can implement immediately to increase their bottom lines. Paul keeps his audience on the edge of their seats, laughing until their faces hurt and the makeup is running down their cheeks.
Come to the 2018 Broadcasting Career Builder Conference to get a behind the scenes look into broadcast stations. You’ll also have the chance to network with professionals, find out the best resume techniques, and participate in a career fair.
Online registration closes Friday, November 9. Tickets may be available at the door. Don’t miss out! Reserve your spot today!
Discover more about the “A Look Behind the Scenes” session offerings below:
Sales, Marketing and Production are all integral parts of local radio and television stations. Take a deep dive into the inner-workings of major local broadcasters to learn about all the functions that join forces to make a station tick. Demonstrate your news writing skills and write your own marketing plan and learn why the people who work in sales and marketing at stations are a major reason everyone gets a pay check.
Marketing Solution Case Study – 9:45 AM
Mentor: Jay Morris, Marketing Consultant, Midwest Communications, Inc.
This session will take students through the brainstorm process to show them how different station departments such as programming, editorial, sales and more all contribute to creating solutions for clients using a multi-media approach. In this case-study type session the marketing objective will be provided-it will be up to you to think of creative ways to achieve your goal and make the client happy!
The key to success in the news world is to be able to write something that makes the reader, viewer or listener want more. Content, and how content is written and presented, can make the difference. This workshop will allow you to demonstrate your news writing skills and give you the opportunity to present your story.
The MAB is excited to announce that CBS “60 Minutes” Correspondent Lara Logan will headline the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show when she deliver’s the keynote address at Michigan’s premier annual broadcast industry event.
Lara Logan’s bold, award-winning reporting has earned her a prominent spot among the world’s best foreign correspondents. Named a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent in May 2012, the 2016-17 season is her 12th at the newsmagazine.
The Great Lakes Media show will take place March 5 and 6 a the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Learn more and register at GreatLakesMediaShow.com
Logan was named CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent in February 2006 and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent in 2008, all while contributing to 60 Minutes beginning in 2005, and 60 Minutes II from 2001. Recent reports for 60 Minutes include the operation to take back Mosul from ISIS, a story on little-known victims of the Holocaust of WWII and another that reported on the similarities between ISIS genocide tactics’ and those of Hitler’s Final Solution. Her work has taken her from the front lines of the Ebola crisis to the forests of central Africa where she did a story on veterinarians treating endangered mountain gorillas in the wild, to Hollywood where she recently profiled one of rock ‘n roll’s most prolific photographers.
She obtained a rare interview with Jack Ma, founder of the giant Chinese Internet company Alibaba, took viewers inside the unique advertising campaign that helped bring an end to Colombia’s violent insurgency, and took the audience on an inspiring journey with the story of severely wounded veterans climbing some of the world’s tallest peaks.
In February 2011, Logan was almost killed in Tahrir Square in Egypt during the revolution there. She was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob of some 300 men while reporting a story for 60 Minutes on the Egyptian Revolution. She broke her silence about the brutal attack on 60 Minutes to draw attention to the plight of men and women, as well as female journalists covering war zones.
Few television reporters have spent as much time in Afghanistan as Logan has since the attacks of 9/11. And in 2010, her 60 Minutes report from the Afghan battlefield, “A Relentless Enemy” earned her electronic journalism’s highest award, a duPont – Columbia University Silver Baton. A powerful 2006 report for the CBS Evening News about U.S. Marines under fire in the most dangerous part of Iraq, won an Emmy, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Overseas Press Club award. “Ramadi: On the Front Line,” was a two-segment series, shot in part by Logan herself.
Among her most notable reports for 60 Minutes, her profile of Medal of Honor winner Salvatore Giunta which won the Emmy for Best Interview, a profile on International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde; a report on the controversial practice of raising exotic game on U.S. ranches; a penetrating interview with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto; and interviews with Gen John Allen and President Hamid Karzai that highlighted the return of Al Qaeda to Afghanistan long before that was ocially acknowledged.
Logan has interviewed many commanding generals during the war on terror, to include Gen. John Campbell, when he was running the war in Afghanistan, and Gen. John Abizaid when he was the Commander of United States Central Command.
Logan’s reports were an integral part of CBS News’ coverage of the war in Iraq, where she lived for almost five years. She was the only sta correspondent from an American network in Baghdad when the U.S. military invaded the city, reporting live from Firdos Square as the statue of Saddam fell. For weeks prior to that Logan shot, produced and reported on her own as Iraqi warplanes pounded the Iraqi capital and appeared on every broadcast at the news network.
In June 2007, Logan broke the story of the abuse of special needs Iraqi orphans on the CBS Evening News, a report that made headlines around the world. Also that year, she was one of few journalists who managed to gain permission to report from Darfur in Sudan.
Logan’s reporting from the frontlines of Afghanistan with Navy Seals hunting high value targets and another report with Green Berets searching for al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden appeared on 60 Minutes II and on the CBS Evening News, The Early Show and CBS News Radio, for which she served as a general assignment reporter. While reporting a 60 Minutes II story about the war near the Afghani-stan-Pakistan border in 2005, the military vehicle Logan was riding in hit a double-tank mine. The explosion seriously wounded two soldiers; she escaped with minor injuries.
Logan has received multiple Emmy Awards, several Murrow awards, an Overseas Press Club Award, the Daniel Pearl Award, Glamour Woman of the Year and five American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards, to name a few. In 2008 for Outstanding Feature-Hard News for the Iraqi orphans story; in 2004 for Individual Achievement for Best Reporter/Correspondent; in 2003 for Best News Story for her CBS Evening News report on the attempted assassination of Afghan President Hamid Karzai; in 2002 for Best News Story for her CBS News Radio coverage of the war in Afghanistan; and in 2000 for Best News Story for her CBS News Radio coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She received the David Bloom Award in 2008 from the Radio & Television Correspondents Association for excellence in enterprise reporting and the 2007 Association of International Broadcasters’ Best International News Story Award for her report on the Taliban.
Before formally joining CBS News in 2002 as “60 Minutes II” correspondent, Logan already had 14 years of journalism experience, including 10 years in the international broadcast news arena. She served as a correspondent for GMTV, the weekday morning news program of Great Britain’s ITV (2000-’02), and as a freelance correspondent for CBS NewsRadio, a role that included occasional appearances on the CBS Evening News. Logan reported on the war in Afghanistan, Middle East violence, the Mozambique floods, the land invasions in Zimbabwe and the India earthquake. Previously, she served in a variety of freelance assignments, including as a correspondent for ITN and Fox/SKY, an assignment editor for CBS News and ABC News in London, and an editor/producer for NBC, CBS and the European Broadcast Union (1996-99).
Logan also served as a freelance correspondent for CNN (1998-99), covering the U.S. embassy bombings in Nairobi and Tanzania, the conflict in Northern Ireland and the war in Kosovo, among other stories. She got her start in broadcast journalism in Africa as a senior producer for Reuters Television (1992-96). But Logan began her career in print – as a general news reporter for the Daily News (1990-92) and the Sunday Tribune (1988-89), both located in Durban, South Africa.
Logan was born in Durban and graduated from the University of Natal in 1992 with a degree in commerce. She also holds a diploma in French language, culture and history from the Universite de L’Alliance Francaise in Paris. In addition to French, Logan speaks Afrikaans and basic Portuguese.
This year, BCBC is excited to offer participants an engaging Keynote Session led by a panel of leading industry experts from iHeart Media. This top-notch team will share from their experiences in the industry and discuss how the many departments behind the scenes at a station all work together to produce compelling stories, content, events, music and more.
Keynote Session: Innovating into the Future
Broadcasters are an dynamic mix of talented and driven professionals. Their various backgrounds allow them to produce compelling stories for their audiences. Learn the different career paths taken, how daily individual contributions fit into the overall picture and how innovations in technology are changing the broadcast industry in a panel discussion from iHeartMedia’s leading team of talented broadcasters. They’ll share what steps media students should take now to ensure their place in the future of the industry. Joining us, will be:
Casey Krukowski, Program Director
Jeff Luckoff, Senior Vice President, Detroit Region
Mojo, On-Air Personality
Joey Namou, On-Air Personality
& Social Media Manager
Tony Travatto, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming
Step 3: Participate in the Professional Development Track of sessions at BCBC ’18. You’re welcome!
You need to do the work now to ensure you have a job or internship next summer! Sessions in the Professional Development Track at BCBC will give you crucial tips on what to do now to ensure your future success. Here’s what’s being offered for professional development:
Resume & Cover Letter Workshop | 9:45-10:45 a.m.
What you decide to put on your website and in your resume matters. Learn to make the most of your first impression tools by discovering what potential employers are looking to learn about you from your resume and cover letter.
Speed Networking| 11 a.m.-12 p.m. OR 1:30-2:30 p.m. (pre-registration required)
You have five minutes to ask the most important question of your career … GO! This popular session allows emerging professionals a unique opportunity to meet with Michigan broadcast professionals in a personal, one-on-one style setting. Come prepared with great questions and ready to make a good impression.
Media Career Fair | 12-1:30 p.m.
Meet with over 20 broadcast and media companies hiring for jobs or internships. Bring several copies of your resume and dress to impress!
Professional Head Shots| 12-1:30 p.m.
(18+ only, pre-registration required)
Get your picture taken by a professional photographer-trust us, you’ll need this. We’ll send you a link to download your touched up image after the event.
Young Professional Round Tables | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how to break into the Broadcasting Industry? Now is your chance to sit down with recently graduated students in a small group setting. Pick their brain, find out what techniques were successful for them and learn skills from their experiences.