Don’t Miss This Fall’s FILM 48 General Interest Meeting Oct. 5 at 5!

The BEA’s FILM 48 is an international film competition in which participants write, shoot, and produce a short film in just 48 hours. This fall the competition will be taking place from October 20th-22nd, organized by New Paltz’s Media Society Club.

Participating in FILM 48 is encouraged to ALL New Paltz students, regardless of major, as it requires writers, directors, audio technicians, actors, and creatives alike. If you are interested in participating or just want to learn more about FILM 48 and Media Society, please come to our general interest meeting on Thursday, October 5th at 5pm in SUB430.

We hope to see you there!

Join Us Oct. 3 for Ottaway Visiting Professor of Journalism Amanda Sperber Q&A

Please join us on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Honors Center in College Hall for the introduction of this year’s James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism, Amanda Sperber.

SUNY New Paltz President Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler will host a Q&A with Sperber about her life and career and take questions from the audience.

Sperber is an independent journalist and foreign correspondent whose work has appeared in Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, the Economist, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the Intercept, the Nation, NBC, Marie Claire, Reuters, VICE World News, and Vogue, among other publications.

She is a former Logan nonfiction fellow, a fellow with Type Investigations, and an investigative fellow with Code for Africa, the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism initiative. Sperber won the Thomson-Reuters Kurt Schork Memorial Award in the Freelancer Category for her reportage in Somalia. She has received grants from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting, and the United Nations Foundation, among others.

At New Paltz this semester, she is teaching a class in international reporting. The event is free and all are welcome!

If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact the event organizer Rachel Somerstein, Director, James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship in Journalism at Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Attend the Alumni Panel and Guest Speakers on Media Day, May 11, 2023

The Department of Digital Media and Journalism, CAS, SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association, and The Media Society Present… Media Day 2023! Media Day will take place Thursday, May 11, beginning with the Alumni Panel at 10am and closing at 6pm with Keynote Speakers at the College Terrace.

The 10am Alumni Panel will include Clark Slater, Breanne Casucci, Katelyn Cordero, Alanna Gill, and Lakendra Smith. This panel opens opportunities to network with the graduates and learn about their career ladders and paths. Breakfast will also be served! The 6pm keynote will include speakers Joy + Noelle, who will share about their career in animation. The keynote will also honor DMJ Professor Emirati Lynn Spangler with refreshments and appetizers. 

2023 Media Day poster

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Spring Film48 Happening in New Paltz; Meeting Thurs., March 9 in CSB54

SUNY New Paltz’s Media Society, a Broadcast Education Association Student Club, is putting on its own local Film48 competition! It will take place the weekend of March 24th to March 26th. Teams of students will be given 48 hours to create a short film from start to finish, with a handful of criteria they must use in their productions as well.

A general interest meeting will be taking place this Thursday, March 9th, in CSB 54, from 5:00-6:15. Students will be informed of competition rules and can also use the event to put their own teams together. We will hold a viewing party in the weeks following the competition, where students will be able to vote for their favorite films. Hope to see you there!

Digital Journalism Training Series Offered April 19, May 3 and June 14 from Online News Association

The Online News Association (ONA) is partnering with Microsoft to hold a special training series, from April – June 2022, on a variety of topics designed for new professionals in the digital journalism field.

  • The first session will take place on Tuesday, April 19th at 3:00 p.m. EDT and will touch on The Future of Text-to-Speech in Journalism featuring Microsoft’s Deb Adeogba. Link to the registration page here.
  • The second training will take place on May 3rd at 3:00 p.m. EDT and will focus on Telling a Story with Data “In this session, we’ll start with data from the CDC, and look at what we can learn state-by-state. We’ll analyze the data in the free version of Excel, write and edit a story about it in the free version of Word, post that story to a WordPress blog, and share that content out to Microsoft Start, exposing our story to potentially more than a billion readers.” Link to the registration page here
  • The last session will take place on June 14th and will feature Devna Shukla who will be discussing her broadcast experience with Anderson Cooper,  larger publisher trends and overall media diversity efforts. Link to the registration page here.

Send any questions to Diana López, Program Coordinator at