Student media conferences are popping up all over the UK. With the recent success of SRACon, which was hosted here at De Montfort University last month, more students than ever are involved in their respective student media groups.
On May 6th 2017, The Demon editorial team travelled to Leeds for the Student Publication Association National Conference (or SPANC, yes, we know) at the University of Leeds.
SPANC is the equivalent to SRACon or NaSTAs, where Demon TV won four national awards earlier this year; hundreds of aspiring broadcasters and journalists joined together for two days of conference.
SPANC took place over the weekend and featured informative talks from industry professionals such as Richard Edwards (BBC Radio Leeds) and James Ball (BuzzFeed UK).
SPANC had a glitzy awards ceremony to celebrate student publications around the country in the middle of the conference – but don’t forget about the conference itself! This is our first tip for surviving a student media conference.
At SPANC, The Demon team attended talks about personal branding, fake-news and social media managing. It’s safe to say we benefited enormously and will be taking everything we learnt back to Demon Media.
This leads me onto our next point; there are so many useful industry contacts available to you at student media conferences. It can be quite scary but push yourself to speak to that lecturer who inspired you.
Go up and say hello and ask for their email address: They will probably be really friendly and might offer you a job someday! You can also find them on Twitter and send them a message, which is a bit less intimidating!
Don’t just talk…
It is so easy to talk and talk about why you are an amazing journalist. Why not prove it? Take copies of articles or have a website link ready on your phone to hand out while you are networking.
And don’t be like us and forget to take copies of your own magazine to a publication conference. Luckily we post issues of our magazine online!
Finally, enjoy yourself. Student media conferences are a lot of fun and you get to meet so many other people from student media from around the country. Whether it is a radio, TV or publication conference, there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate student media.