General Sessions

Storytelling: It’s all in the delivery (Adobe Express) Joanna Hernandez

Professor Joanna Hernandez, a CJC lecturer, began her journalism career when computer work was saved onto floppy discs – but she continues to update her skills with the latest technology. In her keynote she will share best practices for using the newest storytelling tech tool: Adobe Express

Videography Tips and Tricks- Aaron Adelson

Aaron Adelson is an award-winning visual journalist who has worked in some of the top TV stations in America. As a news director, he helps reporters grab the best video possible. He will share tips and tricks to take your video to the next level.

Scenes and Soundbites: Mobile Reporting Techniques for Beginners- Kalisha Whitman

Reporter turned news manager Kalisha Whitman has trained mobile journalists from all over the world. Cell phone technology means anyone can gather video at the scene. She’ll share mobile reporting basics to help make anyone a multiplatform journalist.

Resumes and Portfolios that Catch the Eye- Julia Vollrath

Career services expert Julia Vollrath knows how to catch the attention of any hiring manager. She has helped thousands of students at the University of Florida land that internship, win the scholarship, or land the perfect job. She’ll coach students on creating professional resumes and portfolios that hiring managers will look at.

What’s Your Story?- Ted Spiker

How to tell compelling stories using interviewing techniques that allow you to connect with your subjects and audiences in meaningful ways. Ted Spiker, journalism department chair, shares his favorite strategies and techniques that go beyond the who, what, when, where, why, and how…

Why Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matters in Journalism and Communications- Natalie Asorey, Katrice Graham, Harrison Hove, and Ryan Vasquez

This panel discussion brings together educators, journalists, and communicators to discuss the value in embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This interactive question and answer session will highlight the importance of source building, enfranchising a diverse audience, and serving your community.

Dream Big, Work Hard- Alexa Lorenzo

Alexa Lorenzo wakes central Floridians up as an anchor and reporter for WFTV in Orlando. She will share her story filled with trials and tribulations and the journey that landed her in one of the country’s largest media markets at 22 years old. She will discuss how she lands exclusive interviews, highlight her most memorable stories, and help you position yourself for success in journalism and communication disciplines.

Navigating college admissions- Rachel Evans
Rachel Evans, a UF admissions representative, will offer expert advice on what it takes to get into a top 10 public university – and or another school of your dreams. She will reveal tips on applying for college as well as what you can do to make yourself stand out from thousands of other applicants.

Get the ‘real deal’ on college- SMI Teaching Assistants
Come get an advance peek at what college life is really like from a panel of UF CJC students who have been there and done that. These students will offer the “real deal” on university living and talk all things relating to college: What classes to take and when? Organizations to join? How to apply for jobs, etc.

College and Career Mapping- Anna Steffanini

Anna Steffanini, a UF Campus Initiatives Career Coach, will help students reflect on their SMI experience. From specializations to general sessions, Steffanini will helps students realize all the technical skills, soft skills, and professional skills they have developed during SMI. Students will then map out and discuss possible college pathways and career aspirations.