AWSM staff report
Next season will bring monumental change to the college football landscape as the College Football Playoff replaces the Bowl Championship Series system.
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, will be among the featured speakers at the Association for Women in Sports Media’s convention during Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25) in Orlando, Fla.
Hancock, who previously directed the BCS and Division I men’s basketball championship, is scheduled to speak during a general session on Friday, May 23, at Rosen Shingle Creek.
As previously announced, sessions open Friday morning with a panel discussion on the importance of diversity in sports media — moderated by Dr. Richard Lapchick, founder and director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. Rounding out Lapchick’s panel are NCAA vice president of women’s basketball championships Anucha Browne, USA Today Sports columnist Christine Brennan, Miami Herald sports editor and Associated Press Sports Editors diversity chair Jorge Rojas and Golf Channel director of remote operations Cathy Crowther.
Big East commissioner Val Ackerman, who served as the WNBA’s first president, is Friday’s lunch speaker.
The convention kicks off Thursday, May 22, with a reception where AWSM’s student chapter winner and scholarship recipients will be honored. Also scheduled for late Thursday afternoon are a student chapter meeting and convention planning session for Denver, AWSM’s conference home in 2015.
AWSM’s convention will close on Saturday, May 24, with a reception and dinner at Cuba Libre in the Pointe Orlando complex honoring 2014 Mary Garber Pioneer award winners Nancy Cooney and Susan Fornoff as well as Ann Miller Service Award winner Joanne Gerstner.
Additional sessions (subject to change) include:
• Building your personal brand
• Improving your on-air presence
• Cultivating and maintaining sources
• Emerging social media technologies
• iPhone journalism 101
• Q&A with the veterans
• Hiring workshop: A critique session
• Managing a hot situation: Tips from media relations professionals
Early registration for AWSM in Orlando has been extended until March 31. To sign up: Click here.
To book a room at Rosen Shingle Creek under the AWSM rate: Click here.