On March 15, 2014, the University of Illinois College of Media hosted its fifth annual immersive open house, Mediapalooza. The event, which is geared toward high school seniors, boasted 85 registered families, the largest number since its creation in 2010.
Because prospective students must commit to a college by May 1, Mediapalooza aims to recruit attendees before that deadline, showing them what being a Media student at Illinois might be like.
The event begins with a check-in, followed by pastries and mingling. Then, students are formally greeted and given typical open-house information, after which they are divided by major and given a variety of related mock projects. These activities are supposed to mirror work done in the college.
For lunch, each student is assigned a student guide to eat with. This gives students an opportunity to ask less formal questions and hear from their possible future classmates.
The rest of the day is filled with tours and informational presentations.
As a College of Media Student Ambassador, I play a large part in making the event happen. Because of this, and the timeliness of the event, I thought it’d be a perfect topic for assignment 7. And it was!
I really enjoyed this assignment, as I was able to examine Mediapalooza in more detail, including the thought processes of organizers and attendees. I think my piece paints a picture of the purpose of the event, though it leaves out the detail that Mediapalooza is immersive.
Additionally, it was hard to find good natural sound to put with the piece, as much of the event was just people talking.
And though I now realize that I probably talked a little slow in my piece, I am happy with the overall project, especially because I’ve never done anything with radio.
A big thanks to Johnathan for helping make executive decisions about my script and Rebecca for helping me decide where to integrate my natural sound.
Check out my audio assignment, Mediapalooza: Is the College of Media right for you?
Additionally, check out my script below:
Mediapalooza: Is the College of Media right for you?
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|BAILEY BRYANT REPORTERMEGAN TUCKER ZWILLING, ASSISTANT DEAN OF ADMISSIONS AND HONORS AT THE COLLEGE OF MEDIA
SHALAYNE PULIA FORMER MEDIAPALOOZA ATTENDEE
EMILY FROBOSE, FUTURE STUDENT
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TRACK 1For most high school seniors, deciding which college to attend is difficult.But according to Megan Tucker Zwilling, assistant dean of admissions and honors at the College of Media, Mediapalooza aims to simplify the decision. (:12)TAKE SOT – MEGAN TUCKER ZWILLING, ASSISTANT DEAN OF ADMISSIONS AND HONORS AT THE COLLEGE OF MEDIA“We think it’s a very successful day, regardless of whether they decide to come or not because they have made a well informed decision about if they want to be at Illinois or if they want to be some place else.” (:10)TRACK 2Tucker Zwlling says that an average of 75 to 80 percent of event attendees end up at Illinois.
Shalayne Pulia, sophomore in news editorial journalism, is a part of this statistic. After applying to 14 different schools, she chose to attend Illinois. (:18)
TAKE SOT – SHALAYNE PULIA
“I was just so happy to see so many other people as excited as I was about journalism. That’s something that was pretty unique to this campus and I’m loving it.” (:08)
Emily Frobose, current high school senior and Mediapalooza 2014 attendee, has similar feelings. Frobose says the event solidified her decision to attend the College of Media at the University of Illinois. (:12)
TAKE SOT – EMILY FROBOSE
“It’s been really informative, and I’ve actually been more impressed that I thought I’d be. I feel like I’m not as confused anymore, and I’m ready to come here next year.” (:08)
As Mediapalooza continues to serve its purpose, it continues to grow. In 2014, more than 80 families attended the event, which began in 2010. Organizers say they hope to help influence the decisions of even more students in coming years.
With off the shelf and online, I’m Bailey Bryant. (:16)