Ben Hagarty

UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa's department of communication studies will host its annual FastForward Digital Media Event starting at 8 a.m. Oct. 25. 

The day will consist of opportunities for students to gain training and information from media professionals and industry experts. Sessions will address the latest developments and best practices in the media field and how to break into the business. The workshop is designed for those interested in exploring careers in broadcast news and journalism, advertising and marketing, multiplatform media production and other media-related fields.

The day is free and includes lunch, but pre-registration is required by Oct. 23.

Session Topics will include:

Why Journalism Isn’t Dying 
Sounds Good! : A Master Class in Vocalizing for Radio with Pat Blank 
Hot Gear for Cool Shots 
New Opportunities in Radio 
Breaking News on the Spot 
Good to Great: How Lighting makes the Difference 
News Directors-Tips and Tricks 
Pitching Ideas that Get Picked 
To Cut or Not: What Makes for a Good Edit? 
On-Camera and On The Air 
 Repping Your Brand: Social Media & Corporate Video 

The keynote delivery will be by UNI alum, Ben Hagarty, videographer for music artists and brands. Hagarty has moved from being an Iowa-based freelancer to owning his own company, BA Human Studios in Los Angeles. He has worked with artists and brands such as EA Games, G-Easy, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce and more. His passion is to teach others about his work and build the creative community through his Black with No Cream online platforms. The keynote talk is free and open to the public at 1:30 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI Campus. Registration to FastForward is not required for the keynote.