Roxbury High School Set to Host First Ever Student-run Media Conference on May 1

ROXBURY TWP. —  Roxbury High School’s premiere Media Conference, set for Thursday, May 1, is an entirely student-run endeavor which has taught student leaders the importance of organization and teamwork through event planning.

Co-chair Samantha King, a senior at Roxbury High School said, “We originally began planning this event in November of 2013 after my advisor Deborah Burleigh and I returned from the JEA/NSPA East Coast Journalism Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Myself and other co-chair Jimmy Irving have been delegating tasks to other students in our Television Production II class, and we are so excited to see everything coming together.”

Speakers at the conference will be traveling from as far as Greenwich, Connecticut to present to students regarding the ever-growing realm of media. Speakers experience range from professionals to high school students. During breakout sessions at the conference, students will have the freedom to choose which session they are interested in attending, with topics ranging from broadcast to print to ethics.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Eric Barrow, the SundaySports Editor of the New York Daily News. Barrow has worked as an editor and sports writer since his start at the Trentonian in 1997. Before reporting for the New York Daily News, Barrow spent time working for the LA Daily News in Los Angeles and the New York Post. In 2007, Barrow won an Associated Press of Sports Editors award for a story on the lasting impact on the game of baseball of late-hitting coach Charley Lau.

Roxbury will be welcoming more than 150 students from Roxbury, Kinnelon, and Jefferson High schools to attend the conference’s events. Aside from attending educational sessions, the conference will be raffling off items donated by local businesses. Every attendee will receive a complimentary Roxbury Media Conference t-shirt, a gift bag, and lunch.

Advisor Deborah Burleigh said, “I am so proud of the hard work my students put into this conference. Since this is the first conference Roxbury is hosting, it has been a major learning experience for all of us. I cannot wait to see what is to come in coming years.”

All profits of the conference will be used to fund the Television Production scholarship fund, a fund that lost the MSG Varsity sponsor in 2013. The scholarship is available to any student who applies and is involved in Television Production at the high school.


Samantha King, Co-chair


Media Conference Schedule

8 – 8:15 Conference check-in (in front of auditorium)

8:30 – 9 Intro for all attendees, hosted by Samantha King and Jimmy Irving (auditorium)

9:10 – 9:55 Breakout session 1

Library Conference Room: Natalie and Sabrina – Television analysis

Television Studio: Ameerah Palacios – LinkedIn Networking

M213 – Newspaper Production Room: John Taglareni – Investigating

Auditorium: Ian Moore – Why newspapers aren’t a dying breed

Library (upstairs): College fair

10 – 10:45 Complimentary lunch and college fair

10:50 – 11:35 Breakout session 2

Library Conference Room: Kinnelon students

Television Studio: Samantha King – Portfolio

M213 – Newspaper Production Room: Guy Adami

Auditorium: Claire Regan – Covering a Catastrophe

Library (upstairs): College fair

11:45 – 12:30 Keynote speaker (auditorium)
Eric Barrow of the New York Daily News

12:30 – 1 Raffle

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