Welcome to the 2019 College Media Mega Workshop

The College Media Mega Workshop starts soon, and we can’t wait to meet all of you.

This is an exceptional conference, with a wide variety of tracks, almost 350 attendees and stellar instructors. These four days will make a real, significant effect on you and your publication. Are you ready?

Here’s what you need (and what you won’t). Pay special attention to the list for your specific track. If your track isn’t listed, there is nothing extra for you to bring. Please read to the end of this email so you don’t miss any important details.


Registration will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11. The general session begins at 1 p.m. Registration will be in Murphy Hall, and the opening session will be in room 100 of Smith Hall.


For instructors of attendees who are commuting each day, we recommend parking in the Washington Avenue RampChurch Street Garage or East River Road Garage. Parking at these ramps is $12 per day.


Check-in at the residence halls is 1 p.m., but you can arrive anytime after that. Make sure you have a photo ID when you check in. You can view an interactive map of the campus here. Upon check-in, you will receive your room key, building card access and parking pass (if you purchased one). If you are checking in very late in the evening, please let us know.

Students staying in single rooms will be in Centennial Hall. Students in double rooms will be in Comstock Hall. Students who purchased a parking pass should park in the East River Road GarageCheck in is NOT available at Comstock Hall 4:30-7 p.m. each day. You must check in before 4:30 p.m. or after 7 p.m. Check in is available 24/7 at Centennial Hall.

Advisers who have registered for the dorms will stay in Middlebrook Hall, across the bridge at 412 22nd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. You will receive an additional email with information and traveling between the East and West Bank campuses. Advisers who have purchased a parking pass should park in the 21st Avenue Ramp.

If you did not pre-register for parking, you will need to pay the regular daily rate as you enter/exit.



  • Laptop to work on. Computer lab space is limited.
  • Money for food. All meals are on your own.
  • A notebook/pen or laptop for note-taking.
  • Resumes, portfolios, links to personal websites, etc., if you’d like to have them critiqued.
  • Extra copies of your publication for exchange throughout the weekend.
  • Charging cords for your computer and phone.
  • Light sweater or jacket in case the rooms get cold.

Ad Rep Boot Camp

  • Copy of your media kit/rate card
  • Three regular newspaper editions
  • 1-2 special sections

Radio Management

  • Portable recording device of your choice.


  • Packaged (with fonts and images) InDesign files and PDFs of past published pages.
  • Font files you are considering for your redesign.
  • USB flash drive
  • Laptop with Adobe Creative Suite installed, if you have one.

Digital Journalism

  • Recording/reporting device(s) you are most comfortable with (smartphone, DSLR camera, audio recorder, video camera, etc.).

Organizational Leadership:

  • Copies of your publications for critique and to show.

Sports Reporting

  • Laptop
  • Smartphone

Visual Storytelling

  • DSLR Camera and lenses
  • Smartphone
  • Laptop with Adobe Photoshop and Bridge (or other photo editing software) installed.
  • USB flash drive

Dorm Rooms

  • A photo ID — needed to check into the dorms.
  • Personal care items, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, etc.
  • Small carrying case or plastic bucket to carry toiletries
  • Flip-flops for shower
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag and detergent, if you plan to do laundry.


  • Towels, bedding and pillow. These are provided.
  • Guns, ammunition or any other weapons or firecrackers.
  • Electrical appliances or cooking appliances.
  • Multiple outlet (octopus) power strips.
  • Candles and candle warmers, incense, hookah or any other materials that have the potential for an open flame.