Media Tours

Boston offers a variety of media outlets and we’re excited to offer a variety of media tour options throughout the city, exclusive to convention attendees.

All tours take place Thursday, Nov. 14. No more than two students per school may sign up for any one tour. Tours are $15 with limited space (the maximum capacity is noted under each individual tour.) Only those who register online will be able to sign up for media tours. Tours will be marked as “FULL” on the online registration form once the tour limits are reached.

If you are an adviser who plans on attending a tour, please indicate that in your own registration. Tour participants should meet at the tour desk in the Sheraton Hotel lobby at the start time listed. All times are listed as the time you will meet to depart and approximate return time.

Studio 73: Suffolk University Journalism School TV
7:15 – 10 a.m., 20 attendees

Studio 73 is a fully equipped television studio on Suffolk University campus that runs in partnership with New England Cable News (NECN), the largest 24-hour regional news network in the U.S. See a live shoot with NECN, including set-up, the shoot and break down (students will be able to listen in to live feeds). Following, participate in a round table Q-and-A discussion with a panel of professional journalists and a student reporter.

Transportation: Walk

Boston University College of Communication
9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m., 20 attendees

According to BU’s website, the Department of Journalism combines “a solid liberal arts background with pre-professional education to prepare students for careers as writers, reporters, editors and producers for newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online newsrooms.” In addition to touring the facilities, the students may sit in on a lecture class; join broadcast journalism students as they produce the daily newscast; observe student DJs as they go live on the radio station; and hear from journalism faculty.

Transportation: MBTA (public transportation)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Science Journalism Program
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 15 attendees

The MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing immerses students in science writing and science journalism in all of its forms. Students go on to produce everything from news and magazine articles to blogs and Web writing, documentaries, radio, ebooks and books. Learn about MIT’s program, see samples of student documentaries, and hear about the future of science journalism. You’ll get a tour of MIT, too.

Transportation: Walk

The Boston Globe
9:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 25 attendees

The Boston Globe has evolved into a multimedia source of news and information. Sit in on a morning newsroom meeting at 10:30 a.m., followed by a 45-minute tour of what goes on behind the scenes of New England’s top source for news. On the tour you will see Boston.com, which was launched in 1995 and is one of the country’s strongest regional websites, the workings of the newsroom and production of the print product. The Globe is the recipient of many Pulitzer Prizes and journalism awards.

Transportation: Chartered bus

The Christian Science Monitor
9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 20 attendees

Since 1908, The Monitor has delivered global coverage; in 2009 it moved to a primarily online format. According to its site, “In an era when the mainstream media has narrowed its lens, we’re convinced readers yearn for the opposite.” It’s also the winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes and more than 12 Overseas Press Club awards. See a senior editors meeting, talk with editors, tour the facility and inspect the Mapparium, a three-story tall stained glass globe viewed from a 30-foot-long bridge through its interior – a must-see in Boston.

Transportation: Walk

TD Garden: Sports Journalism
9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., 35 attendees

Tour Boston Garden, legendary home of the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins, and get the scoop on sports journalism with Baxter Holmes, sports writer for the Boston Globe.

Transportation: MBTA (public transportation)

WBUR Radio
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 20 attendees

90.9 WBUR-FM is one of Boston’s National Public Radio news stations and the home of nationally syndicated programs, including “On Point,” “Here & Now” and “Only A Game.” The station has won the George Foster Peabody Award, the most prestigious national award for broadcasters, three times and it reaches millions of listeners weekly. Observe a show in progress and meet with hosts, producers and/or news reporters to find out how the renowned NPR station operates.

Transportation: MBTA (public transportation)

WGBH Radio & TV
10:40 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 15 attendees

Public media powerhouse WGBH serves New England, the nation and the world with multimedia educational content that informs, inspires and entertains. Tour WGBH Studio to meet with a radio reporter and an executive producer of “Greater Boston,” a weeknight news program. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: honors including Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Academy awards.

Transportation: Chartered Bus

Fenway Park – Home of the Boston Red Sox: Sports Journalism
2 – 5 p.m., 30 attendees

Tour “America’s most beloved ballpark.” See the “Pesky Pole” and sit atop the “Green Monster.” Get insight into the running of a baseball team, baseball writing and broadcasting from speakers including Charles Steinberg, executive vice president and senior adviser to the president/CEO of the Sox, who will accompany you in this walk through history.

Transportation: MBTA (public transportation)

Brightcove Inc.: Online video platform for digital media companies
2:30 – 5:30 p.m., 35 attendees

Brightcove Inc. a leading global provider of cloud content services, offers a family of products used to publish and distribute the world’s professional digital media. Brightcove has more than 6,300 customers in more than 60 countries that rely on Brightcove cloud content services to build and operate media experiences across platforms. Among its clients are the New York Times, Showtime and Discovery. Tour the Boston office and meet with account managers and strategic visionaries and get a glimpse into what Brightcove is offering broadcast, newspaper and magazine organizations, to help them reach new customers.

Transportation: MBTA (public transportation)

The Harvard Crimson: Collegiate journalism
3 – 5:30 p.m., 15 attendees

Visit Harvard Yard, then check out the offices of the daily newspaper for Harvard University, the oldest continuously published daily college newspaper and the starting point for some of America’s most celebrated politicians and journalists. Past editors include Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1904, John F. Kennedy, 1940, and Jeff Zucker, 1986, president of CNN Worldwide. Observe an editors meeting, then an editor will answer all your questions about collegiate journalism.

Transportation: MBTA (public transportation)