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The Center for Communication is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity, promoting inclusivity, and expanding access to opportunity in the media industry. Through our series of free educational programs, we put thousands of students each year in the room with leading creators, innovators, and executives in journalism, media, marketing, entertainment and related fields. We enable our community to gain essential career guidance and hands-on experience they won’t find in any classroom. Ours is a “center without walls”—a vital forum for the best minds in the business to inspire and connect with the next generation of media leaders.
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The Center educates tomorrow’s media professionals by connecting students to leaders from all fields of the industry to better prepare them for future careers. The Center for Communication was founded in 1980 by renowned CBS president Frank Stanton to bridge the gap between the communications industry and colleges and universities.

Amid escalating clashes between protesters and police, discussing race—from the inequity embedded in American institutio...
06/04/2020
158 Resources for Understanding Systemic Racism in America

Amid escalating clashes between protesters and police, discussing race—from the inequity embedded in American institutions to the United States’ long, painful history of anti-black violence—is an essential step in sparking meaningful societal change. To support those struggling to begin these difficult conversations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture recently launched a “Talking About Race” portal featuring “tools and guidance” for educators, parents, caregivers and other people committed to equity.

These articles, videos, podcasts and websites from the Smithsonian chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States.

These articles, videos, podcasts and websites from the Smithsonian chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States

Grab a front row seat to an intimate conversation with ELLE’s Editor in Chief Nina Garcia. Join us on Zoom for this Made...
06/01/2020

Grab a front row seat to an intimate conversation with ELLE’s Editor in Chief Nina Garcia. Join us on Zoom for this Made In NY virtual forum and hear about Nina's amazing career journey from junior positions at magazines to a gig hosting the Oscar red carpet telecast to being a star judge of the Peabody Award-winning series Project Runway.

Moderated by Elle's Fashion Features Director, Véronique Hyland, this is a conversation you don't want to miss! Free RSVP: https://bit.ly/2MiaNEh

Our virtual “Office Hours” are 1-hour Q&A sessions between students and top media professionals. Raeshem Nijhon, Founder...
05/27/2020

Our virtual “Office Hours” are 1-hour Q&A sessions between students and top media professionals. Raeshem Nijhon, Founder and Executive Producer at Culture.House, joins us for our first session this Thursday, May 28, at 4pm ET on Zoom.

Culture.House is a team of passionate storytellers and strategists producing emotionally rich nonfiction film and television alongside high impact content for brands like Netflix, Refinery29, Showtime, MTV, HBO, and Rolling Stone.

Raeshem will answer your questions on how to advance your career and break into the film and television industry. Learn more: https://www.centerforcommunication.org/calendar?category=Webinar https://mailchi.mp/centerforcommunication/two-words-new-fall-career-opportunities-460780?e=f5c81c8a47

We are excited to launch our latest webinar series, Office Hours. Our virtual “Office Hours” are 1-hour Q&A sessions bet...
05/20/2020

We are excited to launch our latest webinar series, Office Hours. Our virtual “Office Hours” are 1-hour Q&A sessions between students and top media professionals. Raeshem Nijhon, Founder and Executive Producer at Culture.House, joins us for our first session.

Culture.House is a team of passionate storytellers and strategists producing emotionally rich nonfiction film and television alongside high impact content for brands like Netflix, Refinery29, Showtime, MTV, HBO, and Rolling Stone.

Raeshem Nijhon, Founder and Executive Producer at Culture.House, will answer your questions on how to advance your career and break into the film and television industry. Apply now: https://bit.ly/office-hours-culture-house

Slate.com asked students all around the country how they’re re-creating campus life from afar. Since colleges and univer...
05/05/2020

Slate.com asked students all around the country how they’re re-creating campus life from afar. Since colleges and universities shut down their campuses to slow the spread of the coronavirus, students everywhere have been stuck at home, muddling through Zoom classes, missing their roommates and teammates and friends.

Slate asked students all around the country to document how they’re trying—academically, socially, and extracurricularly—to simulate campus life when they can’t be on campus at all. https://bit.ly/2WttTw2

Nothing replaces our live forums and face-to-face networking. But we are bridging the distance with a full slate of FREE...
05/05/2020

Nothing replaces our live forums and face-to-face networking. But we are bridging the distance with a full slate of FREE online programs, and keeping our community connected to the resources and know-how they need to launch their media careers.

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity, and a reminder of how we can use the individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. Please consider making a gift to the Center today. Your support makes it possible for us to pivot to meet the needs of a new reality, and continue to connect our students to a brighter future.

We may miss being together, but we’ll continue to keep our community connected — providing the insight and inspiration that’s more essential than ever, as we all navigate uncertain waters ahead. If you can, please donate to the Center today. Thank you for your support. https://www.centerforcommunication.org/donate

Tell us how you like to Zoom! The Center for Communication is launching a new series of programs in order to continue to...
04/27/2020

Tell us how you like to Zoom! The Center for Communication is launching a new series of programs in order to continue to provide essential career education and engage our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Inspired by the breakout sessions at our career summits, these virtual workshops are designed to help you hone essential skills.

Each workshop will be led by an industry leader via videoconference and focus on topics that will aid you in your job search and help you succeed in the start of your career.

We'd like your feedback on what workshops would be most helpful to you right now. Please take our 5-minute survey so we can tailor these workshops specifically for you! https://bit.ly/cencom-survey

Join us Monday, April 27 at 6:00 PM ET for a free Made in NY Zoom panel on where the jobs are in the music business toda...
04/24/2020

Join us Monday, April 27 at 6:00 PM ET for a free Made in NY Zoom panel on where the jobs are in the music business today. Technology has changed the industry, creating new opportunities to work in an ever evolving industry.

Music business insiders take a deep dive into what it means to produce music in the digital age, create an artist’s image, and how musicians can cash in.

Featuring artist & producer Richad Barone; Joe D' Ambrosio, president of JDMI; Dionnee Harper, senior vice president, at Atlantic Records; Ariel Palitz, senior executive director, NYC Mayor's Office of Nightlife, and Steve Greenberg, Founder of S-Curve Music.

Free RSVP to the Zoom panel: https://bit.ly/career-in-music

Join us TONIGHT on Zoom for a free Made in NY talk and hear from writers, directors, producers, and promoters about what...
04/21/2020

Join us TONIGHT on Zoom for a free Made in NY talk and hear from writers, directors, producers, and promoters about what goes into creating a Broadway smash and the paths for launching an exciting career in theater.

Featuring Julia C. Levy, Executive Director, @roundaboutnyc; Eva Price, Producer, @levelforward; Aaliytha Stevens, COO, @spotco; Vivek J. Tiwary, Founder, Tiwary Entertainment Group; and Willie Reale, Executive Producer, @52ndstproject.

What are some of the industry’s savviest minds planning for when the Great White Way goes live again? Free RSVP to the Zoom panel at https://bit.ly/broadwaybiz or watch our Facebook livestream beginning at 6PM ET.

What are some of the industry’s savviest minds planning for when the Great White Way goes live again? Join us on Tuesday...
04/19/2020
Level Forward

What are some of the industry’s savviest minds planning for when the Great White Way goes live again? Join us on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:00 PM on Zoom and hear from writers, directors, producers, and promoters about what goes into creating a Broadway smash and the paths for launching an exciting career in theater. Free RSVP: https://bit.ly/2XmCTVI

3-time Tony Award-winner and Level Forward Producer Eva Price is sharing her expertise next Tuesday!!

Register today for "The Business of Broadway" with the Center for Communication and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

It’s April 7, 2020. American life continues under stay-at-home orders (for the most part), and it’s all but certain to r...
04/07/2020
It’s the disappearance of the morning commute that seems to be hurting podcast listening most

It’s April 7, 2020. American life continues under stay-at-home orders (for the most part), and it’s all but certain to remain this way for some time. Within the podcast context, the looming question remains how listening behavior will continue to shift as Americans move out of a transition phase and settle into an extended period without significant travel — in particular the daily commute, widely considered one of the primary environments for podcast consumption.

Will listening pick back up as audiences find new ways to re-integrate their podcast habits back into their lives? Or will it continue to dip as other media formats — whether it’s YouTube or broadcast radio or Twitch or…*checks notes* Quibi, I guess? — claim those habit gaps instead?

Plus: A podcast CEO gets indicted, the merits of coronavirus episodes, and too much tuna.

Food is essential, but grocery stores aren’t giving it away. Police are being paid during the crisis. So why are we maki...
04/06/2020
Removing paywalls on coronavirus coverage is noble. It also makes no sense. - Poynter

Food is essential, but grocery stores aren’t giving it away. Police are being paid during the crisis. So why are we making our journalism free?

Imagine you operate a once-profitable business that has recently fallen on hard times. Revenue is down. Way down. Then, suddenly, there’s a newfound interest in your product. Demand is up. You have an opportunity to bring back some of that lost revenue. So you look at your prices and decide … to give away your product for free.

How’s that for a business strategy?

And yet that’s what most U.S. newspapers are doing during the coronavirus crisis. When the pandemic hit, we adjusted or eliminated paywalls to make our coronavirus coverage free. You can read it online, whether you’re a paid subscriber or not.

It’s a noble thing to do. News organizations have a unique public service role in the communities they cover.

It also makes no sense.

Food is essential, but grocery stores aren’t giving it away. Police are being paid during the crisis. So why are we making our journalism free?

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing millions of people to work, learn, and socialize from home, Zoom conferences are b...
04/06/2020
Security tips every teacher and professor needs to know about Zoom, right now

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing millions of people to work, learn, and socialize from home, Zoom conferences are becoming a default method to connect. And with popularity comes abuse. Enter Zoom-bombing, the phenomenon of trolls intruding into other people's meetings for the sole purpose of harassing attendees, usually by bombarding them with racist or sexually explicit images or statements.

A small sample of the events over the past few days: An attendee who disrupted an Alcohol Anonymous meeting by shouting misogynistic and anti-Semitic slurs, along with the statement "Alcohol is soooo good," according to Business Insider. Meeting organizers eventually muted and removed the intruder but only after more than half of the participants had left.

A Zoom conference hosting students from the Orange County Public Schools system in Florida that was disrupted after an uninvited participant exposed himself to the class.

An online meeting of black students at the University of Texas that was cut short when it was interrupted by visitors using racial slurs.

As disruptive and offensive as it is, Zoom-bombing is a useful reminder of just how fragile privacy can be in the world of online conferencing. Whereas usual meetings among faculty members, boards of directors, and employees are protected by physical barriers such as walls and closed doors, Zoom conferences can only be secured using other means that many users are unversed in using. What follows are tips for avoiding the most common Zoom conference pitfalls.

With Zoom-bombing a cultural phenomenon, here's how to protect your meetings.

Archie Bunker would prefer you stand six miles from him. Sawyer from Lost will probably face criminal charges for hoardi...
04/03/2020
If I Wrote a Coronavirus Episode

Archie Bunker would prefer you stand six miles from him. Sawyer from Lost will probably face criminal charges for hoarding and reselling precious items. Elmo is playing musical chairs with his parents. The coronavirus hasn’t seeped into the shows we’re all bingeing to pass the time — and it won’t for a while since the industry is shut down — but how would TV’s most beloved characters navigate social distancing in these dark days?

We posed that question to dozens of showrunners, creators, and writers; 37 of them responded with scene scripts, monologues, and episode outlines, including a hilarious Skype session between Frasier and Niles, a classic locker-room speech from Coach Taylor, an excerpt from Selina Meyer’s biography, and a vlog for Rogelio De La Vega’s biggest fans. We even learned what caused the whole pandemic — you can blame it on Veep’s Mike McLintock.

Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic.

It’s a strange time for late night shows. On the one hand, audiences are stuck at home, incredibly bored, and looking fo...
04/02/2020
Samantha Bee Opened Up About The Struggles Of Filming Her Show From Home

It’s a strange time for late night shows. On the one hand, audiences are stuck at home, incredibly bored, and looking for anything to keep them entertained. On the other, it’s no longer possible to make a live TV show the way you used to — no more live audiences, no heavily staffed studios — often no studios at all.

BuzzFeed News spoke with Samantha Bee about how her show has made the transition. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee is now shot in the backyard of her house in upstate New York, with her husband, comedian Jason Jones, as the sole crew member. They’re no longer dealing with the old-school problems of live TV — celebrity guests showing up late, or drunk, or a lack of energy in the studio audience. They’re facing some very new-school problems.

“We were filming yesterday and we had to hold production because my neighbor was chainsawing logs," said Bee. A few days earlier, there was a hawk circling above Bee, loudly screeching. “We had to hold for hawk," she said.

Bee told BuzzFeed News how she is filming during lockdown from the woods behind her house. Her crew now consists of her children and husband of 20 years.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced people to stretch the idea of virtual socializing to its limits, with seemingly ever...
04/01/2020
The Ingenious Ways People Are Playing Board Games Like Codenames on Zoom

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced people to stretch the idea of virtual socializing to its limits, with seemingly every IRL get-together now finding its video-chat equivalent. Virtual happy hours? Sure! Virtual book clubs? Worth a try! Virtual … weddings? Why not? So it was only a matter of time before people realized that now is also a great time to bring the board game, that reliably vintage excuse for gathering, into the video-chat fold.

Just ask Emma Alterman. She and her college friends have a long-standing tradition of getting together to play games. So when Alterman, a New Yorker who works in education policy research, started doing her job remotely earlier this month, “I was thinking about how all of my meetings had moved virtual,” she said. “And so I figured, why not move game night virtual?”

Game choice is paramount.
I’m not talking about online Scrabble or other video game equivalents here. I’m talking about the kind of games that have tangible components like boards, tokens, cards, dice, and the like, but that, with a little tweaking, could still work over video conferencing.

Game choice is paramount.

Livestream platforms are a home for the world we’ve lost under quarantine. Twitch, the world's largest livestream platfo...
03/31/2020

Livestream platforms are a home for the world we’ve lost under quarantine. Twitch, the world's largest livestream platform, looks very different in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Normally a haven for gamers, the Amazon-owned site is now flooded with streams from entire industries cast off from their normal source of income. Yoga and Zumba instructors, blocked from their gyms, are flooding Twitch's sports and fitness channel with at-home workouts.

It's important to be professional across all of your social media platforms. Ideally you should already have a LinkedIn ...
03/30/2020

It's important to be professional across all of your social media platforms. Ideally you should already have a LinkedIn profile, but if you plan to be in an artistic or creative field, having a polished Instagram can be an important platform for showcasing your work.

Before starting, it is important to identify what platform you should put your greatest efforts into. Ideally you already have a Linkedin profile. But as Antoinette Thomas, Director, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives at NBCUniversal Media, LLC, said at our panel ‘Where The Jobs Are: TV’, recruiters do look at all social media, so it's important to be professional across all of your social media platforms.

However, for those who want to be in the artistic or creative field having a polished Instagram is imperative for demonstrating your abilities. Use the following steps to update your current Instagram profile or to create your own personal brand.

Your Myspace footprint no longer exists. Every Sony Cybershot selfie, esoteric bio, cutthroat Top 8 selection, and caref...
03/30/2020
Myspace's greatest gift was teaching us how to live online

Your Myspace footprint no longer exists. Every Sony Cybershot selfie, esoteric bio, cutthroat Top 8 selection, and carefully altered HTML layout has been deleted from the internet altogether. In the Great Site Migration Massacre of 2015, every piece of content generated since the platform’s inception in 2003 was accidentally lost — and a major piece of our collective online history was erased forever.

Myspace's greatest gift was teaching us how to live online. The site gave birth to influencers, before influencers were even a thing.

The site gave birth to influencers, before influencers were even a thing.

These Artists Re-Created Famous Album Covers To Promote Social Distancing, And They're Funny As Hell. You'll never look ...
03/25/2020

These Artists Re-Created Famous Album Covers To Promote Social Distancing, And They're Funny As Hell. You'll never look at N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton cover the same way again.

In these reimagined album covers, popular singers and bandmates stand at least six feet away from each other to promote health and safety during COVID-19.

https://bit.ly/3dvD3Q8

The Pandemic Will Be Livestreamed — The coronavirus is creating an explosion of online performance that is unscripted, u...
03/20/2020

The Pandemic Will Be Livestreamed — The coronavirus is creating an explosion of online performance that is unscripted, unshowered and surprisingly uplifting.

The coronavirus has forced the world’s most renowned cultural institutions to shut their doors, from the Louvre in Paris to the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Many are finding ways to keep their offerings alive online, like the Metropolitan Opera in New York, which is streaming free nightly broadcasts of past performances. (Tonight: Verdi’s Il Trovatore, conducted by Marco Armiliato).

But some of the most crowd-pleasing ways that arts and culture are finding a new life online are being propelled not by major institutions, but by the artists who keep them filled. Pajama-clad Facebook duets by suddenly out-of-work singers, modern dance pieces performed in empty rehearsal spaces, TikTok-style virtual raves put on by housebound DJs — in these performances, the truism that creativity flourishes within constraints shines through. https://bit.ly/2xVTSUe

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A not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of gender and ethnic diversity in film and television. They are committed to challenging its membership to continually strive to be better through education, outreach and networking. THEY ARE ALSO VERY BIG ABOUT FIGHTING RACISM AND BIGOTRY targeting Asian Americans and others targeted because of the pandemic menace.
Bernie Sanders is the only Hope for America. He is the only one who represent us the 99%, and is not bought and own by the rich 1% like Joe Biden. Trump became President not because of his Cheetos hair, but because America (both Republicans and Democrats) were tired of the Rich Establishment running our government. The Republican voters did not vote for any of the twenty politicians who were running. They knew they were all bought and own by the rich lobbyists. They made a revolutionary move and went for change in hope of the people getting their government back. The Democrats, unfortunately not enough, were ready for change too. They saw that the Wall Street Owned Hillary was bonded by the previous administration. That had no problem in coming up with trillions of our taxpayer dollars to bail out the Rich on Wall Street, why ignoring us on Main street. Many Black people like myself hoped that Obama would do something for the Black people. The average White person’s wealth in America is ten times (not twice or three times), ten times that of the average Black person. Let me remind you this is not the 1800’s this is 2020. Obama was President for eight years, eight years, and wealth for Black people did not change one bit. As he signed a bill giving trillions of dollars to bail out the rich on Wall Street. Nowhere, on that bill did he or Biden included anything about giving something to the poor Blacks in urban areas like Baltimore and Chicago. While many of those on Wall Street became Billionaires, the minimum wage did not go up one cent. The Rich don’t want to pay no more to us workers than they have to, and as long as we elect people who are bought and own by them, they won’t! Instead of Medicare for all, they chose Affordable Healthcare, that was only affordable to the well-off middle class. As they sit silently as the Rich raised up prescriptions ten times what other countries were selling them for. Women who wanted equal pay, saw a Ledbetter bill that was a joke for the Rich employer that had no enforcement in it as women today are still not paid equally for the same work. Then you tell me that you were surprised that Trump won? Will you be surprised this time too if we send a Democrat who is bought and own, who only represents the wellbeing of the Rich establishment. America our only HOPE is BERNIE SANDERS. He is the only one that represent us the people, the 99% and not the rich Billionaires who make us do all the work while they greedily hog up all the profit. We, the working class finally have someone who will stand up for us and all we have to do is Vote . Vote Bernie Sanders 2020 - Gregory St James Mundy-
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In the old days when CfC was located in Manhattan – that's my time frame – I used some of the online CfC videos in my classroom. Much, much better they were than inviting a guest speaker. So, I'm wondering if CfC, in light #meetoo and other the #antiworkplacebullyinglegislation being proposed, if there are any upcoming panels about how students should prepare or survive or anticipate hostile workplaces after they graduate.
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Will the Storytelling through VR be streamed tonight via Facebook Live like the Where the Jobs Are: TV panel discussion?
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