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UC’s newspaper executive staff heads to NYC for convention

Williamsburg, Ky. – The executive staff of University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) student newspaper, The Patriot, will be visiting New York City March 12-15 for the National College Media Convention. The members going include Timothy Wyatt, Kristina Smith, Natasha Jones and faculty adviser, Jeremiah Massengale.

“It gives us a good chance to learn from the experts in the industry,” Massengale said. “We’re a college media outlet going to the media capital of the world.”

The convention will be a good opportunity for the group to network and make connections with other colleges, newspapers, and experts in the field. Sessions will be held for specific trades, such as design and social media. Each night will have a keynote speaker, including Scott Pelley, the anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News.

The group will be sightseeing and touring the city as well as attending the convention. They will take a tour of Newsweek and have tickets to attend tapings of shows, such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The group has expressed their high anticipation for the impending departure.

“I’m pretty excited because I’ve had this fondness for New York,” Wyatt said. “I’m from Corbin, but I’m looking forward to taking in the city and doing all the exciting things.”

On the final day of their trip, the group will attend a banquet and awards ceremony, for which The Patriot is competing for the College Media Association’s Apple Award for Best College Newspaper in the small college category.

At the moment, The Patriot staff is doing a redesign of the newspaper, but will return to biweekly publications in April. Wyatt said they are coming out with a digital issue next week as a supplement.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

Article provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant