Fast Forward

Fast Forward 2018 is OVER--Planning for FF19 is in the works!


If you are from a college or university, type in the name of your school.
If you are from a high school, type in the name of your school.

For each of the three sessions (Session A, 9-9:50 a.m.; Session B, 10-10:50 a.m., and Session C, 11-11:50 a.m.) select one panel to attend.  Panels are on a first-come, first serve basis until full. 

Select Panel for Session A.

1. Creative Storytelling  >>Panel is FULL<<

What is good storytelling? Producers from different genres of fiction, documentary, and news discuss strategies and tips for effective storytelling on large and small screens.

David O’Shields: documentary filmmaking

Adam Orton: fiction filmmaking

Julie Kraft, News Consultant and Moderator


2. The Mollie Tibbetts Case: Narrative impact and storytelling challenges

Four journalists who covered the case closely discuss the challenges and ethics of how the Mollie Tibbetts case was covered and interpreted.

Anelia Dimitrova, University of Northern Iowa, moderator 

Gage Miskimen, editor in chief, Daily Iowan 

Kat Russell, reporter, Cedar Rapids Gazette 

Olivia Schmitt, reporter, KWWL

Jim Averill, photojournalist, KWWL


3. Speed Networking: Meet the Pros

Meet and greet a variety of media industry professionals--ask questions, listen to personal advice, and pitch your ideas in a speed networking session!

Jim Coloff, Cedar Valley Broadcasting

Jaime Copley, KIMT

Amelia Monroe-Torre, Mindstream Media


4. Drones: Getting that Amazing Shot

Drone usage is expanding in commercial production and newsgathering. Learn about certification requirements, tips and challenges, and drone models employed in the industry.

Ben Stineman, Rotor Visual

Dan Whealy, KWWL


1. Broadcasting & Radio

Learn how to get your start in the broadcasting business and find an interesting career. Radio professionals discuss their business and pathways to success, beginning with entry level opportunities.

Jim Coloff, Cedar Valley Broadcasting

Deborah Berry, KBBG-FM 88.1

Connor Kenney, NRG Media


2. TV Producing  >>Panel is FULL<<

The day-to-day challenges of running a video production company, working full time as a freelancer and as a Canon sales rep.

Matthew Carmen, TV Producer and Canon USA sales representative

This session during Fast Forward will be followed by a Canon Product Demo at 2:30 p.m. open to FF attendees and people from local media production houses.  


3. Magazines Go Digital

The magazine industry is rapidly shifting from print to digital. Magazine industry insiders explain how this is happening, and the new digital careers in magazines.

Jeremy Schraffenberger, Multi-genre Editor, the North American Review 

Olivia Guns, Corporate Communications, Meredith Corporation, Des Moines


4. Sports Production/Sportscasting  >>Panel is FULL<<

How to break into Sports Media, and the challenges of grabbing great coverage!

Matt Lange, CBS2/FOX28 Cedar Rapids

Eric Braley, ESPN3, Around the Corner Productions


1. Young Professionals in Media

Young Professionals talk about the challenges of finding jobs, nailing interviews, succeeding at a company, and strategizing for continued career growth.

Shayna Grundey, Conversion Artist, Scientific Games, 

Abigail Takes, Account Coordinator, Mindstream Media

Lindsay Cota, Human Resources Manager, Mindstream Media

Kyle Stoutenberg, Marketing Coordinator & Digital Lead, Meraki Creative


2. Post-production: Avid Media Composer   >>Panel is FULL<<

Demonstration of Avid editing features with hands-on practice, including project workflow, set up, and editing tips. Possible topics include color correction, editing effects, and workflows to Pro Tools or external effects systems. Basic knowledge of the Avid Media Composer 8 system is recommended.

Quincy Gunderson, Hollywood editor


3. Creating a Competitive Resume

A media industry recruitment specialist shares tips and tricks to a successful job search, from crafting a competitive resume, to compiling a reel or online portfolio, and other job search materials.

Teresa Hein, President, My Media Jobs


4. News Directors

Iowa’s top News Directors examine how TV newsrooms tackle the challenges of creating and presenting compelling and informative broadcast news.

Jaime Copley, KIMT 

Allison Gibson, KWWL

Rod Peterson, WHO

Julie Kraft, Moderator


Fast Forward Sessions followed by free LUNCH!


Then KEYNOTE ADDRESS with Eva Anderson!


And stay for a special CANON PRODUCT DEMO at 2:30pm!