Fast Forward

Fast Forward 2019 - Registration IS CLOSED

Please List Your Affiliation:

If you are from a College or University, add the name of your school.
If you are from a High School, add the name of your school.
Must Register by October 20 and select "Yes" to receive a free box lunch (served 12:30-1pm)

Panel Registration is first-come, first-serve until full. An onsite registration itinerary will be your ticket for the panels you choose.

Select one panel for these three sessions.

Select Panel for Session A.

1. Why Journalism Isn’t Dying

The journalism business, especially print journalism, has experienced a difficult decade, particularly as Google and Facebook now capture increased digital advertising revenue. Yet, journalism as a cultural practice is more meaningful than ever. In this session, editors and directors of newspapers share what’s working, what’s not, and the outlook for journalism jobs of the future.

Tony Baranowski, Director of Local Media,Times Citizen Communications

Katie Brumbeloe, Digital Transition Lead, Cedar Rapids Gazette

Nancy Newhoff, Editor, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Karyn Spory, Managing Editor, Southeast Iowa Union


2. Sounds Good! : A Master Class in Vocalizing for Radio with Pat Blank

Ever wanted your own radio show or podcast? Pat Blank, on the air with Iowa Public Radio for 31 years shares some tricks of the trade.

Pat Blank, Host, Iowa Public Radio

3. Hot Gear for Cool Shots >>THIS Panel IS FULL<<

Demo of a custom-built remote control microcar with camera. Plus examples of video work with drones, special rigs and innovative shot setups.

Zach Everman, CEO, Pixel Labs

Ben Stineman, Owner/Pilot, Rotor Visual


1. New Opportunities in Radio

Because of the opportunities afforded by the Internet, radio is more alive than ever. Representatives of commercial and community discuss innovative programming strategies, and why having a career in radio could be the best thing to ever happen to you. 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.

Deborah Berry, President, KBBG-FM 88.1

Jim Coloff, President, Cedar Valley Broadcasting

Connor Kenney, Promotions Manager, NRG Media


2. Breaking News on the Spot

Discover the journalistic challenges and opportunities of reporting live from the scene of an accident. Breaking news reporting in the Facebook Live era, when all news organizations are on the same footing as a result of technology and the challenges it presents for news organizations, especially immediate backlash from the audience when the footage is too close and the story a tragic one.

Chris Baldus, Editor, Oelwein Daily Register

Katie (Huinker) Schweinefus, former KIMT Anchor, Content Specialist, Luther College

Taylor Vessel, Reporter, KWWL

Anelia K. Dimitrova, Associate Professor, UNI Digital Journalism, moderator


3. Good to Great: How Lighting makes the Difference  >>THIS Panel IS FULL<<

Capturing light is the basis of photography, cinematography, and videography. Forget about cameras and lenses, with good light, any camera can capture an amazing image.

Jon Van Allen, Professional Gaffer

Jacob Meade, Creative Director, Around The Corner Productions


4. News Directors-Tips and Tricks

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

Jaime Copley, News Director, KIMT, Mason City

Allison Gibson, News Director, KWWL, Waterloo

Rod Peterson, News Director, WHO, Des Moines

Chris Martin, Professor, UNI Digital Journalism, moderator


1. Pitching Ideas that Get Picked

From newsrooms to film studios, pitching your story idea is a critical skill. This workshop will look at strategies for effectively pitching your idea: how to develop a concise pitch, what materials to use, how to emphasize the benefits, and what to leave out.

Rod Peterson, News Director, WHO-TV (pitching a news story)

Jim Coloff, President, Cedar Valley Broadcasting (pitching a radio program)

Adam Orton, Filmmaker (pitching a fiction project)


2. To Cut or Not: What Makes for a Good Edit?

Editing with multiple software systems is a skill, but good editing is an art. What makes for a good edit? A Hollywood editor discusses his experience and tips for editing for narrative films.

Quincy Gunderson, Professional Editor


3. On-Camera and On The Air

How do you prepare for a career on-camera? What are some of the ways television newscasters build trust with their audience? What kinds of work goes in to the daily presentation of News, Sports and Weather? What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you before or during a newscast? Three working professionals will answer these questions.

Rick Coleman, Sports Director, KWWL

Kyle Kiel, Meteorologist, KWWL

Daniel Winn, Noon Anchor, KWWL

Karen Mitchell, Professor, UNI Performance Studies, moderator


4. Repping Your Brand: Social Media & Corporate Video

Corporate Video is one of the largest segments of the video industry. Businesses hire local production companies and form internal departments to produce content for their websites and social media.

Eric Braley, Co-Owner, Around The Corner Productions

Devin Harschnek, Digital Storyteller, VGM Marketing

Michelle Van Dorn, Social Media & Digital Content Coordinator, UNI University Relations


Fast Forward Sessions followed by free LUNCH! (served 12:30-1:15)


Then KEYNOTE ADDRESS with Ben Hagarty at 1:30pm!


Followed by a Special Session with Ben Hagarty at 3:00pm!