Each year, The Sony Corporation invites several students from universities across the country to participate in the National Association of Broadcasters’ trade show in Las Vegas. The Student Experience Program is a unique opportunity, and for the first time ever, Millersville University was chosen to send students to the 2014 show.
Speech communications majors Jacob Pironi and John Coleman will attend the NAB Show, the world’s largest electronic media show, April 5-10. The students will be trained on the latest and greatest Sony products, which they will then help showcase to professionals, potential clients, the press and attendees.
“It felt absolutely amazing to be chosen,” said Coleman, a junior. “It is a great feeling to be representing Millersville at this huge conference and I am excited to advance my skills.”
Pironi, a senior, felt similarly, calling it “the opportunity of a lifetime.”
With more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and 1,550+ exhibitors, the NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. The Sony NAB Student Experience Program, which started 25 years ago as a partnership with Baylor University, selects colleges and universities who are well known for their video/film programs. The convention is a unique networking opportunity for the students and professionals.
“Millersville’s broadcasting program is great,” said Pironi, who is a member of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) and serves as the in-studio producer for MUTV. “Through organizations such as MUTV and NBS, students are capable of generating content and broadcasting it live.”
“Sony has an internal selection process to choose schools each year,” said Shari Sentlowitz, education market development manager at Sony. “Millersville was selected as a way to recognize their recent Sony equipment purchases and to say thank you for continuing to choose Sony.”
Coleman, who hopes to enjoy a career working behind the scenes in the world of television production, expressed excitement over the opportunity for advancement that the NAB Student Experience Program and Millersville University provide. “There are so many opportunities for advancement of skills with MUTV,” said Coleman. “We have new technology that opens so many doors for our members. It is a really exciting time for MUTV and the broadcasting department.”
“I never expected anything like this to happen to be quite honest,” said Pironi of the idea of attending the world’s largest electronic media show. “I’m so thankful I get to be a part of it.”