Saturday, December 10th, 2022
10 am - 11:30 am Central

Free Event

This panel discussion is for high school students who are interested in pursuing their passions in media. Attend this virtual event and learn more about the types of college and university programs there are for journalism, broadcast news, film, documentary, and television.



Discovering what media major is right for you can be a difficult decision when there are so many facets to what makes up our digital world. Learning from industry professionals, we will be discussing the diverse paths that the panelists have taken and what higher education programs have to offer to help you find the right fit!  Faculty from Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Northwestern, and the Second City Film School will be panelists.  The Zoom link for the workshop will be sent to you once you RSVP.

Ellie HALL

NATAS Junior Board Member

Juliette Strangio

NATAS Junior Board Member

Brian Andrews

Brian Andrews is a storyteller and visual technologist. Currently he serves as the chair of Post-Production at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.

marie halliday

Marie was a Vice President of Development at Adaptive Studios and a Director of Production & Development at MarVista Entertainment and is now a professor at Columbia College Chicago.

arionne Nettles

Arionne Nettles is a lecturer and director of audio journalism programming at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

Caroline posse

Carolina Posse Emiliani is an award-winning producer and educator. She worked as Programming Director and Interim Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival. She is now an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Lynn PUSzTaI

Lynn advises, mentors, prepares and supports Second City Film School students and DePaul Screenwriting MFAs. Lyn has over 16 years of experience in professional development and has worked in the improv community for several decades.


Ayesha is a filmmaker, instructor, and poet. She has written and directed many short films. This includes: The Girl in the Blue Bra (2016) and Not On My Shoulders (2017). She is currently an instructor at Loyola University Chicago.


NATAS Junior Board Executive Committee Chair

Ella Lubienski
2nd Assistant Camera

The Chi, South Side, Work in Progress, Fargo

Watch this virtual panel discussion with local professionals from various background in episodic TV production. The panelists provide insight into their day to day and how they got started. They also offer advice for those pursuing similar careers and how to break into the industry as a whole.
Mono Wilborn
Locations Manager

Chicago Fire, Chi-Raq, Jupiter Ascending, Sense 8, Barbershop

Tony Lullo

Chicago Fire, Prison Break, Chi-Raq, Stranger Than Fiction

Tim Jacobs
1st Assistant Director

Chicago Fire, An Acceptable Loss


Join past Emmy winners who serve as judges for other regional chapters and hear their recommendations for how to showcase your best work in an entry. Panelists include: Diana Borri, Emmy Awards Co-Chair; Pam Grimes, Retired Producer (WGN); Mike Lowe, Reporter, WGN; Hector Perez, President, Rocket Productions


Watch Video of Career Day - Hear from outstanding Chicago TV professionals, leaders in their field, about the background needed for a television/new media job.

Moderator: Brandon Pope, Host, WCIU & President, NABJ; Attendees included:
* Adrienne Balow, News Producer, WGN
* Jessie Garcia, News Director, WDJT Milwaukee
* Cortney Hall & Matt Rodrigues, Hosts, Chicago Today
* Mike Hall, Sports Anchor, Big Ten Network
* Sean Lewis, Anchor/Reporter, WGN
* Nneka Nwosu, Assistant News Director, WLS
* Alicia Roman, Meteorologist, WMAQ


Held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022

How unconscious biases impact story coverage on-air & newsroom environments. Co-sponsored with the National Association of Black Journalists – Chicago Chapter.


Moderator – Marshall Harris, Sports Anchor, WBBM-TV 

Panelists – Polnesha Barnes, Special Projects Producer, WLS-TV Chicago; Taylor Musgrove, Programming, WLS-TV Chicago; Josh Short, Anchor, KDVR-TV, Denver; Taurean Small, Reporter, Spectrum, Washington D.C. 


Held on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021

Hear from top Chicago TV directors how to be the best in this competitive position, how the craft has evolved in recent years, how technology and COVID changed the industry, and what the future might look like.