JAG’s Annual Conference Taking Shape

by Geoffrey Belinfante, Conference Committee, Vice Chair

Even though our conference is still about 4 months away, your conference committee has already been busy planning another informative and entertaining event for all JAG members.  This year’s conference is scheduled for May 16th and once again it will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Edison, so mark your calendars now!  The conference will be followed that evening by a gala celebration where we will present the JAG Awards for excellence in production for 2023.

As usual, this year’s conference will feature workshops and user group meetings that will bring you up to date on the latest from manufacturers and tips that help you create more interesting and better-looking programming.  While this year’s panels are still in formation, there will be topics for programmers, production personnel and those with technical responsibilities for their facilities. Topics will include: Why PEG managers should care about Broadband deployment; Interviewing techniques from industry professionals; programming tips that might lead you to new sources of stories in your town; and new equipment that will make producing in the field easier.  As usual there will be a legislative update from our Washington partners, and a report on trends from around the nation when negotiating enhancements to your next franchise agreement.  Of course, there will be user groups for those who own equipment from particular manufacturers.

It is hoped that our keynote luncheon will feature speakers from the cable companies’ broadband suppliers and representatives from NATOA and/or the ACM to discuss broadband deployment and the future of cable companies, and why you as PEG operators should care.

As in the past, there will be an opportunity to meet with and see new offerings from manufacturers and our JAG Organizational members.  This is a great time to familiarize yourself with new offerings that will improve your productions and make communicating with your citizens that much easier.

Since this is the age of Artificial Intelligence, we thought we would ask Microsoft’s Co- Pilot why it thinks you should attend.  Here’s what it said:

  • Knowledge Enhancement: Attend sessions led by representatives from organizations such as NATOA, the ACM, and JAG’s Organizational Members. These sessions cover topics related to legislation, technology, and management in the media field. Learn about laws, rules, regulations, new equipment, and operational challenges.
  • Conference Content: The event features a diverse schedule, including a TelVue User Group Breakfast, exhibit hall, keynote lunch, and various sessions. Whether you’re interested in legislative updates, technological advancements, or management strategies, there’s something for everyone.
  • Networking Opportunities: The conference provides a platform to connect with fellow media professionals, industry experts, and like-minded individuals. You’ll have the chance to exchange ideas, collaborate, and build valuable relationships.
  • The Banquet-.Awards and Recognition: If you’re an Independent Producer, Non-Profit Organization or JAG Station Member in good standing, you can participate in the JAG Awards where we recognize excellence in production in our community. The banquet, where the JAG Awards are presented, is an opportunity to celebrate achievements, connect with peers, and enjoy a delicious meal. It’s a time to unwind, share stories, be entertained, and celebrate the vibrant community of media creators and advocates.

Remember, participating in the annual conference and banquet contributes to the collective growth and vibrancy of the JAG community. So, go ahead and register now to make the most of this enriching experience!  Visit the conference website at www.jagconference.com   See You There on May 16, 2024!!

But you don’t need Artificial Intelligence to make up your mind about the JAG Conference–regular intelligence will do just fine.  Registration is now open.  For more information, check out the conference tab on our website, jagonline.org/conference or log on to www.jagconference.com .  Be sure to check back often to follow additions to the schedule.  New events and workshops are being added all the time.

Thanks to our sponsors, TelVue, Planet Networks, Cologna Productions and Varto Technologies for making this all possible.

Call for Vendors Booth size and event sponsors: Link to Register: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/889386h