Last year's convention in Los Angeles featured four successful media professionals as keynote speakers. The lessons they taught, and the advice they offered, was invaluable, and most stayed afterwards to talk to attendees one-on-one for that extra bit of advice that can make all the difference!
Joe Fryer is a correspondent for NBC News. He’s based in Los Angeles and reports for NBC Nightly News, TODAY and MSNBC. Before joining the network, he reported for KING 5 News, where he focused on in-depth reports and daily assignments. Joe also spent six years at KARE 11 News in Minneapolis, which is his hometown. Early in his career, he worked at WTVF-TV in Nashville, TN, WBAY-TV in Green Bay, WI, and WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY. Joe's a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He has been honored with four national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including the prestigious Writing Murrow in 2006. His awards shelf also includes 19 regional Emmys, 11 regional Murrows, two National Headliners and the SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award. He’s a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and teaches at the annual NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop in Texas.
Veteran media executive Crowley Sullivan has served as the Executive Vice President & General Manager of Campus Insiders for three and a half years. During that time he has spearheaded the growth of the platform from the ground up. Sullivan’s efforts have included the development of and the daily leadership of the team that has been responsible for the platform’s offerings. In addition to leading the strategic vision for the creative approach to the growth of Campus Insiders, Sullivan has worked with the Campus Insiders team and across the industry to lead the development and expansion of distribution channels, partnerships with such conferences as the Mountain West, Atlantic 10, West Coast Conference, Patriot League and Big 12 for the broadcast of live events and other content, securing veteran broadcast talent and developing original programming.
Chelsea Briggs is an entertainment host, pop-culture expert and YouTube personality whose quirky hosting style and relatable, down-to-earth spirit have made her a household name in Hollywood and a favorite with Gen-Z and Millennials. As Host, Executive Producer and part owner of Hollywire TV, Chelsea has worked intensely over the last 6 years to build the entertainment brand from the ground up. Chelsea’s fresh and vibrant approach to covering the daily news has garnered more than 500 million views on YouTube and over 1.2 million subscribers, as well as an impressive personal social media following. During her career as a host, Chelsea has interviewed the biggest names in the business including Justin Timberlake, Rachel McAdams, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the list truly goes on. In October of 2015, Chelsea partnered with VH1 and the Streamy Awards to host the (live) nomination announcements as well as the pre-award nominee ceremony. And in the summer of 2015, she landed a 6-episode reality web series with BRIDES Magazine (Condé Naste) called “Brides Live Wedding,” where she (and the audience) helped a lucky couple plan the ultimate destination wedding in Jamaica. BRIDES magazine covered her journey, and featured Chelsea in 3 issues of their magazine, on their website as well as their YouTube Channel.
Joe Saltzman, the director of the Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (IJPC) and the author of Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film, is an award-winning journalist who is professor of journalism and communication, and former associate dean at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is the co-author of new book Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture" (University of Illinois Press, 2015) written by Matthew Ehrlich and Joe Saltzman. He received his B.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California and his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After working for several years as a newspaper reporter and editor, Saltzman joined CBS television in Los Angeles in 1964 and for the next ten years produced documentaries, news magazine shows, and daily news shows, winning more than fifty awards including the Columbia University-duPont broadcast journalism award (the broadcasting equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), four Emmys, four Golden Mikes, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Silver Gavel, and one of the first NAACP Image awards.